International RiverFoundation and Thiess Riverprize

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Presented by Bill Dennison and Johnny Sundstrom, International RiverFoundation representatives at Within Our Reach 2012.

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  • International Winners – locations of winning entries for the Thiess International Riverprize
  • Twinners – both within Aus and international.
  • Sponsored Delegates – locations from which the IRF has brought in future river managers to Australia. Since 2003, over 250 delegates from 40 different countries.
  • Ambassadors – location and names of the ambassadors
  • Summary of IRF activities
  • International RiverFoundation and Thiess Riverprize

    1. 1. Bill DennisonDirector, International RiverFoundationUniversity of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Johnny Sundstrom Ambassador, International RiverFoundation Siuslaw Institute
    2. 2. www.riverfoundation.org.au
    3. 3. Our VisionA world in which all rivers and their watersheds are healthy and sustainably managed www.riverfoundation.org.au
    4. 4. Programs to empower and informRewarding River Heroes RiverprizePartnering River Heroes TwinningSupporting River Heroes Sponsored DelegatesCreating River Heroes ScholarshipsEnabling River Heroes On-ground projects
    5. 5. Riverprize winners:• Have demonstrated achievement in river restoration• Effectively engaged the community• Are invariably team efforts, with many champions coming from a variety of professions
    6. 6. Common features of Riverprize finalists and winners• Passion: found in leadership & community members, publically expressed• Knowledge: broad understanding of major issues, effective communication• Leadership: behavior changes instituted, changed paradigms
    7. 7. Twinning Achievements• Established Russia’s first watershed council• Created and coordinated a youth network to clean up the Nairobi River• Provided clean water for villages in Kenya• Mentored the formation of a Landcare group in remote northern Queensland• Hosted the first international watershed management forum in South America www.riverfoundation.org.au
    8. 8. IRF Sponsored Delegates Since 2003, over 250 delegates from 40 different countries
    9. 9. IRF Ambassadors
    10. 10. IRF Knowledge Exchange“Through IRF’s work and partnership with Riverprize winners, finalists and otherriver management practitioners, IRF brings together a range ofpractical, informative and inspiring publications such as River Heroes and RiverJourneys providing insights and lessons for river management and restorationworldwide.” www.riverfoundation.org.au

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