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.

Upcoming events

6th IWA International Symposium, Istanbul Turkey.

From: 28-04-2020 until 30-04-2020

The Symposium is dedicated to subjects relevant to the water traditions, culture and religions. This unique event aims to promote interactions, to motivate discussions and to encourage collaborations among the global community on water resources in...


Dam Removal Europe goes Alps, Utting, Bavaria, Germany.

From: 14-05-2020 until 16-05-2020

Within the next days, we will evaluate new possible dates for the event and will certainly inform you instantly when a decision is made. The registration costs that you paid for your attendance will be automatically reimbursed to you. Only if you...


POSTPONED! 28th International Symposium "Deltas and Wetlands" & Jubilee Symposium 50 year Danube Delta National Institute, Tulcea, Romania.

From: 19-05-2020 until 24-05-2020

Due to current situation concerning the pandemic COVID 19 virus, we are postponing this jubilee event. During this troubling times we are protecting ourselfes, the loved ones and the citizens by limiting close contact but nevertheless continue our...


12th Eastern European Young Water Professionals Conference, Riga Latvia

From: 20-05-2020 until 23-05-2020

Dear colleagues - young professionals of the water sector, In May 2020 we organise our 12th Eastern European IWA YWP Conference for Young Water Professionals, this conference will take place in the pearl of the Baltic sea - Riga! For this...


16th International Symposium Aquatic Plants, Aarhus, Denmark

From: 15-06-2020 until 19-06-2020

The International Aquatic Plants Group is comprised of researchers, scientists and practitioners who are based at universities and research organisations throughout the world. The IAPG is an interest group whose members specialise in all aspects of...


For more events goto the event section!

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