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2014 Finalists Announced!

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Three finalists have been announced in the 2014 European Riverprize

The finalists selected are:

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

The International RiverFoundation will announce the winner at the Riverprize Gala Dinner on Tuesday 28 October at the City Hall, Vienna, being held in conjunction with the 6th  European River Restoration Conference.

 

Mr Bart Fokkens, Chair of the European Riverprize judging panel, said that the three finalists demonstrate that there are many different ways to achieve a high level of ecological restoration with integrated river basin management.

 

 “This year’s finalists, all from Central and East Europe, have similarities in that they are strongly driven by nature conservation and EU funding programmes, however they vary distinctly in their approach concerning scale, development of a management framework and stakeholder involvement.”

 

The winner of the 2014 European Riverprize will receive a €25,000 cash prize, sponsored by Coca-Cola Europe, and will automatically qualify for the second stage of the renowned Thiess International Riverprize in 2015 where they will compete against other regional winners and applicants from around the world.

 

 
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About the IRF European Riverprize

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The IRF awarded a European Riverprize for the first time in 2013, and it will be awarded for a second time in 2014 . The European Riverprize, sponsored by Coca-Cola Europewill be awarded at a Gala Dinner which takes place during the 6th European River Restoration Conference on 27-29 October in Vienna, Austria. 

 

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 will be 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 will be 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 2014 European winner will automatically qualify for stage two of the Thiess International Riverprize the following year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2013 Winner and Finalists

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International RiverFoundation awarded the 2013 IRF European Riverprize to the River Rhine.

 

The River Rhine received the award for remarkable achievements in integrated river basin management following a 50 year legacy of river degradation and a devastating chemical accident in 1986. The International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR), and other stakeholders in the basin successfully implemented urban wastewater management strategies and dramatically improved the water quality of the Rhine.

 

The 2013 IRF European Riverprize was sponsored by Coca-Cola Europe, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) IW:Learn is supporting the River Rhine in their Twinning venture.

 

The other finalists in the 2013 IRF European Riverprize were the Orbigo River (Spain), the Mura-Drava-Danube (Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia) and the Upper Drau (Austria).

 

Click here to read more about our four finalists

 


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Partnership

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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 admin@riverfoundation.org.au.

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European Riverprize Alumni

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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!

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2013 EUROPEAN RIVERPRIZE JUDGES

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.

Ms Natalia Alexeeva

Senior Networking Officer, Global Water Partnership (Sweden)

Ms Natalia Alexeeva

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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.

Thymio Papayannis

Director, Med-INA; Joint Coordinator, Ramsar Culture Network - architect, planner, environmentalist (Greece)

Thymio Papayannis

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A successful professional architect and planner, he has dedicated most of his activities during the past 30 years to the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage and to environmental and sustainability issues.

 

He has been one of the two founders of WWF Greece (and its president from 1996 to 2004 and again from 2005-2006) and of the Society for the Protection of Prespa (and its president since 2004) and has contributed to the establishment of the Greek Biotope – Wetland Centre.

 

He has also been a member of the Board of WWF International (for two terms) and the Tour du Valat Foundation in the Camargue (since the early 1990s). In 2009 WWF International named him Member of Honour.

 

Among his other activities are the establishment in 1992 and coordination for 10 years of MedWet, a regional initiative of the Ramsar Convention, for which he was elected Honorary Member of the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee.

 

He is also joint coordinator of the IUCN Delos initiative on sacred natural sites and of the Ramsar Culture Network, while directing Med-INA (the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos).

 

In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his environmental work by the Athens Agricultural University.

He has also been deeply involved with the ecological work of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the integrated management of the Mt. Athos Holy Community.

 

In 2012 he was given the Ramsar Award in Recognition of Achievement.

He has written more than 250 articles, book chapters and books on architecture and planning, nature conservation and the environment, as well as on sustainability.

Ms Ulrike Sapiro

Environmental Sustainability Director, Coca-Cola (Belgium)

Ms Ulrike Sapiro

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Ulrike is Environmental Sustainability Director at The Coca-Cola Company leading the Europe Group’s environmental strategies, programs and policies.

 

This covers a wide variety of sustainability issues across the value chain including water stewardship, energy and climate protection, packaging materials, recovery and recycling, as well as sustainable sourcing. Ulrike also leads external engagement, notably environment-focused partnerships with leading non-governmental organizations in Europe and beyond, as well as engagement with public policy makers, industry and other stakeholders.

 

On Water Stewardship, Coca-Cola’s global strategic priority, Ulrike played a leading role in developing the European Water Stewardship Standard, with two Coca-Cola operations in Europe receiving the first ever EWS certification in 2013. Ulrike is also leading the Company’s engagement in strategic water resource projects with key partners, such as WWF in the Danube Riverbasin and GWP-Med on the Mediterranean islands. Lately, Coca-Cola’s increasing engagement in sustainable agriculture allowed a stronger focus of actions  on agricultural water use and the wider supply chain.

 

Previously, Ulrike held various Corporate Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement positions in Thames Water, an international water supply company dealing with water resources, public infrastructure and development policy.

 

Ulrike holds a Master’s degree in political sciences.

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.

Ms Beate Werner

Head of Group 'Water', European Environment Agency (Denmark)

Ms Beate Werner

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Beate Werner has led the Water Group at the European Environment Agency (EEA) since 2006. As a biologist with over 20 years international experience in ecosystem research and monitoring, her work focuses on assessing ecosystem services provided by water.

 

In the 1980s she researched nutrient balances in forest ecosystems on behalf of the UNECE Critical Loads Mapping Programme before leading the German federal government’s Soil Monitoring Initiative.

 

Since joining EEA in 2003, her work has encompassed developing the Water Information System for Europe (WISE), establishing links between science and policy, and assessing ecological and economic aspects of water quality and quantity. 

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