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Focus Rhine
Focus Rhine
What can be experienced and where?
Visitors’ centres in the Rhine catchment
Rhine for everyone!
Rhine for everyone!
The Rhine
• is 1,233 km long and connects the Alps with the North Sea
• is an old settlement axis with rich urban culture since Roman times
• today represents the most important economic axis in Central Europe
• with its natural treasures and unique cultural landscapes it fascinates
visitors from all over the world
• and its tributaries cover a catchment area of about 200,000 km²
• all sources, brooks and rivers in this catchment pour into the North Sea
• 60 million people are living in the 9 states of this catchment
• 30 million people drink treated Rhine water.
30 years ago, following a chemical accident near Basel, life in the Rhine
was extinct along large stretches.
How clean is the Rhine today?
Which animals and plants are living in the Rhine today?
ISBN: 978-3-946755-24-1
The Rhine for beginners
The Rhine for beginners
Water flows across the frontiers. 9 states share the Rhine catchment with its countless sources, brooks and tributaries.
The ICPR = International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine was founded in 1950. At first, it fought against the use of the Rhine as wastewater sewer. That was the main problem until the 1970s. As more and more wastewater treatment plants were built, the river recovered, but in 1986, a warehouse for chemicals of the Sandoz works near Basel in Switzerland burnt down. Highly toxic wastewater polluted with pesticides flowed into the Rhine, turned the river blood-red and caused fish death along several hundreds of kilometres.
For weeks, the riparian waterworks from Germany to the Netherlands could not use Rhine water for drinking water production.
ISBN: 978-3-946755-20-3
The Rhine and its catchment
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.
ISBN: 978-3-941994-46-1
Living Rhine
Living Rhine
60 years ICPR
The Rhine A RIVER AND ITS RELATIONS
The Rhine A RIVER AND ITS RELATIONS
There are different reasons for why the Rhine developed into an economic axis in Europe. The decisive factors were above all the waterway and the Rhine as a source of water as raw material.
ISBN: 3-935324-63-4
ICPR
ICPR
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). Focal points of this co-operation are the sustainable development of the Rhine, its floodplains and the good state of all waters in its watershed.
Rhine 2020
Rhine 2020
Programme on sustainable development

This balance presents a survey of progress achieved between 2000 and 2005 in four fields concerning the main stream of the Rhine.
Action Plan on Floods
Action Plan on Floods
Action Targets, Implementation and Results

The Action Plan on Floods sets out the following targets for action: Reduce damage risks, Reduce flood levels, Increase flood awareness, Improve the flood announcement
system.
ISBN: 3-935324-63-4
Atlas on the habitat patch connectivity along the Rhine
Atlas on the habitat patch connectivity along the Rhine
This brochure is available in German, French and Dutch.
Habitat patch connectivity along the Rhine
Habitat patch connectivity along the Rhine
This brochure is available in German and French.
No frontiers for the Rhine
No frontiers for the Rhine
Inventory 2004 in the Rhine river basin

In 2004, a large scale inventory of the Rhine and the waters in its catchment was concluded. Nine states were involved in this work.
ISBN: 3-935324-53-7
Rhine & Salmon 2020
Rhine & Salmon 2020
"Salmon 2000" and its successful actions in favour of migratory fish is being continued in the 21st century. It is part of the new ICPR working programme "Rhine 2020“.
ISBN: 3-935324-51-0
Report accompanying the Rhine water structure map
Report accompanying the Rhine water structure map
This brochure is available in German and French.
Structure map 2003
Structure map 2003
This brochure is available in German, French and Dutch
Upstream Outcome of the Rhine Action Programme
Upstream Outcome of the Rhine Action Programme
The Rhine Action Programme was extremely successful. There were several reasons for this success. The targets had been defined with precision.

The salmon proved to be a suitable draw. The Rhine Ministers in charge kept at it for 13 years.
ISBN: 3-935324-46-4
Non Structural Flood Plain Management
Non Structural Flood Plain Management
The report at hand presents general potential measures and assesses them with the aim of reducing flood damage hazards in different situations.
ISBN: 3-935324-47-2
Conference of Rhine Ministers 2001
Conference of Rhine Ministers 2001
Rhine 2020 – Program on the sustainable development of the Rhine
ISBN: 3-935324-38-3