Previous Thiess International Riverprize Winners

Previous Thiess International Riverprize award winners

International Riverprize – 2007

2007 – Danube River

International Riverprize – 2006

2006 – Sha River

International Riverprize – 2005

2005 – Drome River

International Riverprize – 2004

2004 – Siuslaw River Basin

International Riverprize – 2003

2003 – Alexander River

International Riverprize – 2002

2002 – Mekong River

International Riverprize – 2001

2001 – Blackwood River

International Riverprize – 2000

2000 – Grand River

International Riverprize – 1999

1999 – Mersey Basin

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

    The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) demonstrated a collaborative effort to improve water quality in the second largest river basin in Europe. The project showed excellence in water management through establishing a network of water monitoring and sampling stations, research ships testing pollution and a transboundary warning system for accidents. Watch video here

    Finalists:

    Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority | Lake Simcoe, Canada
    Waitakere City Council | Waitakere Streams, New Zealand
    Yellow River Conservancy Commission | Yellow River, China

  • Winner: Foreign Affairs Office of Chengdu Municipal Government | Sha River, China

    The Sha River plays a major role in the flood management control for the city of Chengdu. By the late 1990s it was virtually dead and had become a severe health hazard. Rapid population and industrial growth saw the river suffer from city waste, raw sewage, deforestation, coal silt and rural garbage. The Chengdu Municipal Foreign Affairs Office’ integrated restoration project improved water quality, controlled flood flows, cleaned up pollution, landscaped parks and implemented drainage systems. It also enhanced public use and improved understanding of sustainable use of the catchment in accordance with nature. Watch video here

    Finalists:

    Meewasin Valley Authority | Meewasin Valley, Canada
    South Florida Water Management District | Kissimmee River, USA
    Office of the Lake Macquarie and Catchment Coordinator | Lake Macquarie, Australia

  • Winner: Communaite de Communes du Val de Drome | Drome, France

    The Drome restoration process was strongly proactive, going well beyond legal obligations, and made the Drôme Valley a recognised exemplary case of concerted water catchment management. It enabled water use conflicts to be addressed and general local acceptance to be obtained for the actions undertaken. Watch video here

    Finalists:

    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation | Hudson River Valley, USA
    South Florida Water Management District | Kissimmee River, USA
    Sha River Restoration Project | Sha River, China

  • 2004 Winner: Siuslaw River Basin, USA | Siuslaw Institute

    Watch video here

    Finalists:

    Drome River, France | Communaute de Communes du Val de Drome
    Meewasin Valley, Canada | Meewasin Valley Authority
    Arvari River, India | Tarun Bharat Sangh

  • 2003 Winner: Alexander River, Israel | Alexander River Restoration Project

    Watch video here

    Finalists:

    Fu and Nan Rivers, China | Chengdu Fu and Nan Rivers Revitalisation Project
    Siuslaw River Basin, USA | Siuslaw National Forest
    Arvari River, India | Tarun Bharat Sangh
    Danube River, Transnational (Europe) | WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme

  • 2002 Winner: Mekong River, Transnational (Asia) | Mekong River Commission

    Watch video here

    Finalists:

    Fu and Nan Rivers, China | Chengdu Fu and Nan Rivers Revitalisation Project
    Kissimmee River, USA | South Florida Water Management District
    Humber River, Canada | Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
    Danube River, Transnational (Europe) | WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme

  • 2001 Winner: Blackwood River, Australia | Blackwood Basin Group

    Watch video here

    Finalists:

    Alexander River, Israel | Alexander River Restoration Administration
    Styx River, New Zealand | Christchurch City Council
    Humber River, Canada | Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

  • 2000 Winner: Grand River, Canada | Grand River Conservation Authority

    Watch video here

    Finalists:

    South Wales Rivers, UK | Keep Wales Tidy Campaign
    Tsurumi River, Japan | Japanese Ministry of Construction
    Wanganui River, New Zealand | Wanganui District Council

  • 1999 Winner: Mersey Basin, UK | Mersey Basin Campaign

    Watch video here