ICPR – International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine

Successes of the programme “Rhine 2020” in the field of water quality

  • The nitrogen load from the Rhine catchment into the North Sea could be reduced by 15-20 % through the expansion of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants.
  • Inputs of metals, which had already been significantly reduced between 1987 and 2000, could be kept low and further reduced.
  • In 2019, the ICPR recommendations for the reduction of micropollutants were finalised and published.
  • The inputs of pesticides were significantly reduced by new laws and regulations in the states in the Rhine catchment.
  • The communication on the International Warning and Alarm Plan Rhine (IWAP) was updated.
  • Of the 22 risk areas identified in the Sediment Management Plan 2009, remediation was successfully completed at ten sites.
  • The quantitative status of the groundwater bodies is largely good (96 %).