Not many would describe the sustainable river basin management efforts of the International RiverFoundation as “sexy.” Some proof of this is the difficulty they have attracting top talent, which is part of a larger debate around the cuts seen in funds focused on natural resources and the restoration of bodies of fresh water.
The RiverFoundation has implemented the Riverprize award since 1999, but the award’s value in recognizing river protection efforts were somewhat thwarted, because it was not uncommon that the people and organizations who received the honor did not follow through after receiving recognition.
Fortunately, the RiverFoundation have come up with a promising solution to their version of this problem. “Twinning” connects Riverprize winners, and sometimes candidates, with active organizations on the field. This ensures that expert knowledge will still find a way in the implementation of projects. A post on Devex documents a case study of twinning at work in Kenya.