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. See for this amongst other documentation RESTORE Project Layman's Report

Upcoming events

POSTPONED XX Congress of the Iberian Association of Limnology (AIL-2020) & III Iberioamerican Congress of Limnology (CIL-2020), Murcia, Spain.

From: 22-06-2020 until 26-06-2020

Between 22nd and 26th of June 2020 the city of Murcia (Southeast of Spain) will host the XX Congress of the Iberian Association of Limnology (AIL-2020). It must be highlighted that, for the first time, the fruitful coordination between the Iberian...


ADJUSTED Fish Passage 2020, Lisbon Portugal

From: 28-06-2020 until 03-07-2020

The 2020 International Conference on River Connectivity (Fish Passage 2020), incorporating the AMBER & FITHYDRO EVENT - SMART WAYS TO IMPROVE CONNECTIVITY, will bring together experts, managers, stakehold­ers and companies from around the world to...


POSTPONED River Flow Conference 2020

From: 07-07-2020 until 10-07-2020

The 10th Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics under the auspices of IAHR, River Flow 2020, will be held in Delft, Netherlands. Master Classes are intended to give the opportunity for PhD, MSc Students and young researchers to present and discuss their...


CANCELLED World Water Week Conference, Stockholm, Sweden

From: 23-08-2020 until 28-08-2020

With a rich and unique history spanning 29 years, World Water Week has developed into the world’s most influential, innovative and dynamic movement focused on transforming global water challenges. World Water Week is organized by the Stockholm...


POSTPONED TO SECOND HALF OF 2021 Eurosoil 2020, Connecting people and soil, Geneva, Switzerland.

From: 24-08-2020 until 28-08-2020

With a special session on Wetland and floodplain ecosystems, soil management, and water quality the conference of the European Confederation of Soil Science Societies (ECSSS), Eurosoil is the soil voice of Europe. Eurosoil 2020 aims to tackle e.g....


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