7 0.75 0
01

Emerging Water Professionals Program

Blue Line

The Emerging Water Professionals Program (EWPP) fosters education and innovation in water management by supporting the professional and personal development of future water leaders.


Launched by the IRF in 2015, the EWPP is open to anyone who identifies as an emerging water professional, including postgraduate students and early career professionals. Participants from any related discipline are welcome, including science, policy, planning, community development, business, governance, aid, development and many more. In 2015, the EWPP was sponsored by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and attracted 61 participants from more than 16 countries.


The 2015 EWPP was held at the 18th International Riversymposium(Brisbane, Australia), but generated such momentum that it has now become an ongoing IRF program, comprised of year-round activities and culminating at each year’s Riversymposium. The 2016 International Riversymposium will be held in New Delhi, India from 12 – 14 September.

 

What do EWPP participants gain?

 

  1. Access to a cross-generational learning and development platform via the International Riversymposium
  2. Advanced leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal skills
  3. Opportunities to build international peer relationships among emerging water leaders and explore ways to support each other through their careers
  4. Awareness of international perspectives and cross-cultural understanding
  5. Exposure to a global community of practice of people seeking environmental, economic and development outcomes in an integrated and sustainable way
  6. Networking opportunities with key high profile individuals from across all spheres of river and water management
Dotted Line

Enter the 2016 Emerging River Professional Award!

Blue Line

The Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA) is an initiative of the IRF, established to recognise and foster early career river professionals who have demonstrated innovation, excellence and leadership in the areas of rivers, basins, or river-dependent communities The ERPA is generously sponsored by OceanaGold Corporation and the process is managed by the International WaterCentre Alumni Network (IWCAN). 

 

We are now calling for entries for the 2016 ERPA. ERPA finalists will be afforded the opportunity to attend the 19th International Riversymposium to be held in New Delhi, India from the 12th to 14th of September 2016, and present the outcomes of their work.The winner will be announced at the Riverprize Gala Dinner on Tuesday 13 September, and willl receiive a cash prize of AU$500. If you feel that you have undertaken noteworthy work in this area, or you know someone who deserves recognition for his or her achievement you can download the call for entries and application form here.

 

In 2015, the ERPA was awarded to Tom Scarborough, Estuary Planning Coordinator for the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority in Victoria, Australia. Tom won the award for successfully improving community awareness and understanding about the causes of acid discharges and fish deaths in the Anglesea River and estuary in south-west Victoria.

 

 ENTER THE 2016 ERPA

 

 

Dotted Line

Spring into Action: winning proposals announced

Blue Line

A few months ago, we launched the 'Spring into Action' initiative as part of our Emerging Water Professionals Program (EWPP) to support early-career professionals and future water leaders. We called for case studies outlining a challenge or issue an organisation may be facing in managing rivers and water resources, and EWPs from around the world collaborated on some incredible proposals for an action-oriented program to solve these challenges. We've now chosen two of these proposals for implementation. Congratulations to the teams behind these projects!

 

 

Project #1 – Inspiring Change: Raising awareness in the Drin River basin

 

Since the fall of communism in 1992, Albania has been under significant pressure to quickly improve living standards, often at the expense of sustainable environmental practices. Both water quality and habitat have been negatively impacted by hydropower, mine drainage, poorly treated municipal wastewater, and agricultural runoff. The pollution and poor water quality of the river threatens the ecosystem and impacts the people living along the river. In particular, flooding, improper waste disposal, chemical runoff, and overfishing have reduced the water quality and biodiversity of the Drin River.

 

A group of Emerging Water Professionals (EWPs) from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro will join forces with the Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania (SHUKALB) and a group of students from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts to raise awareness about the plight of the Drin River, as research has shown that many communities along the river do not believe there is a pollution issue.

 

The EWPs will produce a documentary, filmed as they float down a stretch of the Drin River and conduct interviews with locals throughout their journey. The documentary will capture the importance of the role of the river and its natural beauty, and inspire people to protect the Drin river by working together to reduce the sources of pollution.

 

Project Team: Arbana Kola, Arlinda Ibrahimllari, Olta Ceca, Elisabeta Poci, Fjordi Bisha, Erlinda Xhebexhia, Anida Zeqirllari, Xhesika Lengu, Sagita Guce, Sejla Kokojka.

 

 

Project #2 – Building community resilience in the Mara River basin

 

Demands on Kenya’s Mara River are growing. The population of the river basin continues to increase, which has led to a 55% increase in agricultural lands since 1996. This land conversion has come at the expense of the basin’s grasslands and forests. Water abstractions for irrigation, industry and livestock needs are on the rise, and the flow and quality of water has started to diminish over the years, creating challenges for local livelihoods, endemic wildlife, and for maintaining biodiversity and healthy ecosystem functioning. Water scarcity is also leading to resource conflicts between communities and poor land use choices have led to reduced land productivity and high incidence of water borne diseases, particularly during the dry seasons.  

