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Session - - 5.0 mins - Plenary Room
Rivers are the lifeblood connecting peoples and ecosystems. They have historically been used as a means of transport and food - allowing connectivity between people and ecosystems. However, rivers have also been used as waste transport systems and sources of energy which in many cases have significantly undermined their health.
The world’s rivers are one of the most damaged and abused ecosystems - losing their natural values and resilience to service human endeavours and activities. In recent decades however,  with new understanding and knowledge of our rivers, a political movement that is changing how we look at these valuable assets has been gaining strength and momentum.   

Important bilateral and multilateral agreements, complemented by new forms of cooperation among stakeholders have been developed to protect and restore rivers.  While these efforts have not been sufficient to reverse the centuries of destruction, they offer new hope for our rivers. We can create a political and social culture that enables rivers not only to provide the important ecosystem functions they serve but also bringing people and cultures together.  Let us all head towards a political future where we provide a stronger voice for rivers around the world and ultimately rivers for future generations.  
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Session - - 85.0 mins - Murray-Darling
Over the last two decades, success stories of rivers being restored and rehabilitated have been recognised and celebrated through the Thiess International Riverprize. This special session, brings together some of the people behind those success stories.  Learn about what made their project successful as well as hear from organisations who were involved in twinning projects with the Riverprize winners and finalists.  
Session - - 85.0 mins - Danube
The environment needs strong, decisive and passionate leaders to facilitate positive change.  In this session, delegates will have the opportunity to hear from leaders who are driving that change. These inspiring experts will share their knowledge on how environmental practitioners can become the leaders that our rivers need and ensure that rivers are here for future generations.
Floodplain vegetation, such as river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis), are sensitive to climate change and environmental degradation. To assess vegetation health in floodplains, we need to understand vegetation evaporative losses via evapotranspiration (ET). A remote sensing ET dataset, CMRSET (CSIRO MODIS reflectance based scaling evapotranspiration), provides an opportunity to examine broadscale vegetation floodplain ET at an 8-day interval at 250m spatial resolution. However, the coarse resolution of CMRSET results in uncertainties and trend mismatches between field measured ET and CMRSET. The aim of this study is to upscale ET from field observations to regional scales by improving the spatial resolution through fractional vegetation cover (FVC). To derive finer spatial resolution canopy area, Sentinel-1 (S1) 12-day radar backscatter coefficient and LiDAR data were used. FVC was retrieved from the LiDAR data using the canopy height model and crown detection method. Subsequently, LiDAR FVC was coupled with two polarizations VV (vertical transmit and receive) and VH (vertical transmit and horizontal receive) of radar data for training, using machine learning. A finer spatial resolution (15m) of FVC was predicted than is currently available, with a low root mean square error of 0.1. Lastly, we derived improved spatial ET estimates using the FVC map to partition pixel ET to the percentage of tree canopy rather than the whole pixel ET, resulting in improved relationship between field ET and spatial ET. The outcomes of this study provide a broadscale tool to significantly improve the ability of water managers to monitor changes in floodplain vegetation using ET as a surrogate for condition. This can be used to evaluate  responses to environmental water delivery as well as informing water allocation processes and decision-making.
In 1990 the open cast coal mine at Keekle (near Cleator Moor) in Cumbria, UK, was infilled with mine waste and landscaped to include a 2.5 km length of the River Keekle. The new trapezoidal channel was completely lined with plastic and infilled with sediment. Several floods later the river had stripped out the sediment and ripped through this plastic liner, completely destabilising the course of the channel and exposing the plastic everywhere creating one of the most neglected sections of open river in the UK, maybe even Europe. 

Despite the fact that the river drains into the River Ehen, home to one of the largest freshwater pearl mussel populations in Europe and an important Salmon and Trout watercourse, this situation was left for 30 years until recently when a restoration plan was funded to allow the plastic to be completely removed and a channel constructed that works with local flow and sediment transport processes to create a near natural self-sustaining watercourse interacting with the surrounding valley bottom. The steepness of the channel and one tributary in particular (Priest Gill) required a series of boulder dominated rapids and step-pool sequences to control flood energy on the system before the gradient lessens and cobble and gravel features consistent with the river planform were able to be constructed. Other smaller tributaries have been changed from simple ditch systems to diffuse multi-channel anastomosing networks flowing across floodplain wetland and discharging as confluence fans into the main river. This project represents one of the riskiest most ambitious ever tackled in the UK, presenting great challenges with regard to sustainable design, yet the overall restoration has completely transformed the site creating a geomorphologically and ecologically diverse and dynamic environment that delivers for nature, local communities and climate change. 

