The 2016 Thiess International & IRF Australian Riverprizes are now open for entry to anyone who has made a difference in protecting, reviving and restoring the world's rivers.
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.
The Thiess International Riverprize was first awarded in 1999, and has grown to become the world's most prestigious environmental award. There are now 15 international winners and more than 50 finalists who have demonstrated their outstanding achievement and commitment to restoring the world's rivers.
The Thiess International Riverprize was originally funded by Thiess Pty Ltd and not only rewards excellence, but promotes the practice of knowledge sharing through the IRF Twinning program.
The Australian Riverprize was awarded for the first time in 2001, with winners coming from five different states. The Australian Riverprize has recognised, rewarded and promoted many diverse and successful approaches and put Australian river management on the world map.
The Australian Government provided $1 million to fund the Australian Riverprize over a five-year period, which ended in 2013. The RiverFoundation would like to thank the Australian Government for their commitment to healthy rivers.
The IRF formed a partnership to deliver a European Riverprize for the first time in 2013, and will continue to 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. The IRF European Riverprize will be judged by a panel of European experts and administered from the IRF Europe office in Vienna.
The Morgan Foundation New Zealand Riverprize wasawarded for the first time in 2015 for excellence in river restoration, protection and management.
The New Zealand Riverprize is generously funded by the Morgan Foundation and supported by the International RiverFoundation and the New Zealand Rivers Trust. Applications are judged by a panel of experts and winners announced at the International Riversymposium each year. All finalists are invited to be part of the international ceremony and to share their success stories with the world.
North American Riverprize
The North American Riverprize was awarded for the first time in 2015 for excellence in the restoration, protection or management of rivers on the North American continent.
The North American Riverprize is awarded by the IRF in partnership with River Network, and is judged by a panel of experts. The winner is announced at River Rally each year, with all finalists invited to be part of the conference and awards ceremony to share their success stories with the world.
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