On 4 September 2007, the ICPDR has won the Australian $300,000 (approx. 180,000 Euro) International Thiess River prize 2007 for its excellence in water management in the Danube River Basin . The announcement was made in Brisbane , Australia , during a special award ceremony at the 10th annual International River symposium
The prestigious International Thiess River prize is awarded each year for outstanding achievements in river management across the world. It is today one of the most highly regarded and richest international water management awards. "The River prize identifies the world's best practices in water management, preservation and restoration. Selected finalists of the 2007 prize came from Canada , China and New Zealand .
Mr Zinke was asked to formulate the application text which the ICPDR Secretariat submitted in March 2007.