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Press release - New findings on low water of the Rhine

Solothurn, 3 and 4 July 2018

During the first half of the last century periods of low water on the Rhine were distinctly more pronounced. Discharges were lower, and low flow periods lasted longer than in the past 50 years. The perception that low water occurs more often than in the past is not correct. However, water users are more affected, e.g. navigation, energy production, industry and agriculture.

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Three Rhine commissions organize a low flows symposium

The international symposium „Low flows in the Rhine catchment” took place on September 20-21, 2017 in Basel. The symposium has been jointly organized by three “Rhine commissions”, the International Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine basin (CHR), the ICPR and the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR), together with the support of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).

More information about the symposium as well as the results can be consulted here.

Gerstheim: the track is soon clear for migratory fish!

Construction work at the new fish passage at Gerstheim on the Upper Rhine is progressing (Photo EDF). This fish bypass will go operational in 2018. The fish passage at the Strasbourg barrage has been working since 2016, even though different optimisations are still being implemented.  The fish passages in Strasbourg and Gerstheim will open the access to the spawning habitats (among others for salmon) in the Elz-Dreisam system (region Freiburg) via the Leopoldskanal, once the three sills in the loops of the Old Rhine at Gerstheim and Rhinau will enable upstream migration in 2018. Recent counts show that the fish passages located at Iffezheim (since 2000) and Gambsheim (since 2006) further downstream in the main stream of the Rhine are well accepted: By September 2017, more than 150 upstream migrating salmon were registered at Iffezheim and 100 at Gambsheim.  So far, in 2017, more than 100 salmon have migrated upstream the R. Sieg flowing into the Rhine near Bonn.

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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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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Reports

250. Bericht der Präsidentin der IKSR 2018

Die Präsidentin der IKSR erstattet in der PLEN-CC jährlich Bericht über die wichtigsten Kommissionsaktivitäten...


Reports

249. Internationaler Warn- und Alarmplan Rhein (IWAP) - Meldungen 2017 -

Ziel des internationalen Warn- und Alarmplans (IWAP) ist, plötzlich im Rheineinzugsgebiet auftretende...


Reports

248. Bestandsaufnahme zu den Niedrigwasserverhältnissen am Rhein

Niedrigwasserperioden am Rhein waren in der ersten Hälfte des letzten Jahrhunderts deutlich ausgeprägter. Sie...


Reports

247. „Masterplan Wanderfische Rhein 2018“ -eine Aktualisierung des Masterplans 2009-

Der „Masterplan Wanderfische Rhein“ aus dem Jahr 2009 (IKSR-Bericht Nr. 179) wurde aufgrund neuer...


Reports

246. Micropollutants in the Rhine Catchment Area Summary 2017

Since 2008, the ICPR has compiled information regarding the relevance of various micropollutants in the Rhine...


press releases

New findings on low water of the Rhine

Solothurn, 3 and 4 July 2018

During the first half of the last century periods of low water on the Rhine were distinctly more pronounced. Discharges were lower, and low flow periods lasted longer than in the past 50 years. The perception that low water occurs more often than in the past is not correct. However, water users are more affected, e.g. navigation, energy production, industry and agriculture.


press releases

ICPR - The Rhine for everyone!

How is the Rhine today? The general public is provided with appropriate information in the new ICPR brochure “Rhine for Everyone”. The ICPR aims at sensitising citizens in the entire international catchment for the Rhine as an important lifeline for man and nature The objective is to attract attention to the protection of waters and resources, the required ecological network for migratory fish, intact migration routes between the Rhine and the North Sea/Atlantic necessary for their life cycle as well as the importance of alluvial areas for floods and low waters. The ICPR equally provides information material for...


Flood prevention

FOEN: Water protection in Switzerland

The FOEN (Federal Office for the Environment) invites to join the exciting voyage of the pilot Nino G from the strange planet Nuxxo to discover these challenges of Swiss water protection:
Video: "Swiss water bodies – all clear?"

 

2019 – International Year of the Salmon

Thanks to the initiative of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) and of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) the year 2019 is to be nominated International Year of the Salmon (IYS). Public and political awareness for the salmon and its preservation and sustainable use will thus be hightened. Big international events on this issue are planned and further national or regional initiatives or events are expressedly wanted for this IYS (please also see http://www.nasco.int/iys.html).

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