More than 80% of wetlands and floodplains of the Danube River and its tributaries have been lost, and with them the ecosystem goods and services they provide, from fish and wildlife to flood and drought management. Fortunately, there is a growing appreciation of rivers and wetlands, and government commitments to not only conserve what remains, but also to restore what we have lost. However, actually restoring these areas involves a painstaking process of stakeholder engagement that can take years before actual measures like breaching dykes can be undertaken. As a result, most commitments to wetland restoration in the Danube basin remain on paper and not realised in practice.

The Living Danube Partnership seeks to address this challenge of implementation. The cross-sectoral partnership brings together WWF-CEE, Coca-Cola with support from The Coca-Cola Foundation and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) to promote the conservation and restoration of wetlands as well as the restoration and protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Danube basin. Supported by a $4.4 million grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the seven-year (2014-21) partnership is on track to restore over 6,829 ha of vital wetlands, rivers and floodplains at 11 sites in Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania by 2021. Over $20 million has been leveraged for wetland restoration. Over 54 million people have been reached with a message promoting appreciation of our rivers and wetlands and the valuable goods and services they provide.

Beyond insights into restoration, from hydromorphology to legal aspects of organising such initiatives, a key lesson is the power of partnership – that by working together we can achieve more than working alone. The unique model of cross-sectoral cooperation has brought together the political framework of the ICPDR and its member countries; the resources and capabilities of the Coca-Cola Foundation and system; and the capacity, know-how and facilitation of WWF-CEE. 

Freshwater scarcity, stress and crisis is increasing in most regions. Approximately 80% of the world’s population is already exposed to high levels of threat to water security, and approximately 1.2 billion people live in river basins where human water use has surpassed sustainable limits. These pressures will disproportionally affect the world’s poor, particularly women, who are often responsible for the health and welfare of children, the elderly, and the infirm. Pollution accelerates the water crisis by further reducing the water available for human use, as well as impacting aquatic life in rivers, lakes, aquifers and eventually in our oceans.

Without water, nothing is secure and cooperative transboundary solutions are crucial to obtain outcomes that are in the best interest of people and ecosystems. A critical component is capacity development, particularly on governance in managing this vital resource. GEF IW:LEARN is well positioned to respond to the priorities of the Global Environmental Facility’s International Waters focal area strategy, including enhancing water security in freshwater ecosystems. Together with the Global Water Partnership, GEF IW:LEARN has spearheaded the development of a Massive Open Online Course which looks at Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security. 

Our course consolidates experience from 80 experts who provide insight into the challenges, complexities and opportunities of cooperation on shared water systems. Through our presentation, we will delve into the rationale and journey in creating this course, as well as highlight some of the GEF International Waters case studies that are featured. It is our hope that through this MOOC, we help empower all stakeholders to become more proactive in achieving water security by not only sharing knowledge and lessons learned from practitioners, but also through the dynamic platform it will provide for peer to peer exchange around the world. 

Challenges of water monitoring programs often include uncoordinated regional activities and a disconnect from increasingly complex management needs.  Community perspectives are usually excluded, which begs the question: whose values matter for determining monitoring and management priorities?  The goal of this work is to propose a new monitoring framework for the lower Grand River and nearshore Lake Erie (Ontario, Canada) that considers cumulative effects, is co-created by diverse stakeholders and rightsholders, and connects monitoring to management.  This work is the first interjurisdictional, co-created cumulative effects framework of its kind in the region.  Interim research was recognized in 2019 by an industry award from the Canadian Water Resources Association for its innovation and community impact, and the study is currently nominated for a 2021 Canada Clean50 project award. This innovative community-based participatory research uses the arts to engage with the Canadian public and Indigenous youth to acknowledge a broader understanding of what ‘knowledge’ is, while also building the groundwork for improved relationships between Canadian and Indigenous communities in the area.  In this presentation, I introduce a new, more inclusive process for identifying environmental indicators (i.e., for river health reporting) and position community engagement within the context of partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals.  The final monitoring framework will be introduced for the first time, accompanied by lessons learned from overcoming challenges during its development.
River report cards to a lot of time and effort to produce with the goal of advancing the health of the river and the communities around it.  Countless hours are invested to develop methodologies, collect and analyze data, set benchmarks, determine status and trends and publish the report.  However, if the report gets lost in the ever increasing amount of information that bombards people today and the ever shrinking news cycles, then the report will not achieve its potential to spur action on behalf of the subject river.

