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 ECRR: "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. See for this amongst other documentation RESTORE Project Layman's Report

Upcoming events

NEW DATES World Fish Migration Day

From: 24-10-2020 until 24-10-2020

Migratory fish all over the world depend on free flowing rivers. Today, river barriers like dams, sluices and many other obstacles threaten many fish species' survival. Free flowing rivers, that allow fish to travel upriver, increase fish...


NEW DATES 43rd IAD Conference 2020

From: 26-10-2020 until 26-10-2020

Rivers and Floodplains in the Anthropocene - Upcoming Challenges in the Danube River Basin


POSTPONED 2nd European Rivers Summit, Lisbon, Portugal.

From: 19-11-2020 until 21-11-2020

Save the date! GEOTA, Wetlands International – European Association, EuroNatur, RiverWatch, WWF Adria and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation will host the second edition of the European Rivers Summit, from 19th to 21st November 2020 in Lisbon,...


9th World Water Forum, Dakar 2021 Water Security for Peace and Development

From: 22-03-2021 until 27-03-2021

In March 2021, participants from every horizon, including political and economic decision-makers, multilateral institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector will gather in Dakar, Senegal for the 9th World Water Forum". Building upon...


The 18th "Europe-INBO" International Conference, Malta

From: 19-04-2021 until 21-04-2021

In collaboration with the 4th Mediterranean Water Forum


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Latest news

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration Started Read more

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration Started

On Tuesday, 15 September a "Strategy Reveal & Engagement Kickoff" webinar was held and more than 2,500 comments informed the final strategy guiding the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The UN Decade will be officially launched in 2021. But you can already call for action on restoration now by joining the movement.

ECRR statement on the EC Biodiversity Strategy 2030 Read more

ECRR statement on the EC Biodiversity Strategy 2030

The European Commission states that in order to achieve the objectives of the Water Framework Directive, the natural functions of rivers must be restored. The Commission aims to do this by restoring at least 25,000 km of rivers into free-flowing rivers through the removal of primarily obsolete barriers and the restoration of floodplains and wetlands.


For more (past) news goto the news section!