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December 18, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

European Riverprize

A European Riverprize is to be awarded annually to reward best practice river basin management. The award will be launched in a partnership between the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) and the International River Foundation (IRF). It will be open to all organisations engaged in the sustainable management of Europe’s river basins.

The prizes are designed to give recognition, reward and support to organisations that have developed outstanding and visionary programs in sustainable river basin management. The establishment of a European Riverprize is one of the key elements of the partnership between ICPDR and IRF.

The European Riverprize comes at a time of unprecedented interest in river basin and freshwater management in Europe with landmark instruments such as the Water Framework Directive aimed at attaining a healthy status of all EU waters by 2015 and the Blueprint to safeguard Europe’s water resources to be launched in late 2012. And what better year to award the first prize than in 2013 the UNESCO year for cooperation in water” stated IRF’s Matthew Reddy.

The ICPDR has a proud history of international cooperation which we seek to extend through the formation of the IRF Europe office and the European Riverprize” says President Stalzer. “All nations of the Danube have contributed to and benefited from transnational boundary cooperation in river basin management and through the European Riverprize we can appropriately acknowledge and celebrate such achievements after many years of hard work” Stalzer said.

The all‐European judging panel will assess applications based on a documented river management framework, evidence of social and economic gains, an integrated approach to river management, a long-term vision and demonstrated, outstanding achievements in river ecology.

We have assessed hundreds of applications from every continent and consistently the European applicants demonstrate integrated approaches to river basin management that are exemplary” said Professor Paul Greenfield, Chairman of the Thiess International Riverprize judging panel. “With a pedigree of previous international winners including European rivers such as the Mersey, the Thames, the Drome and the Danube there is every chance that the European winners will also take out the International Riverprize” said Professor Greenfield.

 To read more visit the International River Foundation website

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