History of the project
: In the context of the Living Elbe project (Main partners:
Deutsche Umwelthilfe and Gruner+Jahr), Roberto Epple initiates
the First international
Elbe Swimming Day : 14 July 2002, 2 PM ! 5 years before
the event no body could believe that the river Elbe would
become the longest freshwater beach (at least for one day).
The river Elbe was in 1989 the most polluted river in Europe
: 14 of July: The First international Elbe Swimming Day
was a big success.(55 swimmingplaces along 1000 km from
the spring (Czech Republik) to Hamburg). 100 000 citizens
celebrated the River Elbe.
: After the big success, ERN European Rivers Network plans
a european wide River swimming day, the so called BIG JUMP.
The feasibility study was positive.
: ERN starts the preparation of the campaign (ateliers,
workshops, promoting tour through Europe)
: 17th of July, ERN announces by press
release officially the BIG JUMP 2005 -2010 - 2015
and the official multilingual Website www.bigjump.org
is opened !
2005 : The preparatory phase starts. WWF, EEB
(EEB : European Environmental Bureau regrouping European
NGO's) and RhineNet
(EU interreg Program) supports Big Jump. Many regional partners
join BJ !
: Big Jump 2005 - the First European River Swimming Day
- was a phantastic river celebration !! Estimated
200-300 000 participants across Europe ! Thank you ! Extraordinary
participation in Big Jump: 31 rivers, 22 countries, 216
official actions, 240 spontaneous non official jumps, 250
extraordinary coverage by media
: (intermediary year) A serie of local Big Jumps are launched
in regions with low partizipation in 2005 as well as a preversion
of a mediterranean BJ ! : Date July 15 , 3 pm ( GMT
+ 2) !
More then 120
Big Jump in 15 countrys was realized - again a great
2008 : BJ all over. ! Good partizipation ! More then
80 Big Jump connus !!!! Germany : 20,
Belgium : 18, Spain 22, France : 6, others : 15
: Good participation in the 2009 Big Jump ! 20
in Belgium/Luxembourg, 18 in Germany, 10
in France, 9 in Spain,9 in Netherland,7 in Italy, 3
in Hungary ....
: The europeen wide Big Jump
2010 was a real Biiiiig Jump ! 250 official and up to
400 inofficial or privat Big Jumps in 20 countrys ! Thank
you to all the organisators !
: Excellent ! More then 115 / 218 / 175 Big Jumps
in this intermediary year !