International WaterCentre scholarships now open
11 July 2014
IWC is currently offering a range of scholarships for professionals interested in joining either the Water Leadership Program or Master of Integrated Water Management next year. These industry-relevant programs are designed to increase the skills profile of today's practitioners and future water leaders.
- Master of Integrated Water Management Scholarships - close 1 October
Full-tuition scholarships ($49,920) for full-time or part-time/distance study commencing at The University of Queensland in Semester 1, 2015. The degree is co-badged and co-delivered by four leading Australian universities.
- Water Leadership Program Scholarships - close 15 September
Several full ($10,000) and half ($5,000) scholarships for emerging leaders at the project to middle management level to participate in this nine-month professional development program starting in December.
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River Wensum awarded first England River Prize
8 May 2014
The River Wensum is the winner of the inaugural England River Prize. The prize, worth £10,000, was won by the Environment Agency, as lead partner, in conjunction with riparian landowners, Natural England and Atkins.
The River Wensum is a chalk stream of great importance for its wildlife, supporting species such as water voles, otters and white-clawed crayfish. To improve the health of the river to meet ‘good ecological status’, under the Water Framework Directive, the project has delivered multiple benefits to the whole river, from the headwaters in Fakenham to Norwich.
Practical works have included river restoration and floodplain habitat enhancement, leading to an improvement in biodiversity, a reduction in flood risk and improved angling and water quality.
The England River Prize was presented by International RiverFoundation (IRF) Ambassador Alastair Driver and the River Restoration Centre (RRC) Chairman Fiona Bowles, at the River Restoration Centre’s 15th annual conference at Sheffield City Hall on 7 May 2014.
The prize was awarded by a partnership comprised of the RRC, WWF-UK, Environment Agency and the International River Foundation to celebrate successful approaches in river restoration delivering a wide range of benefits.
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The Society for the Protection of Prespa is the “Best of the Best” once again!
16 April 2014
The Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) has been honoured by the European Commission for the second time, with a "Best of the Best" Award for its implementation of the LIFE + Information and Communication project 'Fish, Fisheries & European Policy in the Prespa Basin'.
The Prespa Lakes are among the twelve most important wetlands in the Mediterranean because of their rare fish species. This aspect of Prespa is not as well-known as the rich birdlife for which Prespa is famous, however its protection is extremely important both for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the region.
The aim of the project was to inform the public about the value of these rare fish species and the threats they face, as well as to encourage local authorities and stakeholders to actively participate in their conservation. The project included a series of communication activities targeted at both the general public and more specialised audiences. TV and radio infomercials, a mobile exhibition which toured Greece, leaflets and a documentary film were all used to make the general public more aware of the natural wealth found in the Prespa Lakes. In addition, the publication "Fish species and sustainable fisheries in Prespa," meetings with stakeholders and lobbying to promote concrete measures were all means by which the issue of sustainable fisheries and the protection of fish populations were put more firmly on the agenda.
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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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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.
Find out more about the project | Tasmanian Local Government awards
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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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.
New issue of RipRap now available!
22 May 2014
We are excited to announce that The Australian River Restoration Centre (ARRC) have released their long anticipated 37th edition of RipRap, a magazine that features compelling science and motivational stories that celebrate Australia’s diverse riverine environments.
The latest edition ‘Rivers of Carbon – Rivers of Life’, focuses on the multiple benefits that can be gained from river and riparian restoration, and highlights the opportunities carbon farming and carbon credits permit for ongoing conservation efforts.
The magazine is packed with fascinating articles that are tied together in a beautifully formed publication. Breath-taking imagery compliments the magazine’s content, which includes practical insights from people who live, work and care about rivers, creeks, wetlands and billabongs.
Siwan Lovett, the Founding Director of ARRC, will be running a professional development workshop on Saturday the 13th of November, only days before the 17th International Riversymposium. The workshop will focus on the Rivers of Carbon project, which involves extending riparian corridors into terrestrial landscapes to facilitate species movement in the face of climate change.
For more information on the ARRC workshop, click here
To preview the latest RipRap magazine , click here