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ICPR - innovative reference tool concerning the effectiveness of flood prevention measures

A new ICPR tool is able to produce a quantitative proof of the effectiveness of flood prevention measures along the Rhine. Calculations show that the ambitious target defined in the Action Plan on Floods in 1998, to reduce flood risk by 25 % between 1995 and 2020 will be achieved with the measures already taken and those planned until 2020. This tool might also be of interest to other river basin commissions. Upon request, the ICPR will make the recently developed tool and the methods it is based on available to other states, resp. their authorities or scientific organisations.

 

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Workshop on "Downstream Fish Migration"

On 6-7 October 2016 an international workshop on “Downstream Fish Migration” will take place at Roermond (NL). Main themes of the workshop will be screens & bypasses, fish guidance techniques and management for hydropower stations, lowering mortality by innovative turbine design and management, policy and legislation for hydropower, knowledge dissemination, telemetry monitoring techniques, and criteria to define efficiency.

ICPR at the kick-off meeting of the 2nd World Fish Migration Day in Washington

The World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) takes place on 21 May 2016 for the second time. The focus is on the ecological continuity of rivers for migratory fish. 1500 organisations featuring more than 400 events are involved and are drawing attention to Salmon & Co. And ICPR is taking part! The chairman of ICPR, Gustaaf Borchardt, will celebrate the start of the 2nd WFMD on 20 May 2016 in Washington, together with other renowned personalities. He will talk about the success concerning the return of the salmon in the Rhine. An important milestone was reached: The 3rd fish way of the Upper Rhine at the barrage in Strasbourg is officially inaugurated on 19 May 2016.

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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04.08.2015
Reports

231. Report of the President of the ICPR 2015

In the Plenary Session, the President of the ICPR annually reports on the most important activities of the Commission...


18.08.2015
Reports

230. Warning and Alarm Plan Rhine - Reported incidents 2014

The objective of the Warning and Alarm Plan (WAP) is, to pass on reports on sudden pollutions with substances noxious...


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...


11.07.2016

ICPR - innovative reference tool concerning the effectiveness of flood prevention measures

A new ICPR tool is able to produce a quantitative proof of the effectiveness of flood prevention measures along the Rhine. Calculations show that the ambitious target defined in the Action Plan on Floods in 1998, to reduce flood risk by 25 % between 1995 and 2020 will be achieved with the measures already taken and those planned until 2020. This tool might also be of interest to other river basin commissions. Upon request, the ICPR will make the recently developed tool and the methods it is based on available to other states, resp. their authorities or scientific organisations.There are further steps towards ecological river continuity: For the first time, in...


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...


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Conferences and Workshops: You may here download documents concerning the different events (13. 06. 2016)
 
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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