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The Rhine - a history and a model in regime development


The Rhine - a history and a model in regime development

A river at the heart of Europe, the Rhine has a length of 1320 km and a catchment area of 185,000 km2. The population density and the degree of urbanisation and industrialisation in its basin have presented a particular water management and river development challenges in the past and will continue to do so in the future. In this book section, the development of the Rhine regime is sketched, focussing on the changing water management challenges and purposes, contracting parties, modes of co-operation, and experience in implementing th various agreements.

It has been published in the proceedings of the Conference "Implementing Transboundary River Conventions" that was organised by the Luso - American Foundation and took place on 8-9 March 2001 in Porto, Portugal. The chapter is available via the Springer Verlag website.


Kraemer, R. Andreas und Kampa, Eleftheria (2003): The Rhine - a history and a model in regime development. Berlin/ Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.

Published In
Implementing Transboundary River Conventions
22 pp.
Table of Contents

1. The Rhine catchment area and its history
2. History of Rhine regime development
2.1 Navigation, Regulation, Hydropower
2.2 Recognising Water Pollution
2.3 The International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR)
2.4 Towards Integrated Mangement
2.5 Convention for the Protection of the Rhine, Bern 1999
3. Shared Responsibility for an European River
4. Outlook: The EC Water Framework Directive 2000 & the Rhine 2020
5. References