The James River Association (JRA) has issued a “State of the James” report since 2007.  Over that time, the report has evolved and become a critical communication vehicle to advance three key levels of action: policy, stewardship and fundraising.   JRA has added a number of communication tools to its report card to help reach of these key actions, including a river policy agenda, an interactive website and story maps.  

This year JRA completed a first of its kind virtual reality experience as its newest communications tool to engage more people and spur action. The experience provides a spherical view of the James River underwater, and depicts the river at different grades.  The experience was designed to bring a Grade-A James to life in a visually impactful way so the viewer can truly understand the importance of continuing to work towards the healthiest and cleanest river possible.  It also shows the James River at its lowest health and then the progress that has been made to date.  Particularly during the COVID pandemic, the virtual reality experience has provided a unique opportunity for education about the river and is a way to stay connected to the river remotely.

Bushfires and wildfires are increasing in both intensity and frequency.  They cause devastation, with impacts felt by people, animals and the landscape.  This special session is dedicated to discussing the impacts fire has on waterways. Hear from scientists and researchers who are experts in this field.  At the completion of this session, a conceptual diagram that depicts all the cumulative impacts will be presented for feedback and input.
The unprecedented 2019/20 bushfires impacted on large parts of the Upper Murray catchment in south-eastern Australia. These fires have reduced canopy cover (causing increase in effective rainfall), increased soil water repellency (causing less infiltration) and generated highly erodible soils. Consequently, the catchment has produced large volumes of fast flowing runoff carrying large loads of sediments and pollutants (ash, nutrients, organics, and metals) threatening aquatic environments and water quality of the Lake Hume. This study assessed fire impacts on stream flow and sediment load. The study was conducted using a lumped hydrological model (XP-RAFTS) and an empirical hillslope erosion model (RUSLE: Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation). 

We estimated post-fire increase in runoff and sediment load for the Cudgewa Creek catchment, a severely burned tributary catchment to Lake Hume. Result shows that streamflow increases range from 10-20% in the first year following the bushfire event. Peak flow was increased by as much as 30%. Assuming similar rainfall patterns in year 1 and year 2 after the bushfire, simulations indicated that sediment load is likely to increase by 200% in the first year followed by another 27% in the second year compared to pre-fire condition. Large increase in the first year is a combine effect of increased runoff and highly erodible soil. Relatively, less increase in the 2nd year represents the effect of gradual recovery of vegetation. Findings of this study are important inputs to water quality and ecological impact assessment studies. The information is also useful to catchment management authorities.
Intense wildfire in either upland or aquatic systems is not always a catastrophe. Fishes native to the Pacific Northwest, USA, are adapted to natural disturbance regimes that create dynamic habitat patterns over space and time. Wildfire that occurs under historic wildfire return intervals and intensities is one of these disturbance processes. However, human land use, particularly long-term fire suppression, has altered the intensity and frequency of wildfire in forested upland and riparian areas in the Western USA. Climate change is further exacerbating the trend towards larger and more intense wildfire, while also altering recovery of upland forest stand composition. However, emerging research points to unexpected resilience mechanisms to even intense wildfire and associated debris flows that are present in native fish populations. A variety of adaptive strategies from movement, shifts in life stage development timelines, and use of alternative habitats allows many native fishes to thrive under dynamic landscape conditions. In some applications, wildfire may even be a useful habitat restoration tool. Recent modeling work has indicated that some life stages of Spring Chinook salmon in the Wenatchee River, USA, may benefit from allowing wildfire to occur. However, this story is complicated by the needs of local communities, and conflicting consequences of wildfire on vulnerable aquatic and terrestrial species. Our understanding of the effect of wildfire is enhanced by considering the natural patterns of wildfire disturbance, and the adaptive mechanisms that may already be present in native species.
The unprecedented 2019/20 bushfires covered large parts of the upper Murray forested regions in south east Australia. The rainfall events immediately after fires have produced large loads of sediments and pollutants (ash, nutrients, organics and metals) from the burnt catchment that threatened water quality and the ecosystem of the upper River Murray and Lake Hume. 

