OceanaGold assists with Typhoon Haiyan rescue operation
15 November 2013
IRF partner, OceanaGold, has dispatched their Didipio Emergency Response Team (ERT) to help with the rescue operation following the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The ERT, based at the Didipio mine in Luzon, has been dispatched to the Tacloban region where they will assist the Philippines Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) in the rescue mission.
The OceanaGold ERT is working in a convoy with other groups including the Tacloban Red Cross, Global Medic of Canada, Wilderness 505th Auxiliary brigade and the Philex mining ERT; with seven vehicles, 43 people, 400kg of rescue equipment and importantly, a water purifier on board.
In addition to this, OceanaGold staff are running a clothing and blanket drive, and the company Christmas party has been cancelled with the funds set aside for that purpose to go towards the relief effort. They will be donating medical supplies, buying food, and contributing funds to the UNICEF Children's Emergency Appeal. Discussions are also taking place with PMSEA in regard to medical missions.
The IRF is proud to have OceanaGold as a partner and we thank them for their generous contribution to the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort.
Nushagak's Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust finalises conservation deals
5 November 2013
The Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust recently accepted deeds to two parcels of land in the Nushagak River watershed. The parcels were acquired to protect the habitat and subsistence values of each property. The Nushagak River was a finalist in the 2012 Thiess International Riverprize, and received a special mention from the judges for outstanding efforts in river protection.
The first property acquired is 120 acres located at the confluence of Old Man Creek and the Mulchatna River. In a survey of Native allotments undertaken by the Land Trust in 2009, the parcel at the mouth of Old Man Creek was highly ranked because it was in the center of an area used heavily by subsistence hunters and sport fisherman. Old Man Creek is important habitat for moose and also supports spawning and rearing. The second parcel is located on Chikuminuk Lake at the outlet of the Allen River. The Nature Conservancy purchased the 160 acre parcel in 2004. The parcel was then the only private inholding on Chikuminuk Lake and its acquisition for conservation secured the State Park wilderness designation for the lake. The Nature Conservancy has now transferred ownership and the responsibility for stewarding the property to the Land Trust.
Stewarding the property will be a challenge for the Land Trust as Chikuminuk Lake is once again being investigated as a potential source of hydroelectric power for Bethel and other communities on the Kuskokwim. The Land Trust has provided comment to the State on the conflict between park purposes and a hydroelectric dam on Chikuminuk Lake.
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Support the IRF with charity greeting cards
12 June 2013
If you work for a company based in Australia and you'd like to support the International RiverFoundation, you may be interested in ordering a supply of Christmas Cards, Birthday Cards or Thank You cards to send out to your supporters.
IRF has an agreement with a company called Charity Greeting Cards whereby 40c from every card purchased is donated to us to assist with river restoration initiatives in Australia. There are a range of high-quality designs to choose from and you can elect to personalise your cards with a logo and a message of your choice, or simply leave them blank.
The online system is quick, simple and very popular, with over $383,000 donated to charity in 2012.
Your participation in this initiative will help us continue to support river restoration efforts and raise awareness of our organisation and programs.
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D'Entrecasteaux Channel Twinning Project wins award
4 October 2013
The D'Entrecasteaux Channel project, one of the newest IRF Twinning initiatives, has taken out a 2013 Tasmanian Local Government Award for Excellence. The Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) won the Australian Riverprize in 2010, and opted to undertake a Twinning project with the D'Entrecasteaux Channel / Huon Estuary in the adjacent catchment.
The D'Entrecasteaux Channel Project has a focus on bringing together existing science to understand the waterways better; promote the values of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and lower Huon Estuary; improve the availability of information on the waterways to all stakeholders;and to initiate a coordinated and collaborative approach to managing the Channel and lower Huon Estuary.
The Kingborough Council, who submitted the application on behalf of the D'Entrecasteax Channel Project, was awarded the local government award for 'delivering excellence in natural and built environments.' Although the project is in it's infancy, it has received widespread community, government and industry support, and judges recognised that it provides a blueprint for future activity and sets a framework within which a multitude of users can engage and be responsible.
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Leading international organisations unite
1 October 2013
As part of the 16th International Riversymposium, seven organisations and projects, each with mandates to improve the management of transboundary water basins, announce the launch of the Global Network to advance integrated river basin management around the world. This effort will leverage resources and address the unprecedented, long-term challenges to viability of the world's river basins in the 21st century.
