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

The Participation of Stakeholders and the Civil Society in the Basins of Rivers, Lakes and Aquafiers.

Nowhere in the world is there a single manager who is solely responsible for the governance of freshwater resources, their related structures and services! If the national administrations and their agencies enable to define the institutional framework, to implement and manage the main structuring infrastructure and then to mobilize part of the funding, the regional and local authorities, like the States of a federation, the Provinces or the municipalities, but also farmers, companies, fishermen and other economic stakeholders play a key role, with the associations and NGOs, for mobilizing the citizens and carrying out many local projects that contribute to the success of the River Basin Management Plans. The implementation of many decisions is only possible when there is a strong commitment and if all public and private, collective or individual stakeholders concerned are mobilized.

Download Participation of stakeholders.pdf


The Handbook on Water Information Systems; Administration, Processing and Exploitation of Water-related Data.

Access to data and information on the status and evolution of the water resource and its uses is a crucial component for any water policy implementation. Unfortunately, the necessary data are often produced and managed by several organizations in different sectors, with little coordination among themselves and in many cases the information available for decision making and public information is not fully adapted to the needs. Today, efforts must be increased to develop the production and the access to water-related data and information in an effective and sustainable way, developing synergies, combining the various resources and data sources, and using procedures and tools adapted to needs.

Download The handbook on water information systems.pdf


One hundred priority questions for landscape restoration in Europe

A new paper published in the journal Biological Conservation identifies 100 questions that, if answered, would make a significant difference to the restoration of Europe’s terrestrial and marine environments. The questions, identified by a group of restoration experts including researchers, practitioners and policy makers, cover all aspects of landscape restoration in Europe, and will help to set priorities and new directions for research and policy.

Download Hundred priority questions for landscape restoration in Europe.pdf


Benefits of European River Restoration Schemes

The analysis has been carried out through a review of existing databases, including the LIFE+ RESTORE wiki, the FP7 REFORM wiki, and some national databases. This report aims to underpin the replication of successful river restoration initiatives across the regions and to give suggestions on how to improve the way that European water policy can be implemented.

Benefits of European River Restoration Schemes.pdf


ECRR Newsletter 3/2017 December

With this issue of the ECRR Newsletter it appears that there is an increasing interest to publish about ecological river restoration. Moreover, there is a certain development in the type of articles about this item. The content of the articles on river restoration shows nowadays more diversity than in the past. This proves to our opinion, that river restoration is becoming more and more a well known and even cross cutting activity, not only related to nature conservation and protection of specific flora and fauna species. Ecological (river) restoration, defined as the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or estroyed, is more and more recognized as an activity being key to delivering essential cosystem services (Aichi Biodiversity Target 14).

Newsletter ECRR December 3/2017.pdf


For more publications go to the Publications page.

Tweets ECRR and partners

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River Restoration Events

           21 APRIL 2018

The World Fish Migration Foundation asks their supporters, like the ECRR, for your help. At this moment 110 events have been registered for the World Fish Migration Day on April 21, 2018. This is a good start, but should be more. For more information visit worldfishmigrationday  The following video can be used https://youtu.be/XHdEkfucwi4




I.S.Rivers is an international conference dedicated to research and practices on natural and human-impacted large rivers, in particular functioning, changes and processes, interface and interactions, management policies, engineering. 230 presentations, a look at 80 rivers from 25 countries, 3 specialised workshops, 4 technical tours, a poster exhibition, and above all, a 2.5-day conference in 4 concurrent break-out rooms.

=>  Preliminary programme

=>  Register online


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.