ICPR – International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine

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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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Pollutant contents of the waters in the Rhine catchment have been diminishing for a long time. However, there still are substances which pose a problem for the chemical and ecological water quality. These substances are part of continuous monitoring programmes and the states take…

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Prevention and Adaptation
Future challenges for sustainable water management in the Rhine catchment


The 15th Conference of Rhine Ministers on October 28, 2013 has adopted a precise schedule for restoring the continuity of the Rhine for fish migration. By 2020, salmon should again…

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 Bonn, 18. Oktober 2007

Die für den Schutz des Rheins und seines Einzugsgebietes zuständigen Ministerinnen und Minister und der Vertreter der Europäischen Kommission sind am 18. Oktober 2007 zur 14. Ministerkonferenz zusammen gekommen. Sie haben eine positive Bilanz über die…

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Rotterdam, 3 July 2013
Result of the present ICPR balance of ecological measures taken during 2000 - 2012: Upstream migration is again possible at some 480 obstacles in the Rhine catchment. 122 km² of floodplains have been reactivated, 80 oxbow lakes and backwaters have been…

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Strasbourg, 10 July 2012

Since the last great flood of the Rhine in 1995 the countries in the Rhine catchment have invested some 10.3 billion € into improved flood protection and have thus increased the protection of people and goods. Such is the result of the balance of the…

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Vaduz, 5 and 6 July 2011

By the middle of the century, in the Rhine catchment up to 20 % higher discharges are to be expected during winters and up to 10 % lower discharges are expected during summers, while regional variations may occur. These are among the findings of a new…

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Koblenz, July 2010

The Rhine bordering countries have decided on a comprehensive strategy to address the problem of micro-pollutants from municipal and industrial wastewater. The decision was taken by the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) and the…

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Koblenz/Mainz, 29/30 June 2010

On Wednesday, 30 June 2010, more than 250 participants representing water management in the ICPR Member States Switzerland, France, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, and Germany, and in other states belonging to the Rhine catchment will celebrate 60…

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Koblenz, 29 April 2010

The workshop „Master Plan Migratory Fish Rhine“ which the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine staged in the Regierungspräsidium Freiburg (Germany) on 27 and 28 April 2010 hosted a large number of international participants. More than…

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