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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.                   [more]

The international RiverFoundation is now accepting applications for the 2014 IRF European Riverprize

Applications can be quickly and easily submitted online at no cost, and any organisation involved in river, wetland, lake, or estuary restoration or protection is encouraged to apply. Stage one of the application is due on 30 May 2014 and shortlisted applicants will then be invited to proceed to stage two of the application process.

The IRF European Riverprize is worth €25,000 and is sponsored by Coca-Cola Europe. Also included in the prize is a Twinning grant to enable knowledge sharing along with associated support from the International RiverFoundation and the GEF:IW Learn program.

Administered from the European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR), the IRF European Riverprize will be judged by a panel of European experts on a range of criteria. The IRF European Riverprize is designed to give recognition, reward and support to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management.

The overall prize will be awarded at the spectacular Riverprize Gala Dinner at the City Hall in Vienna, Austria, during the 6th European River Restoration Conference on 27-29 October.

Click here to apply now

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

The ICPR has won the first European Riverprize!

"We are most happy about this prize and proud of this award for our joint work" said ICPR president Dr. André Weidenhaupt during the press conference on 12 September in the Auditorium of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.
For details on the European Riverprize see the following official press release oft he International RiverFoundation (IRF).

 

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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. Saisonal auftretende Belastungen des Rheins mit Herbiziden Isoproturonwelle 2011

Zur Zeit der Feldbestellung des Wintergetreides kommt es jedes Jahr vor allem immer dann zu deutlich nachweisbaren...


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
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,...


press releases
03/07/2013

Upstream Salmon Migration again possible at some 480 Obstacles

Rotterdam, 3 July 2013 Result of the present ICPR balance of ecological measures taken during 2000 - 2012: Upstream migration is again possible at some 480 obstacles in the Rhine catchment. 122 km² of floodplains have been reactivated, 80 oxbow lakes and backwaters have been reconnected to the dynamics of the Rhine. During its annual Plenary Assembly on July 2 and 3 in Rotterdam the ICPR presented these successes leading to an ecologically more stable and varied Rhine system. In this connection, the President of the ICPR, Mr André Weidenhaupt underlined: "Since 2000, the fish obstacle passability in the salmon programme waters has been considerably...


 
 

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