International RiverFoundation is now accepting applications for the 2014 Riverprize awards. For the second year running, there will be three prize categories to choose from – the Australian Riverprize, the IRF European Riverprize or the Thiess International Riverprize. The Riverprize awards are intended to not only give reward to those who are achieving outstanding results, but to provide those organisations with the appropriate recognition and prestige to enable them to build new partnerships, expand and improve their programs so that they may continue to achieve success.
This issue features REFORM deliverables available online, an interview with Professor Gary Brierley on Sharing Global Lessons in River Restoration and an example of channel restoration on the River Vääräjoki in Finland.
After three years of hard work supporting river restoration and river management globally, Matthew Reddy, the International RiverFoundation CEO is stepping down. He will be replaced by Dr. Nick Schofield.
International RiverFoundation is delighted to announce the three Riverprize winners for 2013. The Thiess International Riverprize and Australian Riverprize winners were announced at the Riverprize Gala Dinner on Tuesday 24 September, as part of the International Riversymposium in Brisbane, Australia. And our first IRF European Riverprize winner was announced on Thursday 12 September at the European River Restoration Conference in Vienna, Austria.
Two on-line guides have been published that will help you improve the water environment.
The River Restoration Centre Manual of River Restoration Techniques is an on-line case study manual developed for river /drainage channel managers. It provides case study examples of different river restoration techniques and will help you identify potential restoration techniques for use in river restoration and sustainable river management http://www.therrc.co.uk/rrc_manual.php.
This guidebook, compiled by the two major Thames charities, contains a wealth of information on over 150 of the best places to explore the real Thames wilderness, along with enjoyable walks and activities along its course.
In Scotland, the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse visited Carr-Bridge in the Cairngorms National Park on Monday 29th April to view ‘shovel ready’ projects including a pioneering river restoration project, instigated by the Spey Catchment Initiative, which will help to restore valuable riparian habitat and contribute to flood alleviation downstream. For more information, click on the headline link to open the SEPA press release.
From 1 April 2013, Natural Resources Wales - a new body formed by the Welsh Government - has taken over the functions previously carried out by the Environment Agency in Wales, alongside those of the Forestry Commission Wales and the Countryside Council for Wales.
Speaker presentations from the CIWEM & DefraGovUK conference on the Catchment Based Approach are now available to download.
The Wandle Trust, The Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency are delighted to announce the formation of the new South East Rivers Trust to help engage communities with conservation and restoration of their local rivers across Kent and south east England. For more information click on the headline link to read the press release.