About ECRR

The EU has acknowledged restoration of rivers and their floodplains as necessary during the last decades, and has thus already funded a number of isolated river restoration projects. However, to benefit most in the future from this knowledge and experience on river restoration there was a need for national organisations as well as an international network to collect and disseminate such information.

For this purpose the European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR) was established in 1995. In 1999 the official constitutional meeting of the ECRR was held in Silkeborg, Denmark, within a LIFE Environment project, that ensured funding during the 1999-2002 period. At the meeting, with 55 participants representing 22 European countries, a management board was set up and the first steps towards a European network on river restoration was taken.

For the first three years the secretariat was held by the National Environmental Research Institute (NERI, Denmark); then, for the following four years, by the Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment (RWS-RIZA, The Netherlands); from mid 2006 until the end of 2009 the Italian Centre for River Restoration (CIRF, Italy) hosted the secretariat.

As of the 1st of January 2010 untill 31 December 2014 the secretariat was hosted by DLG Governement Service for Land and Water Mnagement in the Netherlands and from then on the secretariat is supported by the ECRR Association.

 

Our Board

The objectives of the ECRR are achieved through the development of an European Network of relevant national institutions that act as a reference on river restoration for each country. These can be established either in the form of national centres for river restoration (NGOs or associations), or of national networks, where usually a public body coordinates the activities of different organizations. Most of these organizations are represented in the management board of the ECRR, presently including the following members:

Bart Fokkens, Chairman
Associate expert at Wetlands International - WI
THE NETHERLANDS

Bart Fokkens
Jukka Jormola
Environment Institute - SYKE
FINLAND
Jukka Jormola
Timur Pavluk
Institute for Integrated Water Management and Protection - RosNIIVH
RUSSIA
Timur Pavluk
Andrea Goltara
Centro Italiano per la Riqualificazione Fluviale - CIRF
ITALY
Andrea Goltara
Chris Baker
Wetlands International - WI
THE NETHERLANDS
Chris Baker
Gilles Neveu
International Network for Basin Organisations -  INBO
FRANCE
Gilles Neveu
Martin Janes
The River Restoration Centre -RRC
UNITED KINGDOM
Martin Janes
Askoa Ibisate
Centro Iberico de Restauracion Fluvial - CIREF
SPAIN & PORTUGAL
Askoa Ibisate

 

With a turnover of approximately 3 years, one of the member organisations takes the role of ECRR Secreteriat, taking care of operational activities and acting as the international contact centre.

The ECRR board meets at least twice a year. Meetings are held in different countries usually coupled with thematic national or international meetings and workshops. In between there are several virtual meetings, made through videoconference and/or email. Choices are taken by consensus.

All management board members have the task of proposing and evaluating new activities that might be developed by the network as well as considering and discussing the needs and the initiatives suggested during the ECRR conferences and seminars and/or by the ECRR contacts. They also submit to the management board inputs and ideas coming from the national centres, acting, in this way, as a reference on river restoration for each country. The management board can invite relevant international organisations and professionals to participate as invited advisors at management board meetings.

The ECRR network includes presently almost 800, both organizations and individuals from all over the world, which could be involved involved in information exchange and discussions on activities promoted by the ECRR and at least receiving the regular ECRR newsletter. Joining the ECRR is free: register here for the ECRR newsletter.