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

International River Symposium, Vienna

From: 27-11-2022 until 01-12-2022

Resilient Rivers: Communities, Climate and Biodiversity Rivers are the lifeblood of communities, cities and industries around the world but as they are challenged by our twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, lives and livelihoods...


Free Flow webinar

From: 29-11-2022 until 29-11-2022

This webinar will be held as part of this year's International River Symposium in Vienna on Tuesday November 29th 2022, from 13.45 to 17.15 CET. You can check the full programme and register her for the symposium www.riversymposium.com


UN 2023 Water Conference

From: 22-03-2023 until 24-03-2023

The resolution calls for a Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action to be convened in New York from 22 to 24 March 2023. The Conference shall be preceded by...


24th RRC Annual Network Conference

From: 19-04-2023 until 20-04-2023

'An action strategy for river restoration' Amid economic and political uncertainty, the 2023 RRC Conference will focus on the positive steps that can be taken to build capacity across the sector and expand the work being delivered. Whether it is...


Scientific Advances in River Restoration (SARR) Conference

From: 06-09-2023 until 08-09-2023

The SARR will synthesise multi-diciplinary global research advances on river restoration and identify critical knowledge gaps. Scientists worldwide can present their work, discuss ideas, create new collaborations and help advance river restoration...


For more events goto the event section!

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European Centre for River Restoration
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       Oficial Approved 25 November 2020

Latest news

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.  

Existing initiatives for implementing the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the EU Green Deal Read more

Existing initiatives for implementing the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the EU Green Deal

ECRR wants river rstoration practitioners to get acquainted with the new initiatives to support rivers and wetlands in the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the EU Green Deal and to stimulate the use of these new opportunities in the future. The articles in this newsletter actually teach us that the future started already some years ago. Each of the articles describes a start of a new initiative in the past and showing the results today. It appears that these results match very good with the objectives of the Biodiversity Strategy and the Green Deal policy. This means that implementing these strategy and policy is not starting from scratch, but that is a matter of scaling and speeding up these new types of integrated river basin restoration including funding and financing.

Conference report European River Symposium; European Rivers and Wetlands  2021 presented! Read more

Conference report European River Symposium; European Rivers and Wetlands 2021 presented!

The European River Symposium, held virtually on May 26 and 27, successfully concluded with many insightful presentations and discussions on actions to improve the quality of European Rivers and Wetlands.The intent of the Symposium was to help participants get acquainted with the new initiatives to support rivers and wetlands in the Biodiversity Strategy and the Green Deal and to stimulate the use of these opportunities. The conference was organized by a wide range of Partner organizations and brought together  people from Government, NGOs, River Commissions, Business and Scientists to share experience and celebrate positive efforts that have been taken to restore rivers and wetlands. In this report you can read more on key themes and lessons from the Symposium.

A narrative report on the European River Symposium 2021 Read more

A narrative report on the European River Symposium 2021

On the 26th and 27th of May this year the European River Symposium (ERS) 2021 has taken place as an online event and was attended by 256 rivers and wetlands professionals including policy makers, planners, practitioners, researchers, and young professionals, as well as any other interested from 38 countries in Europe and beyond. The ERS 2021 is a continuation of efforts starting in 2013, with the convening of the first European River Symposium, to strengthen efforts to protect, restore and better manage rivers in Europe. Now after four editions, this 2021 event has been a continuation of the effort to celebrate and promote positive actions in support of rivers.


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