ICPR – International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine

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Upon the invitation of Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister for Infrastructure, Water Protection and Water Management, the responsible ministers and the representative of the European Union met in Amsterdam on 13 February 2020 for the 16th Rhine Ministerial Conference. They drew an…

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The annual Plenary Session of the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) was staged in Malbun (Liechtenstein) on 4 and 5 July 2019. The preparation of the Conference of Rhine ministers, in particular of the new programme “Rhine 2040”, which will be…

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​​​​​​​The International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) has published recommendations on how states in the Rhine catchment can further reduce micropollutant inputs into waters. They particularly concern the areas of wastewater collection and wastewater…

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​​​​​​​As from 15 November 2018, the way from the North Sea into the rivers Meuse and Rhine is again open for salmon at sufficient runoff. Salmon may again reach their home waters, where they reproduce naturally. All depending on the discharge, one or more gates of the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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A new ICPR tool is able to produce a quantitative proof of the effectiveness of flood prevention measures along the Rhine. Calculations show that the ambitious target defined in the Action Plan on Floods in 1998, to reduce flood risk by 25 % between 1995 and 2020 will be achieved…

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The fish passage in Iffezheim which was reopened end 2013 clearly shows the encouraging development of migratory fish in the Rhine. Between January and the beginning of June 2015, more than 150 salmon, 30 allice shad and 120 sea lamprey were counted, which is considerably more…

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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…

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