 

A group of Emerging Water Professionals in the region will work closely with the Mara River Water Users Association and Rhodes University to build community resilience through linking local action to basin planning.

 

An initial analysis will identify specific geographic areas of concern in the region, and proposed activities include upgrading the existing weather station to inform better decision making, establishing ‘model farms’ within the catchment and training local farmers on best practice strategies, exploring and introducing options for alternative livelihoods to reduce the pressure on the river, and linking upper and lower basin communities together to improve relations for the long-terms sustainability of the basin.

 

Project team: Dymphina Andima, Kennedy Onyango, Robert Kirui, Leonard Samoei, Joseph Haraka, Moses Kiprotich.

Dotted Line

NEW! Mentoring program for emerging water professionals

Blue Line

Are you interested in taking part in our new EWPP mentoring program?

 

We are currently looking for potential mentors and mentees to take part in this new initiative, aimed at benefiting both emerged and emerging water professionals from around the world.

 

Our mentoring program is designed to empower future leaders to challenge traditional boundaries, grow, and learn and discover their strengths. Mentors receive the chance to empower others and help transfer important skills and knowledge across generational and geographic boundaries.

 

To qualify as an eligible mentee, you must be/have been:

  •  A participant from the EWPP at the 18th International Riversymposium (Brisbane, Australia), OR
  • An emerging water professional who attended the 2016 European River Symposium (Vienna, Austria), OR
  • A previous IRF Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA) winner or finalist, OR
  • An IRF Ken Thiess Scholar or alumni, OR
  • A current Australian awardee or an Australian awardee alumni member, OR
  • An emerging professionals with strong interest in river management and restoration with no more than 10 years working experience 

Click here for more information on the benefits of the program, and the role you may be able to play.  Please ensure you read this documentation thoroughly before applying to take part in the program.

 

Apply to participate as a mentee  |  Apply to participate as a mentor.

 

Applications for the program will close on 30 April.

Dotted Line

Get involved

Blue Line

Become an Emerging Water Professional

 

If you’re interested in unlocking a range of opportunities as a future water leader, we’d love to help you develop your skills, networks and expertise. To become an International RiverFoundation
Emerging Water Professional, contact Vanh Mixap at vanh@riverfoundation.org.au.

 

Sponsor the EWPP

 

The IRF is currently looking for EWPP sponsors and partners to help realise our goal to make EWPP an
ongoing program. If you are interested in partnering with the International RiverFoundation, please contact Patricia Dalby at patricia@riverfoundation.org.au.

Dotted Line
X

Privacy Statement

Blue Line

Introduction
International Riverfoundation is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal information. We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect personal information in our care.

How do we collect personal information?
We may request information about you when you purchase or make enquires about our products and services; when you enter competitions or register for promotions or when you request brochures or other information. We may also collect information when we invite you to complete surveys or provide us with feedback.

What personal information do we collect?
We collect information that is required for use in the business activities of International Riverfoundation This may include: name; mailing address; e-mail; telephone number(s); financial details necessary in order to process various transactions and any other information you may elect to provide to us.

How do we use personal information?
We may use personal information to provide information and services. International Riverfoundation may use the information for related purposes such as:

Identification of fraud or error
Regulatory reporting and compliance
Internal accounting and administration
Servicing our relationship with our customers by, amongst other things, providing updates on promotions and services we think may interest you or to involve you in market research.

Is the information disclosed to third parties?
We may disclose information about individuals as permitted by law. We may share information with regulatory bodies and law enforcement officials, provide information to protect against fraud and share information with your consent.

Security of information
International Riverfoundation has implemented appropriate physical, electronic and managerial security procedures in order to protect personal information from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction. International Riverfoundation regularly reviews security and encryption technologies and will strive to protect information to the fullest extent possible.

Access and correction of personal information
We invite you to access and correct any personal information we may hold on you. To do this, you need to contact us by email at info@riverfoundation.org.auThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to make the necessary enquiries.

Opt-Out
Should you no longer wish to receive information on services we think may be of interest to you , kindly email us at info@riverfoundation.org.auThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Linked Sites
Our website may contain links to other sites. International Riverfoundation is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of any linked sites as their Privacy Policy may differ from ours.

Feedback & complaints
We welcome your inquiries or comments about our Privacy Policy. Should you have any comments or complaints please contact us at info@riverfoundation.org.auThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Changes to our privacy policy
From time to time it may be necessary for us to review and revise our privacy policy. We reserve the right to change our privacy policy at any time.

X

Terms of Use

Blue Line

This website is owned and operated by International RiverFoundation.

Use of this website is subject to the terms of use.

International RiverFoundation is not liable to you or any other for any loss in connection with the use of this website or a linked website. This general disclaimer is not restricted or modified by any of the following specific warnings and disclaimers. Please read the full terms of use.
 
