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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]

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.                                         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

Reports
26/01/2015

223. Überblicksbericht über die Entwicklung des "Biotopverbund am Rhein" 2005 - 2013

Der „Biotopverbund am Rhein“ ist Teil des IKSR-Programms „Rhein 2020“ zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung des Rheins. Als...


Reports
29/01/2015

222. Rheinmessprogramm Chemie 2015-2020

Das Rheinmessprogramm Chemie wurde erstmals für den ersten Bewirtschaftungszeitraum bzw. die Messjahre 2007-2012...


Reports
08/01/2015

221. Rheinmessprogramm Chemie - HPLC MS/MS Sonderuntersuchung 2013

Die IKSR hatte, um Erkenntnisse zu neuen, möglicherweise in Zukunft relevanten Stoffen gewinnen zu können, beschlossen...


Reports
08/01/2015

220. Die Entwicklung und Bewertung der Rheinwasserqualität 2009 - 2012

Die bisher im Rheineinzugsgebiet geltenden verschiedenen internationalen Bewertungssysteme für die Gewässerqualität:...


Reports
20/01/2015

219. Klimawandelanpassungsstrategie für die IFGE Rhein

Die Rhein-Ministerkonferenz 2013 hat die IKSR beauftragt, im Jahr 2014 eine vorläufige Klimawandelanpassungsstrategie...


press releases
16/09/2014

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....


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...


 
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Map with links to all flood warning centres
Map with links to all flood warning centres