International RiverFoundation has just announced the finalists in the 2013 Riverprize Awards.
- Murray-Darling Basin, Australia
- Iloilo River, Philippines
- Bolshaya River, Russia
- Mara River, Kenya
- Lake Condah, Victoria
- Tweed River, NSW
- Glenelg River, Victoria
- Orbigo River, Spain
- Mura/Drava/Danube, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia
- River Rhine, All countries in catchment
- Upper Drau (Drava), Austria
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.
International RiverFoundation awards the Thiess International Riverprize and the Australian Riverprize (funded by the Australian Government's Water Smart Australia program, under the Water for the Future initiative) annually at the Riverprize Gala Dinner, as part of the International Riversymposium. A IRF European Riverprize will also be awarded for the first time in 2013.
The IRF has recently formed a partnership to deliver a European Riverprize for the first time in 2013. The IRF European Riverprize will celebrate successful approaches that have overcome the challenges to river restoration, ecosystem health, water quality and climate change within the social and political context of the European continent.
Judged by a panel of European experts and administered from the IRF Europe office in Vienna, the first IRF European Riverprize will be awarded in 2013 - International Year for Water Cooperation. Participation is open to all organisations.
The European winner will qualify as an automatic finalist in the Thiess International Riverprize the following year.
The Thiess International Riverprize was first awarded in 1999, and has grown to become the world's most prestigious environmental award. There are now 12 international winners and more than 30 finalists who have demonstrated their outstanding achievement and commitment to restoring the world's rivers.
The Thiess International Riverprize was initially funded by Thiess Pty Ltd, and since 2003 has been funded by the International RiverFoundation.
In 2012 the Thiess International Riverprize was valued at A$300,000 and consisted of a A$200,000 cash prize and a A$100,000 grant to establish a twinning project.
The Australian Riverprize is valued at A$200,000 and consists of A$150,000 in cash prizes and a A$50,000 grant for the winner to establish a twinning project within Australia.
The Australian Riverprize is funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative, through the Water Smart Australia program. The Australian Government provided $1 million to fund the Australian Riverprize over a five-year period. The RiverFoundation would like to thank the Australian Government for their commitment to healthy rivers.
The design of the distinctive Riverprize trophy is based
on an interpretationof a coolamon or piti. This is a vessel
used by Australian aboriginal women for carrying water, bushfood, or as a cradle for babies. The trophy is cast in aluminum, highlighting the concept of a silver shimmer
of reflected light on water.
The trophy is presented to the winners at the Riverprize
Gala Dinner held during the International Riversymposium
The International RiverFoundation sincerely thanks our past and present judges for contributing their time and expertise!
2012 THIESS INTERNATIONAL RIVERPRIZE JUDGES
2012 AUSTRALIAN RIVERPRIZE JUDGES
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