Groundwater is Key to Protecting Global Ecosystems

Groundwater is Key to Protecting Global Ecosystems

New research identifies ecosystems around the world that could be threatened by declining groundwater levels. The research, published July 17 in Nature, is the first time that groundwater-dependent ecosystems have been mapped on a global scale. Led by scientists from The Nature Conservancy and DRI, the global effort brought researchers together from universities, non-profit organizations, and institutions from seven countries.

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AWE+ A DRI Global Initiative: Adaptable World Environment

Register by August 6th for the AWE+ Wildfire Summit

The AWE+ initiative will promote an Adaptable World Environment of strong, resilient communities in a climate shifting world. AWE+ 2024 – Wildfire Recovery and Resilience: Working Across Silos to Drive Solutions – is a global call-to-action for communities to implement measures that support resilience and human adaptability to devastating wildfire events. The event will be held at Encore Las Vegas from August 21-22, 2024.

AWE+ 2024

August 21-22, 2024

Wildfire Recovery and Resilience:
Working Across Silos to Drive Solutions

AWE+ A DRI Global Initiative: Adaptable World Environment

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