The IRF awards annually the Australian Riverprize and the prestigious Thiess International Riverprize, which is the world’s most valuable environmental award. The ICPDR won this award in 2007 and has been engaged in promoting it and its underlying ideas.
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 upon the successful launch of the prize in 2013.
An all‐European judging panel assesses 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. The competition is open to all organisations engaged in the sustainable management of Europe’s river basins.
European Riverprize (2.25 MB) An outline of the European Riverprize, which is to be awarded for the first time in autumn of 2013.
- Europe's Rivers - Special ERP Issue (1.19 MB)
Brisbane, 5 July 2013. The International RiverFoundation, partner of the ICPDR in establishing a European RiverPrize, has announced the finalists in the 2013 Riverprize Awards. Two of the finalists are from within the Danube River Basin.
Vienna, 12 September 2013. In cooperation with ICPDR and Coca-Cola Europe, the International RiverFoundation has awarded the inaugural IRF European Riverprize to the River Rhine. The award is endowed with 25,000 EUR and additional support of twinning activities.