In this case study, we assessed the impacts of bushfires on short and long-term changes in water quality, a vital element for aquatic functioning of the Murray-Darling system as well as for impacted coastal catchments.  The overall approach included burnt area and erosion mapping, hydrological modelling, satellite observation, water quality changes and ecotoxicological impacts. This presentation will provide a basic overview of the different components of this study with particular reference to the water quality changes in the upper Murray tributaries and the inflow dynamics to Lake Hume and their short- and long- term consequences on algal blooms.

Sediment loads and major nutrients were estimated in the two major tributaries (Murray and Mitta Mitta) and compared with monitored data. High ash content and pitch-black watercolour was observed following the first flush after bushfires. Although both tributaries recorded high nutrient concentrations, the total load for these relatively small runoff events was lower than in previous years. It is expected that the total sediment load in the first year after the bushfires compared to pre-fire conditions will increase about 6-fold with an equivalent increase in nutrient loads. Using satellite imagery inflowing plumes into Lake Hume could be traced. Depending on lake water levels, suspended sediments were dispersed within the entire lake via wind-driven currents with larger sedimentation taking place near the inflow. The increased nutrient load in the lake is expected to augment the risk of algal blooms due to internal loading in the coming years. 

Storm events following a bushfire generate large volumes of fast flowing runoff carrying with it sediments and contaminants (ash, nutrients, organics, and metals) that threaten aquatic environments, recreation and water quality of the River Murray. Ecotoxicological testing is a procedure that uses living organisms to assess adverse effects of cumulative stressors in organisms with different exposure pathways. The main objective of this case study was to assess the cumulative effects of contaminants and to predict risks of multi-stressors in natural environment due to runoff from bushfire affected areas. 
Water samples were collected after storm events from three locations along the Upper River Murray from 24 January to 7 February 2020. All the water samples were analysed in the laboratory using standard methods and tested for toxicity to water fleas, snails and fish under controlled laboratory conditions. High levels of total suspended solids (TSS) in the bushfire affected water samples resulted in greater ingestion of sediments and ash in the water fleas during 48-h exposures. Reproduction was significantly impaired in water fleas exposed to bushfire water samples for 8 days with total suspended solids ranging from 145-530 mg/L. Smothering of freshwater snail egg sacs with ash resulted in complete mortality of snail larvae at TSS concentrations ≥ 300 mg/L and affected the hatching success of larvae at TSS >145 mg/L during 14 day exposures. Fish larvae also exhibited larval deformities during 12-day exposure. The preliminary investigations highlighted trace metals and TSS as the main stressors that cause adverse effects in aquatic organisms in the bushfire affected regions of south eastern Australia. 

These ecotoxicological methods and relevant physico-chemical and biological data can be used to supplement water quality and ecological studies in the preparation of a probabilistic ecological risk assessment for rainfall runoff from bushfire affected areas. 
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A sudden land-use change and distinctive local environmental constraints have inspired collective and ambitious stewardship of the Maroochy River estuary and its floodplain, building resilience to major impacts predicted from sea level rise.

Approximately 5000 hectares of the floodplain of the Maroochy River, in South-East Queensland, Australia, was dominated by sugarcane farming until the local mill closed in 2003. Given its predisposition to regular and deep flooding, neither urban development nor another widespread agricultural use is considered viable. And by 2100, much of the area is projected to be inundated by seawater.

In 2019, a partnership was launched between Sunshine Coast Council, the Queensland Government and Unitywater, to proactively work together to provide positive outcomes for our environment, community and economy.

While the project has a horizon of over eighty years, early achievements have been significant, including:

·       acquiring further lands to secure approximately 1400ha of critical wetland and floodplain areas in public ownership and establish a living laboratory for research and trials
·       inundating 190ha of former canelands to establish a new tidal wetland and improve local water quality
·       supporting the natural evolution of 90ha of tidal wetlands at another former caneland site
·       undertaking studies and initiating pilot projects for carbon and environmental offsets, to unlock new economic opportunities for rural landowners
·       initiating research into ecological and carbon outcomes in the transitioning landscape
·       establishing robust inter-agency governance arrangements and addressing early priorities under an inaugural five-year implementation plan.

At this turning of the tide, we are preserving the bounties of the river and floodplain for our community now and into the future. We are building the platform to work with the coming changes to diversify and increase these benefits as the waters rise. 

