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2021 Thiess International Riverprize

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted May 9, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on May 30, 2021
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The Thiess International Riverprize (the Riverprize) is the world’s most prestigious environmental award, bringing recognition to organisations (or groups of organisations) who have achieved remarkable outcomes for rivers, river basins and their communities.

The Riverprize is awarded every two years at the Riverprize Gala Dinner, as part of the International Riversymposium in Brisbane, Australia.

The International RiverFoundation (IRF) is a not-for-profit organisation that envisions a future in which people and ecosystems benefit from sustainably managed and resilient rivers.

The IRF builds river leadership and strong networks for the restoration, protection, sustainable management and resilience of the world’s rivers.

IRF has awarded 20 International Riverprizes and after examining what it takes to be a winner, these five key elements have been identified as the recipe for success:
• An emphasis on long term commitment;
• Collaboration and partnerships;
• Equality, diversity, and inclusiveness;
• A holistic and integrated approach to planning, evaluation, and monitoring;
• A very clear vision.

The Thiess International Riverprize is generously supported by the Bert & Vera Thiess Foundation as a legacy and recognition of the long-term efforts of the late Bert and Vera Thiess to encourage sustainable management of the world’s rivers.

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The Thiess International Riverprize recognises excellence in river management and restoration.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Organisations, or groups of organisations, responsible for their river and involved in river management, restoration and/or protection.
2. Any river, lake, or wetland, that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the last two years (although work may have been commenced earlier).

The size of your organisation, budget or project is not a barrier to winning; it’s the integration of programs, innovations used and most critically, the judges are looking for the achievements demonstrated towards maintained or improved river ecosystem health.

Entering Riverprize also provides your organisation with the opportunity to:
• Reflect on the achievements of your river restoration and management programs, your
journey towards river resilience and improve relationships with stakeholders;
• Vie for recognition as a Riverprize finalist or winner.

Becoming a Riverprize finalist enables you to:
• Join a global river leaders network of Riverprize Alumni;
• Be recognised regionally and internationally for your achievements in river management;
• Present your achievements at the International Riversymposium.

All applicants must thoroughly read the guidelines before beginning their Riverprize application.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 09
May 09

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resources section!
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
May 10
May 10

Thanks, Ana.