European Riverprize - International RiverFoundation

European Riverprize

  • Winner: Freiland Environmental Consulting Civil Engineers & Office of the Styrian Government – Department 14 | River Mur, Austria

    In collaboration with the Styrian Government (Department 14 – Water Management, Resources and Sustainability) freiland Environmental Consulting Civil Engineers worked to restore priority stretches  of over 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. This has benefited both the environment and the communities in the area, with additional activities including increased flood protection and the creation of leisure and nature activities for local residents. Watch video here.


    Danube River Network of Protected Areas | Danube River, Transnational (Europe)
    Regional Association for Natural Conservation and Sustainable Development | Danube River, Slovakia

  • Winner: International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine | River Rhine, Transnational (Europe)

    The International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine had 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 have successfully implemented urban wastewater management strategies and dramatically improved the water quality of the Rhine.  Additionally, in the past 15 years, the adoption of new, integrated policies has resulted in the restoration of a substantial area of floodplains in the densely populated Rhine delta. Watch video here.


    Duero River Basin Authority | Orbigo River, Spain
    Regional Government of Carinthia | Upper Drau, Austria
    WWF Danube Carpathian Programme | Mura, Drava and Danube Rivers, Transnational (Europe)

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