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. The IRF European Riverprize will be awarded for a second time in 2014, 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 2014 European winner will automatically qualify for stage two of the Thiess International Riverprize the following year.
Morgan Foundation New Zealand Riverprize
The Morgan Foundation New Zealand Riverprize will be awarded for the first time in 2015 for excellence in river restoration, protection and management.
The inaugural 2015 New Zealand Riverprize is worth $20,000 and is generously funded by the Morgan Foundation and supported by the International RiverFoundation (IRF) and the New Zealand Rivers Trust.
The Riverprize is judged by a panel of experts and the winner of the inaugural New Zealand Riverprize will be announced at the 18th International Riversymposium in Brisbane, Australia. 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 will be awarded for the first time in 2015 for excellence in the restoration, protection or management of rivers on the North American continent. The inaugural North American Riverprize is awarded by the IRF in partnership with River Network.
The 2015 winner will receive a trophy and a cash prize. A twinning grant may also be made available to the winner to facilitate their knowledge and expertise to be shared.
The North American Riverprize is judged by a panel of experts with the winner to be announced at River Rally 2015 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. All finalists are invited to be part of the conference and awards ceremony to share their success stories with the world.
The design of the distinctive Riverprize trophy is based
on an interpretation of 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. Please note that the final judging panels for the 2014 Riverprize round are yet to be confirmed.
2014 THIESS INTERNATIONAL RIVERPRIZE JUDGES
2014 AUSTRALIAN RIVERPRIZE JUDGES
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