What is Riverwalk all about?
“Riverwalk” is a powerful life-changing experience for young people who want to discover and protect rivers and have an intense cross-cultural experience but it is also a project that sends a clear message: while there is a need for renewable energy, it cannot come at all costs. With the number of free-flowing, wild rivers in Europe dwindling, it is critical to protect the most intact and ecologically important ones left.
2019 marks the 6th year of Riverwalk!
More on the Riverwalk 2019:
The Riverwalk 2019 will bring together 20 young adults to hike and bike for two weeks all the way from the spring of the Tyrolean Lech all the way to the German border.
Overall, Riverwalk’s objectives are to develop participants’ personal connection to nature and rivers, explore topics of renewable energy, nature conservation and sustainability as well as develop competences such as leadership, team building, project management and active citizenship. At the same time, participants are invited to learn how to live and work together with youth from different backgrounds, resolve conflicts in a productive manner, and co-create a supportive, participatory, open-minded, communicative atmosphere and thus improve inter cultural understanding.
Riverwalk targets motivated young adults/leaders (18-30 years old), and combines action and activism, fun and outdoor experiences all into an exciting project that aims to increase awareness of the importance of free-flowing rivers, develop participants’ leadership skills, expand a growing international network of young environmental leaders, and form personal connections to unique and threatened river systems.
Aim of Riverwalk 2019:
~ to discover and protect the Tyrolean Lech
~ learn about river protection in Austria and get to know the Tyrolean Lech as a positive example
~ self-growth and empowerment
This project will raise awareness of the importance of protecting free-flowing rivers, explore topics such as balancing renewable energy development and nature protection as well as focus on the relation between EU legislation and local action for rivers. It will develop a core of motivated and active young adults who are willing to take action for river conservation, increase international cooperation and cultural understanding and support the participants’ personal development and connection to the issues and regions.
Details of Riverwalk 2018 – Austria:
- Number/makeup of participants: 20 young adults (18-30 years old) from Austria and Slovenia
- Distance of journey: 140 kilometers along the Tyrolean Lech river from Dalaas (Vorarlberg) to Schongau (Bavaria)
- Dates of journey: 14.7. – 26.7.2018
Riverwalks in the past
- Austria-Slovenia (2014)
- Italy-Slovenia (2015)
- Albania (2016)
- Inn River: Switzerland, Austria, Germany (2017)
- Kamp river (Austria) and Ammer (Germany) (2018)
The Riverwalk projects in the past have always had a strong focus on protecting natural, free-flowing rivers and promoting ecological solutions to the challenges rivers face.