Together the IRF, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the Great Rivers Partnership of the Nature Conservancy, the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Research Network (IW:LEARN) and the ICPDR will foster an open learning exchange to share and leverage best practices in river basin management across organisations and geographies.
The core objective of the Network's collaboration is to facilitate, in all regions of the world, the emergence of more effective and efficient governance and sustainable development of water resources by integrating management at the basin level.
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IRF to present 'Twinning' at World Water Week in Stockholm
21 August 2013
International RiverFoundation is excited to be presenting a session on 'Twinning' at World Water Week on Thursday 5 September, 2013. This side event will introduce the concept of 'Twinning' and explore the IRF’s global program - a unique initiative that supports knowledge exchange partnerships between river basin managers.
Organisations contemplating a Twinning program, undertaking research or funding knowledge exchange programs will find the presented information and case studies invaluable. This is an excellent opportunity to meet participants in current Twinning programs from the USA, Southern Africa, Central Europe, England, India, the Dominican Republic, Kenya and Australia.
The session is limited to 90 people so reserving a place is recommended - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
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2013 Riverprize Finalists Announced!
5 July 2013
International RiverFoundation has announced the finalists of the 2013 Riverprize awards. With the introduction of the IRF European Riverprize this year, three major prizes will be awarded for the first time. The finalists are....
Thiess International Riverprize: Murray-Darling Basin, Australia; Iloilo River, Philippines; Bolshaya River, Russia; Mara River, Kenya.
Australian Riverprize: Lake Condah, Victoria; Tweed River, NSW; Glenelg River, Victoria.
IRF European Riverprize Finalists: Orbigo River, Spain; Mura/Drava/Danube, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia; River Rhine, All countries in catchment; Upper Drau (Drava), Austria
All winners will be announced at gala dinner events in Brisbane and Vienna in September. Congratulations to all of our finalists and thank you to everybody who entered in 2013.
Charles River meets the Danube
2 July 2013
On Thursday 27 June, the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) set off to Vienna, Austria for a tour of the Danube River. 39 people from 4 countries are participating in the international friendship tour linking two Thiess International Riverprize winners - the Charles and the Danube.
Hosted by the International Commission to Protect the Danube River (ICPDR) in both Vienna and Budapest, visitors from the Charles will visit wetlands and fish ladders, go kayaking and biking along the river, and meet with local activists working to protect the Danube.
The CRWA has been blogging along the way. To follow their journey, for maps, images, videos and updates, go to http://www.crwa.org/ontheroad.html.
Condamine Alliance takes out the trifecta
18 June 2013
Condamine Alliance, winner of the 2012 Australian Riverprize, is celebrating its third major environmental award within the year.
The natural resource management group was awarded the 2013 United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award for Biodiversity at a gala function in Melbourne last night.
The latest award caps off a stellar year for the group who also won the 2012 Banksia Award for Water late last year. All three awards are for the group’s Dewfish Demonstration Reach project which has helped increase native fish populations in the Condamine River by up to 1000%.
Condamine Alliance CEO Phil McCullough said this latest win has left him speechless. “We were delighted to be named finalists in this national award but we are absolutely thrilled to have won it,” Mr McCullough said. “Over the past 5 years our partners and the community have worked hard to repair our river and it is fantastic to see this acknowledgement,” he said.
“It is a privilege and honour to receive this award from such a strong field of worthy finalists across Australia.. We congratulate all finalists and recognise their valuable contributions to the environment in their area. Our country is a better place for all their dedication and work.”
New World Rivers Day website launched
9 May 2013
World Rivers Day is set for Sunday September 29th this year and, while the event is still several months away, it will be here before we know it. Consequently, we're hoping that river advocates from around the globe will start planning events as part of this year's World Rivers Day celebration.
A new website has been launched at www.worldriversday.com. The website contains more information about World Rivers Day, event plans and promotions, news clippings, resources, and a raft of ideas for those wanting to hold their own event.
World RIvers Day events across the globe will be promoted on the website as well as through regular email bulletins leading up to the day.
Last year, river enthusiasts from around the world came together for the eighth annual event. It was a great success, with millions of people involved from more than 60 countries. World Rivers Day is based on the incredible success of BC Rivers Day in British Columbia, Canada which celebrates its 33rd anniversary this year - and a huge celebration is being planned there to commemorate that event.