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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 visitors’ centres at fish passages or in nature protection areas and offers to support their networking.

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Change in the presidency of the ICPR as of 1st January 2017

Mrs. Martine Rohn-Brossard will be the first woman in the 66 years of ICPR history to take the lead of the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) on 1st January 2017. Thus, Switzerland will take over the presidency from the Netherlands and Mr. Gustaaf Borchardt who assured the presidency during 2014 to 2016.

Mrs. Martine Rohn-Brossard is deputy head of International Affairs Division at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment International Affairs at the Swiss in Berne and head of its section Europe, Trade and Development. She is a business economist and has a postgraduate degree in ecology and environmental science.
During the next 3 years she will chair the annual Plenary Sessions and further meetings of the ICPR. Mrs. Martine Rohn-Brossard comes from the French speaking part of Switzerland.

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

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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Reports

245. Report of the President of the ICPR 2017

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


Reports

244. Warning and Alarm Plan Rhine -Reports 2016-

The Warning and Alarm Plan Rhine (WAP) distinguishes between warnings, information and search reports. The...


Reports

242. List of Rhine substances 2017

The list of Rhine substances which is updated every three years determines the substances to be measured...


Reports

241. Biology Monitoring Programme for the Rhine 2018/2019

The Rhine Monitoring Programme Biology 2018 /2019 records the joint monitoring on the main stream of the Rhine...


Reports

240. Strategy for Avoiding and Reducing Micropollutants of Diffuse Origin, Based on the Case Study of Plant Protection Products

 The 14th Conference of Rhine Ministers on 18th October 2007 tasked the ICPR, among other things, with...


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...


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International and national water protection along the Rhine “30 years after Sandoz” Where are we today and what remains to be done?

Considerable investments into environmental protection and water protection triggered by the Sandoz warehouse fire 30 years ago have shown that it is possible to turn the former sewer Rhine into a largely clean river. Worldwide, the Rhine with its many uses and high industrial density on its banks has become an example for this development. Countless visitors from Asia, Africa, Middle and South America and invitations to participate in environmental congresses all over the world may serve as a proof. Koblenz, 13 October 2016During a press conference staged on the NRW-laboratory ship Max Prüss in Koblenz, the...


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