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 800 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

Délimiter l'espace de bon fonctionnement de cours d'eau

La coordination générale de ce travail a été réalisée par Benoît Terrier et Stéphan Strffek (agge(agence de léau Rhône Méditerranée Corse)

L’orientation fondamentale 6-A du SDAGE Rhône Méditerranée 2016-2021 préconise de restaurer ou préserver un espace de bon fonctionnement pour atteindre le bon état écologique des cours d’eau. Elle vise aussi à optimiser le développement des différents usages, pour l’actuel et pour le futur, et faire en sorte qu’aucun d’entre eux ne s’exerce au détriment des autres : « La restauration d’un bon fonctionnement hydrologique et morphologique doit être génératrice de bénéfices durables, tant pour les milieux, quelle que soit la dimension des masses d’eau et leur localisation, que pour les activités humaines au travers des services rendus par les écosystèmes ».




ECRR Newsletter, April 2017

This newsletter includes reports of a variety of recently held river restoration conferences. Moreover it presents a number of interesting special technical river restoration articles.

Two articles describe the centrally organised river restoration dissemination activities in two countries, Romania and Poland, while the event calender shows interesting upcoming river restoration events.

Download the ECRR Newsletter, April 2017


Characterizing fish responses to a river restoration over 21 years based on species traits

Understanding restoration effectiveness is often impaired by a lack of quality, long term monitoring data and, to date, few studies have used species trait information to gain insight into the processes that drive reaction of fish communities to restoration. Authors examined fish community reponses using a highly resolved dataset with 21 consecutive years of data (four years pre- and 17 years post restoration) at multiple restored and unrestored sampling reaches from a river restoration project at the Lippe River, Germany.


Rewilding in a Managed Landscape - The Swindale Beck Restoration Project

This article describes the work carried out to restore a meandering profile and natural processess in a section of the Swindale Beck, a tributary of the River Eden in Cumbria. It outlines the need for the project, the restoration methods employed and the anticipated benefits, and discusses some of the challenges of delvering a rwilding project in a managed landscape.


Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016

This report is an indicator-based assessment of past and projected climate change and its impacts on ecosystems and society. It also looks at society's vulnerability to these impacts and at the development of adaptation policies and the underlying knowledge base. This is the fourth 'Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe' report, which is published every four years. This edition aims to support the implementation and review process of the 2013 EU Adaptation Strategy, which is foreseen for 2018, and the development of national and transnational adaptation strategies and plans.


For more publications go to the Publications page.

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River Restoration Conferences


Abstract submission extended

           until May 1, 2017

Symposium on Adaptation of Inland Fisheries and Aqua Culture to Climate Change ​

Sept. 3-6 Stare Jablonki Poland

Symposium Organiser S. Sakowicz Inland Fisheries Institute Poland on behalf of the European Inland Fisheries and Aqua Culture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC)​​

The main objective of the symposium is to present the current state of knowledge. Create a basis for development of recommendations for inland fisheries management.

The goal is to prepare a white paper that will help to guide preventive resources management in Europe. Contributions are important to this goal and the best papers will be published in the special issue of Fisheries Management and Ecology.

Please find more detailed informatio about the conference on the website http://www.eifaac2017.pl

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.