When evaluating both the financial value and the opportunity cost of activities along a river, the Resilient Rivers Blueprint provides a comprehensive framework to develop integrated river management. We can then combine this with the Resilient River Journey to position your river throughout the five different economic stages and help plan for the future.

Australia is already one of the most sophisticated water trading markets in the world, applying the Deposit Refund Scheme and salinity tax scheme to encourage people to avoid ‘white pollution’ and offset the negative externals of water trading. The advanced Report Card system implemented for each tributary of the Brisbane river collates environmental and lifestyle values, and this data is then published online as an example of how an Amenity-stage river promotes its amenity value and how each city can integrate their river management into city plan.

In comparison, China is a late entrant to water trading but its strong actions on various river-related infrastructure programs shows its ambition and commitment to resilient river management and sustainable financing. The active contribution of the private sector provides an innovative model for commercialising and attracting funding to environmental services as well as benefiting ethical business holders.

Moreover, even during the Covid 19 pandemic, the newly introduced REITS mechanism and special water fund in leading urban agglomerations demonstrates how promoting environmental services increases their profitability and is able to feed back into under-performing economic conditions.
Water is critical to all life and most economic activity. It supports diverse ecosystems and is afforded profound significance in many cultures. Unsurprisingly, it is often referred to as our most valuable or precious resource. 

However, platitudes do not equal progress. The prospects of achieving the water-related Sustainable Development Goals become slimmer by the day. This has real implications for humanity’s ability to achieve other environmental, social, economic and health-related goals that are supported by good water resource management and use. Decision makers are struggling to build and maintain political will and support for action, engage diverse stakeholders, attract private investment, understand and describe trade-offs, collect and use water information, resolve conflict at all scales, and plan for an uncertain future. These challenges are contributing to poor decisions and paralysis in the face of complexity.

The unavoidable conclusion is that all too often we do not in fact sufficiently or accurately value one of our most valuable resources.

But what is the value of water? Can its value be measured? If so, how? While even asking such questions can be contentious, answering them is critical to enabling effective and efficient management of scarce water resources. 

These questions have long occupied environmental economists. Increasingly, we must all be capable of understanding and applying economic concepts and tools to respond to the trade-off and prioritisation challenges that vex water management and use. These tools have real potential to enable policy makers, water managers, infrastructure investors and water users to make better and more informed decisions.

This presentation busts several myths about economics and its role in water resource management. It introduces a simple conceptual framework for understanding how ‘valuing water’ in economic terms can lead to better decisions and, ultimately, better outcomes for our economies, environments, societies and health.

This presentation will focus on how, since winning the 2017 International Riverprize, efforts have continued in San Antonio to improve the environment of the San Antonio River Basin while maximizing the economic impacts of sustainable development as well as the quality of life benefits provided by the river and its tributaries. New data will be shared to demonstrate the aquatic and riparian habitat improvements being made along the river in the 7th largest city in the United States. It will be explained how a $384 million public investment in the river lead to over $2.5 billion of private sector development in new business and residential housing. Finally, the discussion with shift to how the San Antonio community is continuing to advance our waterways by increasing public funding by over $260 million to simultaneously recover more habitat, generate additional economic opportunities, and celebrate San Antonio’s diverse cultural heritage.
As major urban centres around the world continue to grow in both size and density, the perceived value of degraded urban waterways is undergoing a paradigm shift. Public discourse now calls for a transition towards water sensitive cities, placing a spotlight on the importance of effective water governance. Located in the heart of Sydney, the Cooks River represents an archetype of urban degradation over 150 years, compounded by a legacy of highly fragmented governance. The Cooks River has been dismissed, maligned and designated as the most polluted urban river in Australia.

Since 1997, local governments across the catchment have worked to protect, enhance and restore the river.  In 2018, the Cooks River Alliance and its member councils began engaging local government, state agencies, industry, Aboriginal representatives and community groups to develop a ‘whole of catchment plan’. The plan is driven by the Alliance as a facilitator with a catchment lens mediating competing interests to coordinate stakeholders, ensuring the river’s long-term resilience and health. This approach has been underpinned by an inclusive and egalitarian governance framework, with the plan being developed, owned and actioned by a collective united under a common vision. 

