Welcome to the website of the European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR)

River restoration brings futureproof river ecosystems that serve all who are dependent on healthy and safe water.

The ECRR is considered internationally to be the key network to promote and build capacity for ecological river restoration across Europe, supporting the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, Floods Directive and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UNECE Water Convention, the Convention on  Biodiversity, as well as national policies. See here ECRR's submission to the EC's WFD Fitness Check.

The ECRR is the authoritative voice on river restoration in Europe.

The ECRR is respected by the EU, governments, and the wider river restoration community in greater Europe, backed by its formal national network of members. The ECRR maintains this position by making the most out of the active involvement of its partners, members and contacts. The ECRR is an independent association, free to voice opinions, irrespective of the interests of partners and supporters. See here ECRR's Position Paper.

This makes ECCR: "The network for best practice river restoration in greater Europe" with the following purposes:

  • A mission to encourage and support ecological river restoration throughout greater Europe, through a European network consisting of national and topic centres, organisations, institutions and individual subscribers. See ECRR's Members Network.
  • Connecting people and organizations working on river restoration. The network consists of about 2000 contacts (organisations and individuals), is represented in 12 European countries by a national centre, and works together closely with a number of Key Partners.
  • Supporting development of best practices of river restoration and disseminating information on ecological river restoration: for instance via the RiverWiki Platform for case studies from all over Europe.

River restoration experts in Europe use the knowledge and contacts in the ECRR network to achieve maximum succes.

Through ECRR's activities, we exchange knowledge from one to another country, establish cross border and professional contacts and influence decision making. Our insights, case studies and technical information broaden perspectives of reseachers, NGO's, praticioners and policy makers.

Upcoming events

The River Restoration Centre (RRC) annual conference, Harrogate England.

From: 21-04-2020 until 22-04-2020

Each year the River Restoration Centre (RRC) holds an Annual Network Conference that brings together professionals from all areas of river restoration including contractors, engineers, consultants, academics, and representatives from trusts, local...


6th IWA International Symposium, Istanbul Turkey.

From: 28-04-2020 until 30-04-2020

The Symposium is dedicated to subjects relevant to the water traditions, culture and religions. This unique event aims to promote interactions, to motivate discussions and to encourage collaborations among the global community on water resources in...


Dam Removal Europe goes Alps, Utting, Bavaria, Germany.

From: 14-05-2020 until 16-05-2020

We are pleased to announce the “Dam Removal goes Alps” seminar, organized by WWF (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Dam Removal Europe partners, and in cooperation with regional and international partners. It takes place from 14 to 16 May 2020 in...


World Fish Migration Day

From: 16-05-2020 until 16-05-2020

World Fish Migration Day is a one day global celebration to create awareness on the importance of free flowing rivers and migratory fish. Everyone is welcome to join in on this celebration and organize their own event! This time, we are celebrating...


28th International Symposium "Delta and Wetlands" & Jubilee Symposium 50 year Danube Delta National Institute, Tulcea, Romania.

From: 19-05-2020 until 24-05-2020

In 2020, we celebrate the jubilee, meaning 50 years of relevant achievements to the community’s benefit: conducting fundamental and applied research for scientific support of the management of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBR) and other...


For more events goto the event section!

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