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

Presentations on river restoration and WFD implementation

To the occasion of the ECRR General Members Meeting a mini-symposium was organised by STOWA the National Centre for Stream and River Restoration in the Netherlands. The general theme was 'River restoration & WFD implementation'. An European and 4 national views from this perspective were presented to the 50 participants of the symposium in the morning, followed by a field exscursion in the afternoon.

OpeningPresentationGMM2018 ErnestdeGrootSTOWA.pdf

ECRRViewonRiverRestorationandWFDimplementation MartinJanes ECRRTheRRC.pdf

SystemAnalysisasbasisforriverrestoration BasvanderWalSTOWA.pdf


Enhancedriverrestoration&WFDimplementationNorway AndersIversenNorway.pdf


Case studies on river continuity restoration by weir removal in France!

The Agency for Biodiversity, also the National Centre for River Restoration in France provided us 6 case studies on river continuity restoration by weir removal in English language. These case studies are also included in the RiverWiki, but these information sheets give other, additional information about the projects.

1. REX2018_ALAGNON_GB_v2BD.pdf

2. REX2018_ERVE_GB_v3BD.pdf

3. REX2018_LEFF_GB_v2BD.pdf

4. REX2018_MARIA_GB_v2BD.pdf

5. REX2018_SIENNE_GB_v1BD.pdf

6. REX2018_SOANAN_GBv2BD.pdf


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


For more publications go to the Publications page.

Tweets ECRR and partners

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River Restoration Events

The International Conference "EUROPE-INBO 2018" for a better implementation of the European Water Directives was 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. EUROPE-INBO Declaration Seville 2018-Final.pdf and ECRR Presentation Nature Based Solutions Fokkens.pdf 


#Protect Waters!

The sources of Europe's waters are protected under EU Law - but many EU governements want to weaken the law. Together, we must stop this from happening. The European Commission now wants you to have your say through its public consultation. This is your chance to tell them to keep our water law strong.The response that will ensure that the law is kept safe is prepared. To send this to the European Commission on your behalf, please click www.livingrivers.eu and fill in your details and then click 'ACT NOW'.


 ECRR GMM2018 

ECRR's General Members Meeting 2018 was held 13/14 November and hosted by Wetlands International - European Association in Ede, the Netherlands. The formal Members Meeting on day one, with first of all a welcome of a new new member, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Waters Management. Then, after the strategy and the position paper, the workplan (progress) was discussed, concerning the enhancing of the RESTORE RiverWiki, ECRR's communication channels and brand identity and lastly the support an ECRR submission to the European Commission's Fitness Check of the Water Framework Directive. 
 A mini-symposium was held on the second day, organised by STOWA, National River Restoration Centre in NL. Participants exchanged practices of Water Framework Directive implementation in different European countries, specifically with respect to an overarching nature based, river restoration approach. They endorsed ECRR's position as a platform for exchanging river restoration information and as a catalyst for river restoration in Greater Europe. For presentations click here .

With visits to the Renkumse Stream and the Waal River, both demonstrating the room for the river approach, combining ecological, social and economical values.

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.