European Centre for River Restoration

The ECRR is a European network consisting of national centres and individual members bound by their mission to enhance and promote river restoration throughout Europe.

The ECRR counteracts the threats to natural riverine habitats by fostering the establishment of national river restoration networks, and by disseminating information on river restoration.

To stay up to date on river restoration in Europe sign up for the ECRR newsletter.

ECRR's mission is to enhance ecological river restoration throughout Europe.

ECRR therefore connects people and organizations working on river restoration, and supports the development of good/best practices of river restoration.

ECRR's vision on river restoration is that it is eco-system based, and it is an integral part of sustainable water management.

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The 5th European River Restoration Conference was held 11-13 September in Vienna, Austria. It featured over 60 keynotes, presentations, and workshops, about 120 poster presentations, 3 field trip excursions, and was organised alongside the 1st European RiverPrize .


ECRR is excited to announce that the partners of the Community of Practice ( see the news page under River basins engaged in WWF6 process) have formalised their commitment to river restoration at the signing of the contract at the 5th European River Restoration Conference.

The 5th European River Restoration Conference, held 11-13 September 2013 in Vienna, Austria, was a great success. Over 300 participated in presentations and workshops by a wide range of speakers, from high ranking European officals to enthousiastic practitioners. All presentations and videos will become available on the RESTORE website. Sign up for the ECRR newsletter to receive the conference reports.

The International Riverfoundation awarded the first European Riverprize on the 12th of September 2013. The Winner is the River Rhine, selected for its great achievements over the past 50 years.

ECRR is excited to announce that the partners of the Community of Practice see the news page under River basins engaged in WWF6 process have signed .

The ECRR has contributed to the submission lead by Wetlands International to the consultative process on the Blueprint to safegueard Europe's waters of the European Commission

The newsletter special on National Centres offers an overview of the wide range of organisations that form the backbone of the ECRR network.

Download the Lelystad declaration. This call to European countries to restore rivers was estalished at the seminar held at the ECRR's 10th anniversary.

Download the ECRR Brochure: Addressing practitioners (pdf version, 8MB)


ECRR works in close cooperation with RESTORE and REFORM.

Conference "Nature-friendly management of rivers and valleys"

Organised under the auspices of the National Centre of Poland, by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW Facuty of Engineering and Environmental Sciences. More info.

The 50th ISOCARP International Planning Congress: "Urban Transformations - Cities and Water".

The 50th ISOCARP International Planning Congress will take place in Gdynia, Poland, 23-26 September 2014 . The theme is "Urban Transformations - Cities and Water".

The call for abstracts is open now, for the congress and for your entry to the Waterfront Planning Marathon. More info.

2014 Riverprize Now Open!

International RiverFoundation is now accepting applications for the 2014 Riverprize awards. For the second year running, there will be three prize categories to choose from – the Australian Riverprize, the IRF European Riverprize or the Thiess International Riverprize. More info.

For a more extensive overview of events see the RESTORE events page.

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