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to the website of the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine.

Nine states – one river basin.

For the benefit of the Rhine and of all of its tributaries the members of the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) Switzerland, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands and the European Commission successfully co-operate with Austria, Liechtenstein, the Belgian region of Wallonia and Italy. Focal points of work are sustainable development of the Rhine, its alluvial areas and the good state of all waters in the watershed.

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New: Climate change adaptation strategy

Climate change adaptation strategy for the Rhine catchment is published

Record-breaking year 2015: More than 150 upstream migrating salmon observed in Iffezheim - Upstream fish migration into Switzerland continues to be an important ICPR issue

The fish passage in Iffezheim which was reopened end 2013 clearly shows the encouraging development of migratory fish in the Rhine. Between January and the beginning of June 2015, more than 150 salmon, 30 allice shad and 120 sea lamprey were counted, which is considerably more than during the previous years! These results are encouraging and motivating at the same time and support the determination on the French side to restore river continuity of the entire Upper Rhine – at the Strasbourg barrage (fish passage will soon start operating) and at Gerstheim (start of fish passage construction is imminent) as well as at Rhinau, Marckolsheim and Vogelgrün. The ICPR will now create a project group on this issue.

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ICPR wins prestigious Thiess International Riverprize

Worldwide reward for decades of international cooperation in Rhine protection!

On 16 September 2014 the ICPR was awarded the Thiess International Riverprize 2014 in Canberra (Australia). During a gala dinner, the price was handed over to the President of the ICPR, Mr. Gustaaf Borchardt and its deputy manager, Anne Schulte-Wülwer-Leidig.

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History

What were the reasons for the co-operation? Which steps and events proved to be decisive? Worldwide, the ICPR develops to be a model for environmental and water protection which numerous organizations take as an example. The secretariat has drafted some new pages concerning the ICPR success history. We would be grateful for any questions or suggestions you might have.  

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The Rhine and its catchment

This report presents an overview over ecological improvement along the River Rhine and its present chemical water quality. Furthermore, it contains a survey of the implementation of the Action Plan on Floods.

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Micro-Pollutants

During the last years, the water quality of the Rhine and of many of its tributaries has been distinctly improved by reducing the inputs of pollutants and nutrients of industrial and municipal origin. However, micro-pollutants are a new challenge for water protection.

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15.07.2015
Reports

230. Warn- und Alarmplan Rhein - Meldungen 2014

Ziel des Warn- und Alarmplans (WAP) ist, plötzlich im Rheineinzugsgebiet auftretende Verunreinigungen mit...


15.07.2015
Reports

229. Assessment of the modification of probability due to flood level reduction measures along the Rhine

Based on the report on the “Evidence of the effectiveness of measures aimed at reducing flood levels of the Rhine”...


15.07.2015
Reports

228. The fish fauna of the Rhine 2012/2013

The species composition, abundance and age structure of fish reflect the large-scale occurrence of habitat structures...


14.07.2015
Reports

227. The macrozoobenthos of the Rhine 2012

The species diversity and dominant species proportions of the macrozoobenthos (invertebrates living on the river...


14.07.2015
Reports

226. Bentic diatoms in the Rhine 2012

Diatoms are microscopic small single-celled algae. Due to their great species diversity, their widespread occurrence...


02.07.2015
press releases

Record-breaking year 2015: More than 150 upstream migrating salmon observed in Iffezheim - Upstream fish migration into Switzerland continues to be an important ICPR issue

The fish passage in Iffezheim which was reopened end 2013 clearly shows the encouraging development of migratory fish in the Rhine. Between January and the beginning of June 2015, more than 150 salmon, 30 allice shad and 120 sea lamprey were counted, which is considerably more than during the previous years! These results are encouraging and motivating at the same time and support the determination on the French side to restore river continuity of the entire Upper Rhine – at the Strasbourg barrage (fish passage will soon start operating) and at Gerstheim (start of fish passage construction is imminent) as well as at Rhinau, Marckolsheim and Vogelgrün. The ICPR...


16.09.2014
press releases

ICPR wins prestigious Thiess International Riverprize

Worldwide reward for decades of international cooperation in Rhine protection!

On 16 September 2014 the ICPR was awarded the Thiess International RiverPrize 2014 in Canberra (Australia). During a gala dinner, the price was handed over to the President of the ICPR, Mr. Gustaaf Borchardt and its deputy manager, Anne Schulte-Wülwer-Leidig.

The prize was awarded to the ICPR on the basis of the remarkable success achieved in Rhine protection during the more than 60 years of the Commission's existence. Due to a positive co-operation of all states based on solidarity the Rhine has again recovered from the open sewer it was considered to be in the 1960s and 1970s....


Updated pages

 (03. 08. 2015)
 
We invite you to interactively navigate across the ICPR maps online and to combine layers on sediment management, water quality, groundwater, conservation areas and flood protection along the Rhine.  (16. 07. 2015)
 
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Interactive maps

maps, sediment management, floods, management plan, protected areas, drinking water, water body, surface water, groundwater, surveillance monitoring, monitoring network, chemical state, ecological state, ecological potential migratory fish
interactive maps
Map with links to all flood warning centres
Map with links to all flood warning centres