Most of the intermediate objectives defined for the implementation of the programme Rhine 2020 targeted at ecological improvement of the river Rhine have been achieved. Further distinct improvements were achieved by 2012. Deficits are only registered with regard to the increase of structural diversity along the Rhine shipping lane. In this field, efforts must increase if the objectives are to be achieved by 2020. Discussions on possible contributions to the enhancement of the banks of the Rhine by environmentally compatible river management have begun with the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine representing the administration of navigation.
Improvements in the field of sustainable development of the ecology of the Rhine during 2000-2012 are in detail presented for five fields: