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Presentation of the World Wildlife Fund to the TNHCC luncheon on March 11


  • 1. World Wildlife Fund: The Southeast Rivers and Streams Judy Takats Senior Program Officer World Wildlife Fund Wednesday,10 March2009

2. bringing the world together to fight climate change 3. what is Earth Hour? 4. WWF: a leading force against climate change 5. aglobal eventcreatedto symbolize thateach one of us , working together, canmake a differencein climate change. 6. Dedicated Expertsfrom around the world are.... Shaping global agreements on carbon Implementing adaptation plans for high-risk ecosystemsWorking with businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissionsProtecting forests that help mitigate climate change 7. Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Nashville, Las Vegas,Los Angeles, New York & San Francisco 2009 8. global reach:Earth Hour 2009 flagship cities already includeAbu Dhabi Amman Aukland Bangkok Beijing Buenos AiresBrisbane CalgaryChicagoCopenhagen Dublin Galway Geneva Gold Coast Hong Kong Istanbul MiamiMoscow Montevideo Nairobi New York City Nashville Oslo Paris Jakarta LisbonLas Vegas Los Angeles London Montreal Manila Mexico CityPhuket Sao Paolo Shanghai Singapore Suva Sydney Tel Aviv Toronto Vancouver WarsawPlus The Entire State ofCALIFORNIA* 9. WhyNashville? 10. Who is WWF?

  • An international conservation organization that is supported by almost 5 million members globally, 1.2 million members in the United States and almost 12,000 in Tennessee.

11. The diversity of life isn't evenly distributed around the globe. It is concentrated in certain areas, making them a greater priority for conservation. Places of Focus 12. Amazon Coral Triangle Galapagos By 2020, WWF will conserve 19 of the world's most important natural places and significantly change global markets to protect the future of nature. Goal 13. Defining the Southeast About 10.8 million people rely on the waters projected to grow an average 30% by 2040. 266,483 km 2(102,890 mi 2 ) 14. The Southeast Rivers and Streams

  • Outside of the Amazon and Mekong, the Southeast Rivers and Streams of theUnited States is the most aquatically biodiverse.

The highest number of fish, snail, mussel, crayfish, amphibians species in North America. 15. Colorado River Watershed Columbia River Watershed Cahaba - 131Clinch 126 Conasauga 76 Paint Rock 79 Duck 147 Native Fish Quiz 33 Native Fish Species 25 Native Fish Species 16. Biodiversity Smoky Madtom ( Noturus baileyi ) Lake Sturgeon ( Acipenser fulvescens ) Tennessee Shiner ( Notropis leuciodus ) Rosyside Dace ( Clinostomus funduloides ) Bluemask Darter( Etheostoma[ Doration ] sp). 17. Biodiversity Fine-lined Pocketbook ( Hamiota altilis ) Cumberland Monkeyface ( Quadrula intermedia) Elephant Ear ( Elliptio crassidens) Catspaw ( Epioblasma obliquata) Pocketbook Monkeyface Elephant Ear Catspaw 18. Fish and Mussels 19. Evidence of Decline The Cumberland, Mobile and Tennessee River Basins are experiencing the highest freshwater extinction rates in North America. 20.

  • Of the over 490 fish species in the southeast, 91 are considered imperiled almost 1 in 5 species.

Duskytail Darter ( Etheostoma percnurum ) Etiner, D.Aquatic Fauna in Peril: The Southeastern Perspective , 1997 21. Freshwater mussels are the most imperiled fauna group in North America.Trend is global.

    • 75% of recognized species are endangered or threatened
    • 12% are presumed extinct

Pyramid Mussel ( Pleurobema rubrum ) 22. Its just a mussel..or fish..or snail Aquatic systems receive the cumulative impacts of changes in their watersheds, whether beneficial or harmful. 23. How?

  • But how do you change the world
  • through just a handful of places?

Connect with people. 24. 78%agreed that by turning off the lightsfor one hour, I will bedoing my partin helping to bring greaterawareness,possibly leading toactionon climate change 25. bringing the world together to fight climate change

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