IAWR Position on River Basin Management Plan for the Rhine (WFD)
IAWR has written Demands for renaturalization to improve the chemical quality of the water. You can read this in german and english language.
New president of the IAWR
On 1.04.2010, the presidency of the IAWR changed hands as a routine matter. After serving as president for three years, Hans-Martin Rogg has handed over the presidency of the IAWR to Martien den Blanken, who represents the Dutch waterworks association RIWA in the IAWR. Martien den Blanken is the director of a drinking water company that provides water to around 2 million people in the Dutch province of North-Holland. As president of the AWBR waterworks association for the Lake Constance region, Hans-Martin Rogg will continue to actively contribute to the IAWR.
Guiding principles of the IAWR
The Public Relations Committee of the IAWR has developed ten standpoints regarding the identity of the IAWR and its public image. The standpoints have now been adopted by the IAWR Executive Board as guiding principles. They also form the basis for the public activities of the IAWR’s three member associations, AWBR, ARW and RIWA, in the entire Rhine basin area.
The highest priority for the associations of waterworks along the Rhine is to ensure that the quality of untreated water allows drinking water to be provided using only natural treatment processes. Other high priorities are the sustainable protection of water bodies and the precautionary and “polluter pays” principles.
You can read the ten guiding principles in deutsch, english,
francais and nederlands, or view them on the “Memoranda” page under the
menu option “Publications”.
IAWR Workshop regarding the prevention of MTBE/ETBE contamination of the Rhine
The IAWR invited representatives from water management bodies, industry, monitoring authorities and water police forces to participate in a workshop about the problems related to contamination of the Rhine and Main rivers. The workshop was held in Cologne on 10 November 2009. Various presentations explored the topic from the viewpoints of inland shipping, monitoring authorities, the provision of drinking water and industry. During a subsequent panel discussion, the problem was discussed intensively with a view towards possible solutions.
You can read the report of the IAWR workshop here.
Aktionsbündnis Wasser (Alliance for Action on Water) on European Agricultural Fund
At the beginning of the 47th calendar week, the members of the European parliament voted on the so-called “CAP Health Check”. This deals with an investigation of agricultural policy with regard to a basic reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The CAP remains the largest area of expenditure in the EU budget. In the context of the coming consultations and discussions, parties involved in water management have repeatedly called for agriculture to be more strongly integrated into the management of water resources as well as the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (“cross compliance”). Immediately before the consultations began, the IAWR took the initiative of writing to all German-speaking members of the European parliament (including Dutch) and called for subsidies on agriculture to be linked to the sustainable use of water resources. You can read the letter here.
Danube, Meuse and Rhine Memorandum signed in Cologne
The presidents of the IAWR (Johann-Martin Rogg), IAWD (Hans Sailer) and RIWA-Maas (Pasqual Bejstrup) met at the IAWR offices at RheinEnergie AG in Cologne to sign the Danube, Meuse and Rhine Memorandum 2008.
“Water is not a commercial product like any other but, rather, a heritage which must be protected, defended and treated as such.” This idea – a quotation from the European Water Framework Directive – is at the centre of the “Danube, Meuse, Rhine Memorandum 2008”, which is addressed to political institutions, specialized committees and the general public.
The new Danube, Meuse and Rhine Memorandum 2009 is legitimized by a broad base: the IAWR (International Association of Water Works along the Rhine), the IAWD (International Association of Water in the Danube catchment area) and RIWA Maas (Association of waterworks along the Meuse), which signed the memorandum bundle the activities of 160 drinking water companies and the interests of 100 million people in 17 countries.
The water companies feel they are responsible for the sustainable use of resources, which carries additional importance in the light of climate change. At the signing, IAWR President J.M. Rogg emphasized that the provision of drinking water should have priority over water uses. He also said that nobody has the right to pollute water. Rather, it is a duty to return clean water to the natural cycle after use. The aim of providing people with water that is as natural as possible is reflected by the objective of providing drinking using only natural treatment methods. An essential prerequisite is the comprehensive protection of water bodies, he said.
The memordandum can be downloaded as a pdf file from the IAWR website (menu Publications -> Memoranda). Printed versions can also be requested from the offices of the associations.
Common standpoint on the Directive regarding environmental quality standards
The associations IAWR, DVGW, VKU and IAWD have sent a joint letter to the German-speaking members of the European Parliament to explain their views with regard to the Directive about environmental quality standards in the field of water management and the amendment of Directive 2000/60/EEC (COM(2006) 397). You can read the document signed by the presidents of all the associations here.
ICPR Finalist for the 2013 InternationalRiverFoundation European Riverprize
The International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine is one of four finalists for the 2013 IRF European Riverprize. The European Riverprize is awarded for the first time this year, while Riverprize International and the Australian Riverprize belong to the most prestigious environmental awards worldwide.
The nomination of the ICPR rewards and acknowledges it’s excellent, visionary and sustainable work in the Rhine river basin and it’s catchment area on an international level.
Dr. Peter Stoks, Managing Director of RIWA and longstanding Competence within the IAWR is one of the referees for the ICPR. He commends the ICPR’s outstanding work and the good cooperation with the IAWR in his referee letter.
The IAWR wishes all the best for the concern of this award and we congratulate to the nomination!
=> IRF European Riverprize
Rhine wins European Riverprize
The IAWR congrats the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) to the award with the first European river prize. The ICPR was awarded for it's outstanding work for an sustainable and integrative river management and succeeded against three other european rivers. The award was presented on the 12th of September in Vienna.
The IAWR looks forward to further cooperation, thanks the ICPR for it's work and wishes good luck further on.