International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR)

Commission internationale pour la protection du Rhin (CIPR)
Internationale Kommission zum Schutz des Rheins (IKSR)
Internationale Commissie ter Bescherming van de Rijn (ICBR)

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1963-04-29 Bern Switzerland


Established on signature of Convention by the Governments of France, Germany FR, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland; Convention entered into force 1 May 1965. A supplementary agreement, signed 3 Dec 1976, Bonn (Germany FR) and entered into force 1 Feb 1979, made the European Economic Community (EEC) full member of the Commission. Governmental delegates had first met 1 Jul 1950, Basel (Switzerland), following steps taken by E-XD0241 - Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) and the 'Salmon Commission'. Rhine Action Programme (RAP) adopted 1 Oct 1987. Statutes registered in 'UNTS 1/14538'.


Prepare and carry out research to determine the nature, quantity and origin of pollution in the Rhine; submit proposals to signatory Governments for measures contributing to sustainable development of the Rhine; work out details of possible arrangements between signatory Governments for protecting the waters of the Rhine; improve not only water quality but also the ecosystem; develop and implement an action plan for prevention of flooding.


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Each Contracting Party is represented by a delegation of up to 4 members; President is appointed for 3-year term in rotation from Contracting Parties. Permanent Working Group for Current Research; about 20 Working Parties, including Emissions, Security of Industrial Plants, Legal Questions, Surveillance of the Quality Status of the Rhine, Improvement of the Ecosystem, Flooding Protection, Sustainable Development. Technical/Scientific Secretariat.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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