The International RiverFoundation's prestigious Riverprize has now closed. This year we had unprecedented interest from over 20 countries with 146 applications downloaded.
Being recognised as the most prestigious environmental awards in the world, the Riverprize recognises those who have developed and implemented visionary and outstanding sustainable programs in river management.Each year both the Australian Riverprize funded by the Australian Government, and the Thiess International Riverprize are awarded at the International Riversymposium.
The finalists for 2011 will be announced at the end of June.
Do you want to be part of the most prestigious environmental awards in the world? See the finalists and hear about the plans they put into practice to sustainably manage their waterways. The finalists will present their work, and the winners will be announced at the Riverprize Gala Dinner held during the 14th International Riversymposium 26th-29th September, Brisbane, Australia.
The International RiverFoundation thanks the Australian Government for funding the Australian Riverprize.
Wallabies are falling prey to crocodiles after becoming stranded by floodwaters in the Kimberley. Dozens of the animals have already died and about 200 are surrounded by crocodiles on three small islands because of Lake Argyle's rising water levels near Kununurra.
The Department of Environment and Conservation said yesterday that the wallabies could be stranded for up to three months without food.
The animals have already been stranded for about two weeks. The biggest of the islands is strewn with carcasses and dozens of freshwater crocodiles are waiting at the water's edge.
Rivers and wetlands will bear the brunt of climate change and governments around the world are failing to manage many of the more vulnerable areas properly, says a series of new papers published today.
Australia's Murray-Darling river system and the Coorang wetland at its western edge are among the world's most telling examples of damaged rivers, and the conservation plans being considered by the federal government could have wide influence, say several reports in the journal Marine and Freshwater Research.
"The world is watching how Australia manages the over-allocation of rivers caused by dam-builing and increasing effects of climate change," said Professor Kingsford, the director of the Australian Wetlands and River Centre.
Professor Kingsford said many of the wetlands along the system were already drying up and warmer temperatures in the future would accelerate the process.
While some regions, such as northern Queensland, can expect more rain as the climate warms, the net effect will be drier wetlands and smaller rivers as average rainfall decreases and more water evaporates.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Rapid urbanisation over the last five decades is changing Africa's landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services, says a new UN report.
Today 40 percent of Africa's one billion people live in urban areas - 60 percent in slums - where water supplies and sanitation are severely inadequate.
Africa's urban population without access to safe drinking water jumped from close to 30 million in 1990 to well over 55 million in 2008.
The report, which underlines the growing cooperation between UN-HABITAT and UNEP on such issues, provides case studies of cities in several parts of the continent where high urbanisation rates are not matched with adequate water and sanitation infrastructure.
Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT said: "This report could not come at a more opportune moment. Africa is the fastest urbanising continent on the planet and the demand for water and sanitation is outstripping supply in cities. As cities expand, we must improve our urban planning and management in order to provide universal access to water and basic services while ensuring our cities become more resilient to the increasing effects of climate change".
Source: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
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