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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

Publication of the drafts of the 2nd RBMP and of the FRMP

The drafts of the second River Basin Management Plan according to the WFD and of the first Flood Risk Management Plan according to the Floods Directive (parts A) for the IRBD Rhine are available and may be used for the consultation of the public until 22 June 2015:

FRM plan – draft
2nd RBMP - draft

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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26.01.2015
Reports

223. Survey Report on the Development of the „Habitat Patch Connectivity along the Rhine“ 2005-2013

The "Habitat Patch Connectivity along the Rhine" is part of the ICPR programme "Rhine 2020" for the...


29.01.2015
Reports

222. Rhine Monitoring Programme – Chemical Component 2015-2020

The Rhine Chemistry monitoring programme was first drafted for the first river basin management plan, that is, the...


17.02.2015
Reports

221. Rhine Monitoring Programme – Chemical Component: Special HPLC MS/MS Analysis

In order to appreciate new substances which might possibly be relevant in future, the ICPR decided to implement a...


17.02.2015
Reports

220. Development and Assessment of the Rhine Water Quality 2009 - 2012

The different international water quality assessment systems applicable to the Rhine catchment: (i) the EU...


20.01.2015
Reports

219. Strategy for the IRBD Rhine for adapting to climate change

In 2013, the Conference of Rhine Ministers charged the ICPR to present a provisional strategy on adapting to climate...


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....


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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