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

The ECRR is a European network consisting of national centres, organisations, institutions and individual subscribents 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 almost 1000 contacts (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 RiverWike 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

ECRR Newsletter 2-2018 July

The content of this ECRR Newsletter shows that the river restoration and river management communities are more, and more together on the move for more and better river restoration activities. The articles about the IS Rivers 2018 Conference and the GWP-CEE Summer School 2018 ‘Towards Agenda 2030’ witness a real drive by the youth and the science. Then the articles of the winner of the UK River Prize 2018 ‘Hill to Levels’, the French river continuity restoration approach and the Yecla de Yeltes Dam Removal, in Spain prove that the (best) practices are available.

The DriDanube Project article on the ‘Drought Risk in the Danube region’ describes an advanced approach for monitoring, early warning and impact assessments of droughts for the development of a strategy to improve drought emergency response.

A number of informative announcements are in this issue highlighted as well: The World Rivers Day on the 23rd of September, a handbook presentation ‘From sea to source 2.0’ on river connectivity restoration, and a call for cooperation on knowledge about all aspects of riparian vegetation by the COST CONVERGES Action. We want to remark the 16th EUROPE-INBO 2018 International Conference on the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive will be held in Sevilla, Spain and finally the international river restoration event calendar is updated extensively.

Newsletter ECRR 2018-2-July.pdf


European waters Assessment of status and pressures 2018

The main aim of EU water policy is to ensure that a sufficient quantity of good-quality water is available for both people's needs and the environment. The Water Framework Directive (WFD), which came into force in 2000, established a framework for the assessment, management, protection and improvement of the quality of water resources across the EU. Since December 2015, EU Member States have been publishing the second river basin management plans (RBMPs) for achieving the environmental objectives of the WFD. These plans are updates of the first RBMPs, which were published in 2009. By spring 2018, 25 Member States had reported to the Water Information System for Europe (WISE).

In 2018, the European Commission will publish its report on the assessment of the second RMBP's and will start the process of evaluating WFd (EC, 2017a). To accompany and inform the this process, the EEA has produced this report on the state of Europe's water. In addition, the Water Information System for Europe (WISE) Freshwater visualiation tool presents more, and more detailed, results.

Download Europen waters: European waters assessment  202018.pdf


Dam Removal: A viable solution for the future of our European Rivers

With only 40 percent of Europe’s waterways in good condition, a new study published today calls for tens of thousands of redundant dams and other barriers to be removed to help restore rivers and lakes – boosting wildlife populations and benefiting communities across the continent. A new initiative called Dam Removal Europe aims to start an era of dam removal.

Download Dam-Removal-Europe-Report-2018.pdf


Restoration of river continuity: model initiatives across France and Europe.

Summarry  of a day workshop organised by the French Agency for Biodiversity on 9 November 2017 in the Paris region (Ile-de-France), with the Yvette valley hydraulic-development syndicate (SIAHVY) and the regional nature park of the upper Chevreuse valley during the 1st European Centre for River Restoration General Members' Meeting held in France.

Download: Restoration of river continuty:.pdf


For more publications go to the Publications page.

Tweets ECRR and partners

TweetId: 1053719822348025856 Fish Migration fishmigration fishmigration RT JRoyte: Four exciting dam removals to look out for, for river health, for @fishmigration - https://t.co/CYdYXZ6pem https://t.co/OkUxwXY25h 20-10-18 18:49
TweetId: 1053718384800661504 CIRF CIRFcommunity CIRFcommunity RT CDF_Lombardia: Incontro con il gruppo di lavoro 4 a #SestoSanGiovanni per la #coprogettazione delle misure del… https://t.co/MjCOm88GNt 20-10-18 18:43
TweetId: 1053604150183976960 GEF IW:LEARN IWLEARN IWLEARN RT GWPnews: A lot of comments, feedback and ideas were shared in the recent #GWPnetwork meeting - see graphic recordings of all… https://t.co/NF3Jatw1wW 20-10-18 11:09
TweetId: 1053603986840961029 GEF IW:LEARN IWLEARN IWLEARN RT UNECE_Water: Participants from the high-level workshop on #financing #transboundary #basin #development brainstorm on financing… https://t.co/ouYV4xMPHq 20-10-18 11:09
TweetId: 1053519942363082752 SYKE SYKEinfo SYKEinfo Tutkijoiden mukaan toivoa ilmastonmuutoksen pysäyttämiseksi on, vaikka urakka on valtava – HS selvitti, millä keino… https://t.co/00hqAtCwwy 20-10-18 05:35
TweetId: 1053282719059324929 RESTORE rivers RESTORErivers RESTORErivers RT ChrisBaingerEA: #SpawningWatch Just fantastic if you would like to live action of fish spawning check this out from Finland… https://t.co/AoPTFhSrQC 19-10-18 13:52
TweetId: 1053264751999025152 The RRC The_RRC The_RRC RT DWTWildRivers: New scrape extention by the hide on our Tadnoll reserve is filling up. #pillwort is colonising. https://t.co/D4N2UbtBRX 19-10-18 12:41
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TweetId: 1053221624890175488 SYKE SYKEinfo SYKEinfo RT KnuuttilaS: Kollega @lyytimaki avaa hyvin miksi Kiinan suunnitelmassa valaista Chengdun kaupunki auringonvaloa maahan heijastav… https://t.co/ETFtaiQyfj 19-10-18 09:49
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TweetId: 1053200878633738241 riversnetwork.org riversnetwork riversnetwork https://t.co/wal0MZD5wp Building a network of River Basins and Watersheds Organisations, Partnerships, Communities… https://t.co/coNEYUGpNl 19-10-18 08:27
TweetId: 1053193140012834817 riversnetwork.org riversnetwork riversnetwork https://t.co/RDU6ghAzkf Mapping the world river basins, #Ramsar, #Dams, @protectedplanet @LNatura2000 ...Today… https://t.co/nOP92bxRaN 19-10-18 07:56
TweetId: 1053181031442980864 riversnetwork.org riversnetwork riversnetwork https://t.co/lJZEsQjnrt Networking Rivers and Wetlands : River Vartry Protection Society (#Ireland) @VartryRiverhttps://t.co/fxFubhoqXS 19-10-18 07:08
TweetId: 1053166920827060224 SYKE SYKEinfo SYKEinfo RT Ymparistontila: Olethan tutustunut monipuoliseen tietopakettiin ympäristön tilasta? Tietopakettiin kuuluvat ympäristön tila -katsau… https://t.co/h9yFZVrX1q 19-10-18 06:12
TweetId: 1053163927901798401 WWF CEE WWFCEE WWFCEE WWF-Adria's #ProtectRiverBirds campaign was supported by more than 8,000 people, raising awareness about the import… https://t.co/CkK6Kl66g2 19-10-18 06:00
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TweetId: 1052952863234842625 The RRC The_RRC The_RRC RT CainBio: Looking forward to starting the restoration at the end of this month! https://t.co/P5PNoYnUTf 18-10-18 16:01
TweetId: 1052950761309659136 Fish Migration fishmigration fishmigration Fish migration in the Mekong river basin helps to support the world’s largest inland fishery and provides livelihoo… https://t.co/c1fiWEcyzD 18-10-18 15:53

River Restoration Events

The next International Conference "EUROPE-INBO 2018" for a better implementation of the European Water Directives will be held in Seville, Spain from 17 to 20 October 2018 at the invitation of the Hydrographic Confederation of Guadalquivir. With four Roundtables on different subjects. One of them: Efficiency and multiple benefits: the interest of combining Hydraulic infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions to face the issues of climate change. Click here for more information    

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.