As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Rebecca Tharme, Fellow in Residence at the LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies, presents, "Riverscapes and Lifeways - Biocultural Diversity and River Flow Management."
For millennia, people have been part of nature in riverscapes, coevolving with the living river systems that are the hearts of these environments. As well as being biologically diverse and resilient ecosystems, the world’s rivers have been paths for the cultural identity, adaptation, material and spiritual wellbeing, and security of human civilizations. River flows continue to connect people, places, and wildlife today, inspiring and sustaining a myriad beliefs, values, and ways of life. Tharme will explore interlinkages between nature and culture for rivers, particularly in the context of the global biocultural diversity crisis - in part a consequence of the fragmentation and flow alteration impacts associated with water infrastructure development. She will describe some of the frontiers in the field of environmental flows that are enriching our knowledge of the interrelationships between rivers and dependent peoples, potentially helping advance more sustainably managed riverscapes in the future.
Rebecca Tharme is a Fellow in Residence at the LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Cités, Territoires, Environnement et Sociétés (CITERES), Université de Tours, France. She is working on environmental water management and biocultural diversity under a 12-month award, supported by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement. As an independent Principal of Riverfutures, and through former roles at The Nature Conservancy and International Water Management Institute, she has gained over 25 years of experience collaborating with diverse partners (from government agencies to research institutes) on interdisciplinary solutions to challenges in the sustainable management of natural resources. She serves on the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Freshwater Conservation Committee, and is an Adjunct Principal Research Fellow of the Australian Rivers Institute and an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Environmental Science. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in Zoology, specializing in Aquatic Ecology.
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