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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

Upcoming events

Stockholm world water week (online)

From: 23-08-2021 until 27-08-2021

Exchange of views, experiences and practises The Stockholm World Water Week has been the focal point for global water issues since 1991. The yearly event is building on SIWI’s mission to leverage knowledge and their convening power to strengthen...

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The River Restoration Centre (RRC) annual conference, Harrogate England.

From: 09-09-2021 until 10-09-2021

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, and representatives from trusts, local...

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Amsterdam International Water Week 2021

From: 02-11-2021 until 05-11-2021

t might seem as we’ve got a long way to go, until Amsterdam International Water Week 2021, but time flies and a thorough prep is key. Pepijn van Loon, Assistant Program Manager AIWW 2021, gives an update of what keeps the AIWW 2021 team busy: “We...

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EUROPE-INBO 2021

From: 08-12-2021 until 10-12-2021

Organizations, administrations and other stakeholders interested in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at basin level are invited to participate in the event and share their experiences throughout the sessions of Europe-INBO (where...

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9th World Water Forum, Dakar 2022 Water Security for Peace and Development

From: 21-03-2022 until 26-03-2022

In March 2022, 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...

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For more events goto the event section!

Tweets ECRR and partners

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

A pan-European survey on river continuity restoration. Read more

A pan-European survey on river continuity restoration.

Today in a special session at the, virtually held, European River Symposium 2021, an ECRR report was launched.

A pan European survey to strengthen and improve policies and strategic planning regarding river continuity restoration.

Sharelle Verheij, the implementer of the survey and the main author of the report presented the results of the survey to a professional river restoration audience of policy makers, planners, researchers, and river restoration practitioners at the European River Symposium 2021.

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.

For more (past) news goto the news section!