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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.                   [more]

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.                                         more

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.                            more

ICPR Announced as Riverprize Finalist

Since the ICPR was awarded the 1st European Riverprize in September 2013 in Vienna, it figures among the finalists for the worldwide award of the Thiess International Riverprize 2014 in Canberra. The ICPR has thus been invited to present its success in transboundary water management of the Rhine and its catchment during the 17th Riversymposium in Australia on 15 September 2014.

Other finalists are:
Glenelg River (Australia)
Petitcodiac River (Canada),
San Antonio River (USA)

www.riverfoundation.org.au/articles/2014_Thiess_International_Riverprize_Finalists  

Reports
21/01/2014

214. Estimation of the effects of climate change scenarios on future Rhine water temperature development Extensive Version

For the first time the ICPR has presented a report on the estimation of the effects of climate change on future Rhine...


Reports
21/01/2014

213. Estimation of the effects of climate change scenarios on future Rhine water temperature development Summary report

For the first time the ICPR has presented a report on the estimation of the effects of climate change on future Rhine...


Reports
10/04/2014

212. Implementation of the Sediment Management Plan

Report on the State of Implementation by End 2013 Human interference with the river bed and the alluvial areas...


Reports
13/01/2014

211. Seasonal pollution of the Rhine with plant protection agents Isoproturone wave 2011

At times of cultivation of fields for winter cereals, distinctly detectable isoproturone and chlorotolurone pollutions...


Reports
06/08/2013

210. Report issued by the President of the ICPR 2012 - 2013

Report issued by the President of the ICPR Preparation of the conference of Ministers 2013Upon invitation of the Swiss...


press releases
02/07/2014

Further reduction of water pollution required in the Rhine catchment

Pollutant contents of the waters in the Rhine catchment have been diminishing for a long time. However, there still are substances which pose a problem for the chemical and ecological water quality. These substances are part of continuous monitoring programmes and the states take measures to reduce their discharges. The ICPR Plenary Assembly particularly concentrates on the issues discussed during the 15th conference of Rhine Ministers in October 2013: (1)  the pollution with so-called micro-pollutants, such as pharmaceuticals, odoriferous substances, insecticides which are new challenges for water protection; (2)  the search for relevant techniques...


press releases
28/10/2013

15th Conference of the Rhine Mnisters, October 28, Basel

Prevention and AdaptationFuture challenges for sustainable water management in the Rhine catchment The 15th Conference of Rhine Ministers on October 28, 2013 has adopted a precise schedule for restoring the continuity of the Rhine for fish migration. By 2020, salmon should again be able to access the Basel region. Further important decisions concern the handling of micro-pollutions, flood risk management and the consequences of climate change. In the 15th Conference of Rhine Minsters, the Minsters of the states in the Rhine catchment and the representative of the European Union who had followed the invitation of the Swiss Federal Councillor, Doris Leuthard,...


 
 

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