In order to highlight the importance of integrated river basin management in Europe, the ICPDR, the International River Foundation (IRF) and the European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR) have formed a partnership to deliver the IRF European Riverprize.
The IRF European Riverprize will celebrate successful approaches that have overcome the challenges to river restoration, ecosystem health, water quality and climate change within the social and political context of the European continent.
Judged by a panel of European experts and administered from the IRF Europe office in Vienna, the first European Riverprize will be awarded at the ECRR annual conference in Vienna on Thursday 12 September, 2013.
Applications will be assessed based on a documented river management framework, evidence of social and economic gains, an integrated approach to river management, long-term vision and demonstrated, outstanding achievements in river ecology.
Participation is open to all organisations, including business, government and civil society, who are engaged in the sustainable management of waterways from the Ural Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. The winner of the IRF European Riverprize will automatically qualify as a finalist in the Thiess International Riverprize in the following year.
Eligible countries are Albania, Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
The IRF European Riverprize is awarded annually since 2013 to reward best practice river basin management from the Urals to the Atlantic. The award was launched in a partnership between the ICPDR, the Coca-Cola Compay, the International River Foundation (IRF) and the European Center for River Restoration.