The IRF European Riverprize 2015 is open for applications. Any organisation or partnership involved in the restoration, protection or sustainable management of a freshwater system is encouraged to apply for the Riverprize – regardless of the size of the river or the scale of the work undertaken.
The Riverprize will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates achievements across a broad range of criteria, including a documented river management framework, evidence of social and economic considerations, an integrated approach to river management, long-term vision, stakeholder engagement and improvements in river health indicators such as water quality, species numbers and pollutions levels.
Riverprize winners often attract interest both regionally and worldwide, affording organisations the opportunity to build new partnerships, reinvigorate their programs and continue to make progress well into the future.
The 2015 winner will automatically qualify for stage two of the Thiess International Riverprize in 2016, where they will compete against the winners of the Australian Riverprize, the New Zealand Riverprize and the North American Riverprize, among others, for the top prize in river management.
In 2014, the IRF European Riverprize was awarded to Austria’s River Mur for an integrated, collaborative approach to the restoration of 22km of the river, re-establishing the river’s natural conditions and restoring native habitats while addressing community and development issues.
Applications can be made online through the IRF website, and stage one of the application process must be completed by 29 May 2015.
Melanie Ryan, International Programs Manager