The plan has benefited from an early community visioning process creating a unified goal, which set a robust foundation and affirmed the river’s value to the local community. Placing community at the forefront has facilitated strong engagement and decision-making across a number of often disparate stakeholder groups, shifting the narrative from most polluted to most loved with a focus on its broader values and iterative improvements.

Whilst the ongoing development of the plan is the culmination of over 20 years of successes and failures, the underlying governance framework represents a replicable model to establish a transboundary platform for negotiating sustainable and equitable management of urban waterways at multiple scales.

Stormwater management (SWM) planning and execution has a series of fundamental shortfalls leading to continued deterioration of river water quality and flow regimes. Major challenges relate to insufficient resources, aging infrastructure, areas lacking stormwater infrastructure and a legacy of poor planning.

This study examines the use of scale (municipal vs watershed) and integration (municipal public property only vs public and private property) to achieve optimal SWM performance at the greatest cost-efficiency.  The study leverages a pilot watershed in East Holland River, Canada to test the hypothesis that improved environmental outcomes can be realized at lower capital and operating costs via a catchment-based approach that includes siting centralized and distributed infrastructure on both publicly-owned and privately-owned properties. 

State of the art process-based, open source continuous simulation models were used to evaluate millions of implementation strategies -  LSPC was used for the ‘Current State’ baseline analysis and SUSTAIN was used for ‘Future State’ optimization of structural devices and future growth.

Model outputs show that cost-effective solutions entail implementing distributed and centralized stormwater control measures on both public and private land at a catchment-wide scale, unencumbered by the limitations of municipal boundaries. The most cost-effective strategies to achieve a 40% phosphorus reduction target were estimated to cost C$7.8million a year annualized over 30-years. The study identified that the target cannot be achieved, at any cost, using the current approach of siting SWM on public lands alone. Phosphorus reduction strategies also had a significant co-benefit for peak flow control, leading to a 17- 24% reduction of a 25year return event. The optimized SWM strategy was also demonstrated to mitigate future peak flow events associated with climate change.

The project demonstrates the value of undertaking catchment wide SWM optimization modeling and the need for a fundamental change in the way stormwater is planned and managed. 

Session - - 85.0 mins - Amazon
In 2016, Brisbane City Council committed $100 million over 20 years to revitalise a 20 km corridor of Oxley Creek into a world-class green lifestyle and leisure destination, leveraging public, private and philanthropic investments. Can we blend traditional investment, impact investment and blue-green financial mechanisms to scale up investment? Can we create a diversified investment portfolio augmenting traditional financing and innovative financial instruments, catalyse new opportunities, including circular economy mechanisms, which promotes an ecosystem of innovation for sustainable solutions and resilience dividends? Proactive planning and integrated investment can result in cost-savings, cost-avoidance and create multiple benefits across the catchment and community. Resilience-focused investments also provide benefits such as social cohesion/place making, job opportunities, environmental protection, and green space for public amenity.
Session - - 85.0 mins - Danube
Almost 80% of rivers in the Asia-Pacific Region are in poor condition. The Resilient Rivers Blueprint (RRBP) is a global platform to assess the river resilience and connect to other people on their river journeys to share knowledge and experience.  With a vision to enable the resilience of our rivers by addressing the complex social, economic and ecological pressures associated with global change, the RRBP becomes more relevant than ever, in protecting our rivers and waterways for future generations. 

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Session - - 55.0 mins - Plenary Room
Environmental value of our rivers
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Winners for the Rivers Got Talent competition will be announced during this session.

A talent competition open to anyone, from anywhere around the world. Rivers Got Talent will be a fun social activity open to the wider International RiverFoundation community, and with everyone stuck at home during the pandemic – what better time than now to show off your artistic or creative talents! There will be two winners, one selected by a Judging panel and a People’s Choice award. Both winners will receive a $1000 AUD Gift Card of their choice.

Vote for your favourite entry:
  1. Go to the Rivers Got Talent Event Page
  2. Scroll through the page and like your favourite video entries. 
To enter Rivers Got Talent:
  1. Film your performance (e.g. singing, dancing, playing an instrument, reciting poetry, comedy skit – just make sure it is river related) 
  2. Go to the Rivers Got Talent Facebook Event page and post your video 
  3. Get your friends and family to vote for your entry by liking your video post for the People’s Choice award 
Rivers Got Talent entry deadline: 6 November 2020

#23rd International Riversymposium
23rd International Riversymposium
#23rd International Riversymposium