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


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...


7th European Congress of Conservation Biology “Biodiversity positive by 2030”

From: 17-06-2024 until 19-06-2024

This congress provides a platform for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and collaborate toward achieving a sustainable future. By working together and taking action, we can make significant progress in...


Nature-Based Solutions for Water Security and Climate Adaptation Conference, Belgrade, Serbia

From: 03-07-2024 until 05-07-2024

There is growing evidence that traditional interventions for the reduction of hydro-meteorological risks (e.g., floods, droughts, heatwaves, storms, coastal storm surges, tropical cyclones, landslides, wildfires) have focused on grey infrastructure...


River Flow 2024 The 12th International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics

From: 02-09-2024 until 06-09-2024

River Flow 2024 will give you with the unique opportunity to present and interact with the latest experimental, theoretical and computational findings on fundamental river flow and transport processes, river morphology and morphodynamics.


INBO World General Assembly, Bordeaux, France

From: 07-10-2024 until 10-10-2024

Themes: Fighting water scarcity: planning quantitative water resources management at basin level Reversing the trend towards water resources degradation: IWRM at basin level to improve water quality Meeting the challenge of climate change...


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.




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.


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