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Finalists of 2011 Australian and Thiess International Riverprizes announced

International RiverFoundation (IRF) is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2011 Australian and Thiess International Riverprizes.

Finalists of the 2011 Australian Riverprize, for outstanding achievements in sustainable river management, are:

  • Project Catalyst, Qld (Coca-Cola Foundation, WWF and Reef Catchments NRM)
  • Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative, Qld (Sunshine Coast Council)

This year, supported by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative, the Australian Riverprize is worth $200,000, making it the largest prize for environmental achievement in the country.


Finalists of the 2011 Thiess International Riverprize, the world’s most prestigious environmental prize, are:

  • Charles River, Massachusetts. USA
  • Mattole River, California. USA
  • Yarra River, Victoria. Australia

Finalists are to be congratulated for demonstrating excellence and innovation in river restoration and/or management. International Riverprize Judging Panel Chair, Professor Paul Greenfield, said “this year’s decision making process has been a difficult one with deliberations taking longer than expected”.

IRF CEO Matthew Reddy says "recognition as the world's best river basin manager and to join the ranks of previous winners like the Thames, Danube and Mekong creates a lot of competitive tension, but in the end there can only be one winner of the world's largest environmental prize".


The winners of the 2011 Thiess International and Australian Riverprizes will be announced at the Riverprize Gala Dinner on Tuesday 27 September, 2011, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, during the 14th International Riversymposium (26-29 September, 2011).

Visit the International RiverFoundation website for further details.


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