Please note: International RiverFoundation reserves the right to amend the terms of use at any time. However, since you are bound by these terms of use,  you should periodically refer to them.

 

DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

General Disclaimer

International RiverFoundation is not liable to you or anyone else for any loss in connection with use of this website or a linked website. This general disclaimer is not restricted or modified by any of the following specific warnings or disclaimers.
 
Specific Warnings and Disclaimers

The Trade Practices Act and similar State and Territory legislation in Australia may confer rights and remedies on you in relation to the provision by us of goods or services on the Website, which cannot be excluded, restricted or modified. We do not exclude these rights but do exclude all other conditions and warranties implied by custom, law or statute.

We are not liable to you or anyone else if interference with or damage to your computer systems occurs in connection with use of this website or a linked website. You must take your own precautions to ensure that whatever you select for your use from this website is free of viruses or anything else (such as worms or trojan horses) that may interfere with or damage the operations of your computer systems. We do not warrant that your access to the website will be uninterrupted or error free or that any defects will be corrected.

We may, from time to time, change or add to this website (including these terms of use) or the information, products and services without notice. However, we do not undertake to keep this website updated. We are not liable to you or anyone else if errors occur in the information on this website or if that information is not up-to-date.

Under no circumstances (including but not limited to any act or omission on the part of International RiverFoundation) will International RiverFoundation be liable for any indirect, incidental, special and/or consequential damages or loss of profits whatsoever which result from any use or access of, or any inability to use or access, the website.

In these terms of use, certain words (particularly capitalised ones) may have special meanings. If they do these special meanings are set out in the "General" section.

The terms of use are effective until terminated by International RiverFoundation and International RiverFoundation may terminate this agreement and your access to the website at any time without notice. In the event of termination you are no longer authorised to access the website, but all restrictions imposed on you and all disclaimers and limitations of liability set out in the terms of use will survive.

COPYRIGHT

This website is our copyright property. You are provided with access to it only for your personal and non-commercial use. Other than for the purposes of and subject to the conditions prescribed under the Copyright Act 1968 or any other applicable legislation throughout the world, you may not, in any form or by any means:  
•    Adapt, reproduce, store, distribute, transmit, print, display, perform, publish or create derivative works from any part of this website; or
•    Commercialise any information, products or services obtained from any part of this Website without our written permission.


TRADE MARKS

International RiverFoundation products and services referred to in this website are trade marks of International RiverFoundation. Other product and company names mentioned in this website may be the trade marks of other people or entities. Nothing contained in the website should be construed as granting any licence or right of use of any trade mark or part of any trade mark displayed on the website without the written permission of International RiverFoundation or third party owner.

LINKED WEBSITES

This website may contain links to linked websites. Those links are provided for convenience only and may not remain current or be maintained. Links to those websites should not be construed as any endorsement, approval, recommendation or preference by us of the owners or operators of the sites, or of any information, products or services referred to on those other sites unless specifically stated. Unless otherwise stated the linked websites are not under the control of International RiverFoundation and International RiverFoundation is not responsible for the contents of any linked website. You link to any such website at your own risk.

GENERAL

In this website:

"IRF" means International RiverFoundation unless otherwise specified.

"linked websites" means websites of persons or entities other than International RiverFoundation which are hyperlinked from this website.

"Personal Information" means any information from which your identity is apparent or can be reasonably be ascertained.

"website" means the whole or any part of the web pages located at www.RiverFoundation.org.au (including the lay-out of this website, individual elements of the website design, underlying code elements of this website, or text, sounds, graphics, animated elements or any other content of this website.)
 
"We" and "us" refer to International RiverFoundation, and "our" has the same meaning.

These terms of use are governed by the laws in force in Queensland, Australia and you irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Queensland, Australia and any courts which may hear appeals from those courts.

Nothing contained in these terms of use derogates from International RiverFoundation right to comply with law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of this website or information provided to or gathered by International RiverFoundation with respect to that use.

© 2007-2010 International RiverFoundation
All rights reserved. Not to be reproduced without consent.

X

Online Contact Form

Blue Line

To send us a message, please fill in the required field (*), then press the submit button.  The subject and/or message fields may be prepopulated with information pertaining to your enquiry.

To:  
Processing...
X

(Title Dynamically Inserted)

(Player HTML Dynamically Inserted)
(Caption Dynamically Inserted)
X

(Dynamically Inserted)

Blue Line
From:
To:
Subject:  
Processing...
X

Blue Line
Please also put me in the Riverprize
marketing database
Processing...
X

Apply Online

Blue Line

In order to begin the online application process, please fill out some simple details for us and select which application you'd like to complete. Text fields with asterisks are mandatory. You will then be emailed a secure link to your online application form which you can access at any time.

Note: When your country is chosen a list of available contests for which you are eligible will be presented.

We're Sorry! There are no Riverprizes currently open for your country at this time. Please contact us regarding Riverprize opening dates.

Processing...