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

The ECRR is a European network consisting of national centres and individual members bound by their mission to encourage and support ecological river restoration throughout greater Europe.

The ECRR connects people and organizations working on river restoration. The network consists of 800 members (organisations and individuals), is represented in 12 European countries by a national centre, and works together closely with a number of key partners.

The ECRR supports development of best practices of river restoration and disseminates information on ecological river restoration: for instance via the RiverWiki platform for case studies from all over Europe.

What is river restoration?

River restoration is action that restores the natural state and functioning of a river system in support of biodiversity, recreation, flood safety and landscape development. Read more...

Step-by-step guidance on how to develop and implement a successful river restoration project in Europe.

River restoration can generate economic benefits from tourism, recreation, flood control and many other services provided by healthy river ecosystems.

Restoration can make significant contributions to flood risk reduction by increasing the natural retention capacity of rivers. Excess water can be absorbed by restoring wetlands and floodplains, former meanders and other natural storage areas.

River restoration contributes to biodiversity by restoring natural habitats that support aquatic animals and plants.

Hydropower production may harm rivers by affecting changes such as natural water flows and disconnecting upstream and downstream areas. Restoration offers opportunities to mitigate these impacts.



The RESTORE project

The ECRR worked together in close collaboration with the RESTORE project, which ran between 2010 and 2013. It launched with six European partners and the objective of making connections between river restoration professionals in Europe and joining existing national efforts on river restoration.

The RESTORE partnership created this website to share knowledge and promoting best practice on river restoration in Europe. The partnership encourage the restoration of European rivers towards a more natural state for increased ecological quality, flood risk reduction, and social and economic benefits. As the project has ended, the ECRR will carry this forward.

Some of the other key outputs of the RESTORE project are the RiverWiki, the Layman's report (that sets a direction for future activities) and the river restoration guide for planners: Rivers by Design.

Publications-Latest uploads

Improved regional cooperation in design and financing of river restoration measures by using the Ecosystem Services Approach - Practical insights for regional water managers

This study was financed by the Dutch Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu and the German Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit as part of their acivities in the context of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and Lakes (adopted 1992 in Helsinki, short: Water Convention) and by Nidersäksische Ministerium für Umwelt, Energie und Klimaschutz.


Natural Water Retention in Europe

Natural Water Retention Measures cover a diversity of meaures that are implemented by different sectors or considered in different planning processes dealing with water; flood risk management, biodiversity protection, climate change adaptation, or urban planning. Some of these measures aim to directly modify the ecosystem, while others focus on changes of practice of economic operators.


The Handbook for Management and Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems in River and Lake Basin

GWP and INBO launched at the World Water Forum in Korea this handbook that draws from real-life experiences, practical examples and expertise acquired in national and transboundary basins throughout the world. It is organized by the theme and centred on the key issueslinked to managing and restoraing aquatic ecosystems. The work includes contributions from several authors who represent different approaches in this complex domain, including experts on IWRM and the environment.


SEE River Toolkit for facilitating cross sectoral management of river corridors

The SEE River Project sucessfully developed the SEE River Toolkit, a generally applicable model and guidance how to reach common agreement on river management for the harmonisation of both - development and conservation interests. It is an innovative tool, based on local and international experience that outlines a new direction and represents a good basis for the future sustainable use of river corridors.


ECRR Newsletter, May 2015

ECRR Newsletter, May 2015


For more publications go to the Publications page.

Tweets ECRR and partners

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European River Symposium 2015

Save the date:

9 - 10 November 2015 Vienna, Austria!

Rivers in Europe; Best Practices of River Basin Management,  Partners for Rivers.

The European River Symposium 2015 is an unique opportunity to celebrate rivers, to meet with river stakeholders from many countries and sectors, and to learn about challenges and opportunities on rivers across Europe.

The 2015 River Symposium will include the European RiverPrize gala at the Vienna City Hall, at which the 2015 IRF European RiverPrize winner will be announced.


6th ERRC, Vienna October '14

The ECRR and the SEE River Project together organised the 6th edition of the European River Restoration Conference (ERRC), integrated with the Final event of the SEE River project. The ERRC was held from 27 - 29 October in Vienna. 


The webpage on the conference contains all the presentations, recordings of the presentations, the conference report and the final statement.


Alongside the conference, the 2nd European Riverprize was awarded in Vienna's magnicifant City Hall on 28 October; the winner is the River Mur (Austria)!

Wetlands International presents River Talk; a series of short video interviews with featured speakers at the 2014 European River Restoration Conference. Topics include the state of Europe’s rivers, challenges, opportunities and innovative approaches for river restoration, the European Riverprize, better implementation of European environmental directives through green infrastructure, floods and disaster risk reduction, and urban planning. 

5th ERRC, 2013

Celebrating successes & addressing challenges

The European Centre for River Restoration, alongside the RESTORE partnership, organised the 5th European River Restoration Conference (11-13 September 2013) in Vienna, Austria.

The event showcased inspiring examples of river restoration and shared lessons learned about the successes, challenges and opportunities for river restoration in Europe. The conference brought together over 300 key policy makers and restoration practitioners to discuss opportunities for river restoration to achieve a number of environmental, economic and social objectives.

The conference featured the 1st European Riverprize awarded by the International River Foundation and won by the river Rhine.

See the conference programme and view the presentations, posters and videos on our conference page.