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Mountain Sports Sustainability
Sustainability

IRF commits to the IOC’s Mountain Sports Sustainability Pledge

Today marks International Mountain Day and with it, the IRF has commited to the International Olympic Committee’s Mountain Sports Sustainability Pledge. The IRF is one of twelve organisations to be part of the IOC Mountain Summit Group. Over the past two years, the group has agreed a set of ten principles for all users of sports

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World Virtual Youth Festival 2021
Development

Curtain closes on the UTS World Virtual Youth Festival 2021

The UTS World Virtual Youth Festival 2021 came to an end with a breath-taking Closing Ceremony from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia was the centre for youth of all abilities coming together under the patronage of the IOC, IPC, SOI, SportAccord, GAISF and AIMS. Over 100 organisations joined forces with one mission, to

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Sustainability

Join A-DASH roundtable discussion on ending river recreation sexual harassment

The A-DASH Collaborative is pleased to announce a focus on ending sexual harassment on and around river recreation at the upcoming River Management Roundtable on Tuesday, 23rd November from 20:30 to 21:30 (CET). “This will be an excellent primer for river managers, company principals and human resource leaders who are looking for an effective approach

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new targets for Sports for Climate Action
Sustainability

IRF joins ambitious new targets for Sports for Climate Action

UN Climate Change News, 3 November 2021: ambitious new targets for Sports for Climate Action A number of ambitious emissions reductions targets were announced by the UNFCCC’s Sports for Climate Action Framework (S4CA) today. These include reaching Net Zero by 2040 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 at the latest. This comes

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Rafael Gallo's legacy
Sustainability

Thank you! Rafael Gallo’s legacy campaign exceeds goal

Rafael Gallo’s legacy whitewater partnership will support river sustainability projects and a whitewater digital archive The Rivers and Forests Alliance (RAFA) is thrilled with the success of the fundraising campaign conducted with the World River Centre, International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHoF) and the IRF to further the conservation work of Rafael “Rafa” Gallo, RAFA

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Rafael Gallo was honoured at Paddle Sports Show 2021
IRF

Rafael Gallo was honoured at the Paddle Sports Show 2021

On 30 August 2021, IRF Honorary President, Rafael Gallo was honoured during the industry dinner at the 2021 Paddle Sports Show in Lyon, France. Risa Shimoda of International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHoF) presented the annual inductees for the 2021 year at the show and concluded with a short presentation where Rafael Gallo was honoured.

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Universal Declaration of the Rights of Rivers
Sustainability

A wave of new support for the Rights of Rivers

Advocates from across the globe gathered at the IUCN World Conservation Congress (both in person and remotely) to highlight the precipitous growth of the movement to recognise the rights of rivers and watersheds. The conference also marked the approximate one year anniversary of the formal launch of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Rivers

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Blue Heart - Vjosa Explorer 3
Sustainability

Vjosa the Blue Heart of Europe

By Klara Kita, Vjosa Explorer Vjosa River known since the Illyrian times as “The blue heart of Albania” is not just a river for the people who have been living next to it generation after generation. It is an inseparable part of the environment as well as their everyday lives. Along with Vjosa there is

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Sustainability

“Weekend for rivers” celebrated the Tara river

By Jasmina Marčok As announced, on August 21, river and rafting enthusiasts, rafters from all over the Balkans and their guests gathered on the Tara River to mark the “Weekend for Rivers” supported by WWF Adria and the International Rafting Federation. The gathering sought to raise the voice for local rivers and pointing out the

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