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IWC Scholarships open!

25 June 2015

International Watercentre (IWC) is currently offering a range of scholarships for professionals interested in joining either the Water Leadership Program or Master of Integrated Water Management in 2016.


IWC's Master of Integrated Water Management is designed to fast-track career development and equip students with transdisciplinary skills in integrated water management. Students enrol at The University of Queensland and choose one of three specialisation streams: 'International development'; 'Urban water' or 'Water, land and people'.


Designed for emerging water leaders, the IWC Water Leadership Program helps participants to develop the abilities they need to exert influence, drive change and advance challenging integrated water management projects. The 2015/16 program will start in December and run for nine months with two intensive sessions in Brisbane and various distance/online elements including coaching.


Scholarship applications are currently opwn to domestic students only and include full scholarship and half scholarship options. Closing dates start 15 September. 


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IRF announced Pernod Ricard Winemakers' Australian charity

7 July 2015

We are delighted to announce that Pernod Ricard Winemakers has selected IRF as their main charity partner in Australia.


Jacob's Creek, the flagship Australian brand for Pernod Ricard, has supported the IRF for many years, kindly donating beverages for the Riverprize Gala Dinner, participating in World Rivers Day activities and helping to support the organisation in many other small but meaningful ways.


This most recent development will allow our partnership to grow and prosper, also enabling Pernod Ricard staff to become more engaged in additional fundraising and project activities.


Pernod Ricard Winemakers have invested heavily in infrastructure and technology to optimise water use at every stage of their supply chain, and have worked hard to preserve and regenerate the waterways on and around their landholdings.  Jacob’s Creek itself in the Barossa Valley is one of the key waterways which has been successfully restored.


We are very excited to begin working on this new phase of partnership with Pernod Ricard Winemakers.


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Riversymposium Earlybird Registration Closing Soon!

25 June 2015

Earlybird registrations for the 18th International Riversymposium close on 31 July 2015!


The 2015 Riversymposium is back at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from September 21-23. With the overarching theme of Healthy Rivers - Healthy Economies, this year's Riversymposium will address global hot topics such as connecting mining, environment and society and market-based approaches to water scarcity, as well as topics of interest to Australia and Queensland such as protecting the Great Barrier Reef and living with flooding in urban centres.


Renowned for its sub-tropical climate, Brisbane provides a breathtaking setting for the Riversymposium with the venue situated just a short walk from the river. So what are you waiting for?


Registrations are now being accepted online, and the special ‘earlybird’ rate of $895 is available until 31 July 2015.


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GHCMA seeks partners for new Twinning program

11 March 2015

In an innovative approach to Twinning, Glenelg Hopkins CMA has elected to share their $50,000 Twinning grant to establish multiple Twinning programs within Australia.


Expressions of interest are being sought from South-east Australian groups and organisations involved in river management to take part in the innovative new twinning program. The program aims to establish some of the best river managers as mentors for groups or organisations wishing to be assisted in the planning and delivery of river protection projects.


Up to three mentor/mentee partnerships will be established, with funding provided to enable collaboration between the groups. Additionally, all participants will take part in a three day Waterway Masterclass, facilitated by Dr Siwan Lovett, Director of the Australian River Restoration Centre, providing all participants with an opportunity to learn about successful approaches to waterway management. 


Mentoring partnerships will continue for a minimum of one year with mentors assisting mentees with the roll-out of their own river management project.


Groups interested in participating as either mentors and mentees are encouraged to visit the program website for further information.


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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.


OceanaGold Website


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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Our flagship program, Riverprize is the world's most prestigious environmental award, giving recognition, reward and support to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management. In 2013, RiverFoundation will award the Thiess International Riverprize, the Australian Riverprize and the inaugral IRF European Riverprize.

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International RiverFoundation's Twinning Program is an innovative initiative that supports collaborative partnerships to restore rivers. This unique program enables Riverprize winners and finalists (Riverprize Alumni) to exchange their valuable expertise with other river organisations that are in need of skills and knowledge.

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News articles are selected for the IRF website based on their interest value or to stimulate discussion and debate. The news articles published on this website do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the IRF, its partners or its staff.

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