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Climate change in Arunachal Pradesh
Sustainability

Climate change in Arunachal Pradesh

In part two, we continue Natalia’s adventures in northern India and discover more about how to take on climate change in Arunachal Pradesh. Read the earlier article here. Taking on climate change in Arunachal Pradesh By Natalia Zenkova … Next morning I crossed a river channel of Brahmaputra river to reach the middle of the

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Arunachal Pradesh
Sustainability

Arunachal Pradesh: forgotten land of pure white water

Taking on climate change in Arunachal Pradesh: how one woman’s short trip to India turned into a two month adventure exploring, learning, and supporting local river communities. Arunachal Pradesh: forgotten land of pure white water By Natalia Zenkova In 2014, I read a travelling journal on a plane. I saw beautiful pictures from North Eastern

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National Rivers Project
Sustainability

103 National Wildlife Refuge Water Trails now on the US National Rivers Project

Dozens of popular paddling destinations along National Wildlife Refuge Water Trails are now even more accessible online having been recently added to the National Rivers Project (NRP), an interactive map and online database which helps to identify, explore and plan river trips. The NRP now includes 18 National Wildlife Refuges and features 103 water trails

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Etienne Stott - championing for our climate
Sustainability

Olympic gold medalist championing for our climate

London 2012 Olympic canoe slalom gold medalist, Etienne Stott is championing for our climate. No stranger to fame, Etienne has swapped podiums for protests in order to defend our planet. In our exclusive interview, Etienne shares with us the challenges facing paddlesports and how to get involved in championing for the climate. You’re no stranger

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UTS Youth Festival 2020 logo
Development

UTS – Virtual Youth Festival announced

The IRF is proud to announce that we have been invited to participate in the United Through Sport (UTS) International Virtual Youth Festival! This historic event is a unique opportunity for IRF youth teams to get involved in a global project. UTS is an initative launched in 2019 by the Association of Independent Recognised Sports

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Keep the river clean
Sustainability

Sustainability in rafting

For many years now, we have committed to sustainability in rafting. From objectives in our Bylaws, to running the world’s first certified carbon neutral sports world championship. Most recently, we have extended our commitment to sustainability. In 2019 we committed to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework for Climate Change Convention) Sports for Climate Action. Now,

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Stop the Batoka Gorge Dam
Sustainability

Help stop the Batoka Gorge Dam

The review dates of the Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the proposed Batoka Gorge Hydro- Electric Scheme (Zambia and Zimbabwe) on the Zambezi River been delayed due to impacts from the coronavirus. Now is the time to have your say – read the ESIA, make informed decisions, register your interest to help stop

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Stop the Batoka Gorge Dam
Sustainability

Save the Zambezi – Batoka Gorge threatened by huge dam

By Gary Wockner – Save the Zambezi When we hopped into the safari truck at “Safari Par Excellence” in Livingstone, Zambia, one of our guides handed each of us a “Nyami Nyami” necklace. He had hand-carved the pendent — which is a serpent-like creature — and gave it to us as a good-luck omen for

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Rafting Operator Accreditation (ROA) launch
Development

Rafting Operator Accreditation (ROA) – what is it?

The Rafting Operator Accreditation (ROA) Committee has now achieved this stage and is ready for input from stakeholders. The IRF has for many years discussed the merits of developing an accreditation for operators that offer whitewater rafting guided or instructional services. Simply put, this process would provide a means of recognizing operators that meet or

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