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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

Events

Free Flow Conference 2024

From: 15-04-2024 until 17-04-2024

Free Flow 2024 is an international conference on protecting and restoring free-flowing rivers that is gathering policy makers, river managers, ecologists, researchers, students and industry. Rivers are under threat and freshwater biodiversity in...

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25th RRC Annual Network Conference Venue Cymru, Llandudno, North Wales

From: 24-04-2024 until 25-04-2024

Each year the River Restoration Centre (RRC) holds an Annual Network Conference that brings together professionals from all areas of river restoration including contractors, engineers, consultants, academics, trusts, local organisations, and...

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ICFGRR 2024: 18. International Conference on Fluvial Geomorphology and River Restoration, Venice Italy

From: 12-05-2024 until 13-05-2024

International Conference on Fluvial Geomorphology and River Restoration aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Fluvial...

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10th World Water Forum

From: 18-05-2024 until 24-05-2024

The World Water Forum is the most anticipated event which aims to provide platform for all stakeholders to discuss and catalyse concrete ideas for improved water resources management and development; Challenge conventional thinking; and mobilize...

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RIVER BASINS International Conference 2024 Budapest

From: 04-06-2024 until 05-06-2024

RIVER BASINS is a conference which provides a platform for the exchange of recent progresses and research in the field of river basin management. This includes thequantification of water and mass fluxes, the investigation of processes in river...

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For more events goto the event section!

ECRR Members and Partners

Your organisation wants a ECRR membership?

Non commercial organisations working on the development of best practice for river restoration, knowledge sharing and (international) cooperation can become a member of the ECRR Association

For more information on a ECRR membership we invite you to goto ECRR Membership and/or to contact us by Secretariat@ECRR.org.

Open Rivers Programme

ECRR supports the Open Rivers Programme that offers grants to projects that lead to the removal of small dams and the restoration of river flow and biodiversity.

 

ECRR Supporting Partner

European Centre for River Restoration
supports the United Nations Decade
on Ecosystems Restoration 2021-2030
       Oficial Approved 25 November 2020

Latest news

ECRR Technical News December 2023 Read more

ECRR Technical News December 2023

River restoration is a broad concept. In addition, it is an activity that is applied within the broad context of Integrated River (Basin) Management. As a result, river restoration touches on many different aspects. This is reflected in the variety of articles in this ECRR Technical Newsletter issue.

 

IUCN WPCA Europe - River Restoration Study Trip Read more

IUCN WPCA Europe - River Restoration Study Trip

The aim of the two-day expert meeting is to exchange technical information on river engineering measures such as the restoration of side channels, the rehabilitation of banks and other ecological improvements in regulated river systems. There will also be time and space to discuss relevant issues in the field, such as the controversy surrounding habitat conservation and the promotion of dynamics in riparian systems.

 

VOICES FOR RIVERS Read more

VOICES FOR RIVERS

At the 25th International Riversymposium in Vienna in November 2022 the overall message of the Symposium was that an even stronger commitment to restoration and protections of rivers needs to be given.

In March of 2023, for the first time in 50 Years, the world will have a UN Event that focuses on water. This event provides an important opportunity to expand the level of effort directed to improving the condition of the world’s rivers.

 

ECRRNetwork eNews #27 | 01.11.2022 Read more

ECRRNetwork eNews #27 | 01.11.2022

ECRR eNews #27 | 01.11.2022

In this edition of the ECRR eNewsletter a large number of varied topics are covered, in both the sections news, publications or events. But one part stands out and that is the 25th International River Symposium that this time, outside Australia, will be held in Vienna, Austria in November.

 

Work in progress: River habitat connectivity restoration! Read more

Work in progress: River habitat connectivity restoration!

ECRRNetwork eNews # 26 | 24.08.2022

The content of this newsletter is just a small reflection of all of the dynamic activity around the free-flowing rivers. At the same time, being aware of all that is happening makes it even more interesting to have look at all of the different activities and to realise how broad the topic of free-flowing rivers is in practice. And not only that, but what it takes to support the achievement of 25,000 km of free-flowing rivers by 2030 as well as many other targets directly or indirectly related to freshwater ecosystems restoration.  

For more (past) news goto the news section!

ECRR Supporting Partner

European Centre for River Restoration
supports the United Nations Decade
on Ecosystems Restoration 2021-2030
       Oficial Approved 25 November 2020