Our Director, Luke Comins, was delighted to receive a Finalists trophy in one of the world’s most prestigious environmental awards – the Thiess International River Prize.
One of four rivers to make it through to the final of the global competition, the River Tweed came a close second to the eventual winner, the San Antonio River in Texas for its $384 million improvement project. The award is presented annually by the International River Foundation and previous winners include the River Niagara, the Rhine and the Danube.
The Tweed had made it through to the final four in recognition of the unique partnership approach developed by the Tweed Forum in order to protect and conserve the natural, built and cultural heritage of the river and its 5,000 sq km catchment. Luke, and our Trustee Prof, Chris Spray were invited to share their knowledge and experience with over 600 delegates from across the globe at the 2017 International River Symposium in Brisbane, where the River Prize was announced.
Our chairman, James Hepburn Scott said: To be chosen as a finalist for this important global award is a monumental milestone in the history of Tweed Forum. It is hugely rewarding that the forward-thinking blueprint for cooperative working developed by our organization, and the results we have all achieved, has received this kind of recognition. We hope that all of the partners who share the same passion for this important river and work so hard to protect and conserve it, are justly proud of their efforts and encouraged to continue their excellent work.”