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

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...


IUCN WPCA Europe - River Restoration Study Trip - 4&5 May 2023 - Donau Auen (Danube Floodplains) - Vienna

From: 04-05-2023 until 05-05-2023

The target group are persons with high professional competence in the field of river restoration. For organisational reasons, the number of participants is limited to 30.


UK DAM REMOVAL CONFERENCE Making progress delivering dam removals in challenging locations

From: 18-05-2023 until 19-05-2023

Through a series of invited speakers and field visits delegates will explore the reasons behind the slow rate of barrier removal, investigating the many challenges that have to be overcome before a structure can be removed. Speakers from across...


SUSHP - Sustainable Hydropower Conference 2023

From: 13-06-2023 until 15-06-2023

The 2nd International Conference on Sustainability in Hydropower 2023 –Ecological mitigation, best practises and governance Trondheim, Norway, registration opens soon!


For more events goto the event section!

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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

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.


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!