Results and the future


The water quality of the Rhine and its tributaries and the environment have improved a lot thanks to good cooperation among all countries. And cooperation will make things better still.

96 per cent of the population is connected to a waste water treatment plant. Many large industrial firms now have their own waste water treatment plant.

The number of species of plants and animals has increased. Migrating fish, especially salmon, sea trout and eel, have been able to get as far as Strasbourg from the North Sea since 2006.

Natural flood plains along the Rhine are being restored.

Protection against high water is also going according to plan, but a lot still remains to be done before we achieve the goals we have set ourselves.

 

Salmon in the Rhine - completely in its element - Photo: O. Niepagenkemper
Salmon in the Rhine - completely in its element - Photo: O. Niepagenkemper