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About the IRF European Riverprize

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Applications for the 2015 IRF European Riverprize are now open! 


The prize celebrates 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 is judged by a panel of European experts and administered from the European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR). Please click here for a list of eligible countries.


Applications are assessed based on a documented river management framework, evidence of social and economic gains, an integrated approach to river management, long-term vision and demonstrated, outstanding achievements in river ecology. The 2015 European winner will automatically qualify for stage two of the Thiess International Riverprize the following year.


Click here to read the media release  |  Click here to apply




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2014 Winner & Finalists

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The 2014 European Riverprize, sponsored by Coca-Cola Europe and worth €25,000, was awarded to the River Mur of Austria.


In collaboration with the Styrian Government (Department 14 – Water Management, Resources and Sustainability) freiland Environmental Consulting Civil Engineers has been working to restore priority stretches from 22km of the River Mur, which has been badly degraded by widespread development since the late 19th century.


Since 1997, extensive work has been done to re-establish the natural conditions of the river and restore natural habitats for the many species that rely on the river and surrounding environment.

The River Mur will now automatically qualify for stage two of the Thiess International Riverprize in 2015.


The other finalists in the 2014 European Riverprize were:


  • Danube RIver (Transnational)
  • River Mur (Austria)
  • Danube River (Slovakia)


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The IRF is forming a select group of partners to support and develop the European Riverprize in addition to associated activities.


Businesses, Governments, Foundations and other interested parties willing to support the European Riverprize are being sought after to:

  • Be a partner in the IRF European Riverprize
  • Participate in the European Riverprize Gala Dinner
  • Participate in the ECRR and RESTORE European Conference - http://www.errc2013.eu/

We are also seeking partners and participants in:

  • Twinning activities associated with the European Riverprize
  • Supporting and jointly developing other activities of benefit to the promotion and realisation of river restoration and protection.
  • Assisting to build support for the communication of the restoration and protection of river basins.

To learn more, please email info@riverfoundation.org.au.

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European Riverprize Alumni

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River Mur, Austria
freiland Environmental Consulting Civil Engineers & Office of the Styrian Government - Department 14
Danube River, Transnational Europe
Danube River Network of Protected Areas
Danube River, Slovakia
Regional Association for Natural Conservation and Sustainable Development
River Rhine, All countries in catchment
International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine
Orbigo River, Spain
Duero River Basin Authority
Upper Drau, Austria
Regional Government of Carinthia, Department 8
Mura-Drava-Danube, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia
WWF Danube Carpathian Programme
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European Riverprize Winners

European Riverprize Winners

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European Riverprize Finalists

European Riverprize Finalists

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Judging Panel

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The International RiverFoundation sincerely thanks our past and present judges for contributing their time and expertise!



Mr Bart Fokkens - Judging Panel Chair

Chairman, European Centre for River Restoration (Netherlands)

Mr Bart Fokkens - Judging Panel Chair

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Bart Fokkens is the Chairman of the European Centre for River Restoration, a Pan – European network of national river restoration centres and other members bound by their common mission to promote and enhance ecological river restoration throughout the greater European region.


The ECRR was established in the mid nineties with Bart Fokkens being one of the founders. In 2005 he became the chairman of the ECRR.Bart worked for 40 years with the Ministry for Water Management in The Netherlands in different positions in the field of Land, Water and Wetland Management.


Between 2002 and 2010, Bart was also president of the Dutch National Union of Provincial Nature Conservation Organisations, with about 500 conservation sites covering a total of ca. 100.000 ha, mainly wetlands, managed by 12 member organisations, each of them from one of the Dutch provinces.


In 2007, Bart was awarded with the Russian Medal “From Understanding to Unity” for having excelled in promoting ideals contributing to the environmental safety of the planet and health of its inhabitants, preventing international conflicts, strengthening international connections and drawing together diverse national cultures.


In 1999 he was awarded to Knight of the 5th degree in the Order of Oranje Nassau in the Netherlands. And since 2005 he is a Chamberlain of her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands.

Mr Alastair Driver

National Conservation Manager, Environment Agency (UK)

Mr Alastair Driver

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Alastair Driver has the honour of inclusion in Who’s Who for “distinction and influence” in the field of environmental conservation and is one of the most experienced river and wetland conservationists in the UK, with a growing international reputation in the field of catchment management.


He became the first ever Conservation Officer for the Thames catchment in 1984, a role that he held for 18 years and since 2002 he has been the  National Biodiversity Manager for the Environment Agency covering England and Wales.


He is also an Ambassador for the IRF, a Biodiversity Advisor for the Commonwealth Secretariat, a Nature Conservation Panel member for the National Trust, a Council member of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and a Fellow of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.


The personal highlight of his career to date was achieved when he successfully spear-headed the winning Thames bid for the $350,000 Theiss International Riverprize in 2010.

Dr. Klement Tockner

Director, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) (Germany)

Dr. Klement Tockner

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Klement Tockner (Professor, PhD, m) is Director of IGB, full Professor for Aquatic Ecology at the Freie University Berlin, Titular Professor at ETH Zürich, and Adjunct Senior Scientist at EAWAG (CH).


He has special expertise on freshwater biodiversity and ecology. He has published more than 130 scientific papers including 60+ ISI papers.


Klement Tockner has successfully managed large inter- and transdisciplinary projects (e.g. Tagliamento project, European Catchment Data Base).


He was WP leader of the EU-project tempQsim, he is involved in the current project MIRAGE, and he is the coordinator of FloodPlainEvolution, a MarieCurie International Incoming Fellowship.

Dr Danka Thalmeinerova

Senior Knowledge Management Officer - Global Water Partnership (Sweden)

Dr Danka Thalmeinerova

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Dr Alfredo Ollero

President, Iberian Centre for River Restoration (Spain)

Dr Alfredo Ollero

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