Welcome to the website of the European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR)

The ECRR is a European network consisting of national centres and individual members bound by their mission to encourage and support ecological river restoration throughout greater Europe.

The ECRR connects people and organizations working on river restoration. The network consists of 800 members (organisations and individuals), is represented in 12 European countries by a national centre, and works together closely with a number of key partners.

The ECRR supports development of best practices strategies of river restoration and disseminates information on ecological river restoration.

What is river restoration?

River restoration is action that restores the natural state and functioning of a river system in support of biodiversity, recreation, flood safety and landscape development. Read more...

Step-by-step guidance on how to develop and implement a successful river restoration project in Europe.

River restoration can generate economic benefits from tourism, recreation, flood control and many other services provided by healthy river ecosystems.

Restoration can make significant contributions to flood risk reduction by increasing the natural retention capacity of rivers. Excess water can be absorbed by restoring wetlands and floodplains, former meanders and other natural storage areas.

River restoration contributes to biodiversity by restoring natural habitats that support aquatic animals and plants.

Hydropower production may harm rivers by affecting changes such as natural water flows and disconnecting upstream and downstream areas. Restoration offers opportunities to mitigate these impacts.



The RESTORE project

The ECRR worked together in close collaboration with the RESTORE project, which ran between 2010 and 2013. It launched with six European partners and the objective of making connections between river restoration professionals in Europe and joining existing national efforts on river restoration.

The RESTORE partnership created this website to share knowledge and promoting best practice on river restoration in Europe. The partnership encourage the restoration of European rivers towards a more natural state for increased ecological quality, flood risk reduction, and social and economic benefits. As the project has ended, the ECRR will carry this forward.

Some of the other key outputs of the RESTORE project are the RiverWiki, the Layman's report (that sets a direction for future activities) and the river restoration guide for planners: Rivers by Design.

Publications-Latest uploads

RESTORE final report

The RESTORE project ran between 2010 and 2013. It launched with six European partners working to share and promote information on the best and most effective means of carrying out river restoration in Europe.

The overall mission of RESTORE was to: encourage the restoration of European rivers towards a more natural state. This delivers increased ecological quality, flood risk reduction, and social & economic benefits.


Past ECRR events

Please go to the Past ECRR events page for an overview of all conferences, seminars, field trips, etc. that the ECRR organised.


ECRR Newsletter, May 2014

ECRR Newsletter, May 2014


ECRR Newsletters Back Catalogue

This pages contains all the ECRR newsletters from 1996 - 2014. More recent editions are available below as separate publications.


For more publications go to the Publications page.

Tweets (ECRR and partners)

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TweetId: 492540328143237120 RESTORE rivers RESTORErivers RESTORErivers Fred Pearce in @guardian Writes about the threat to chalk streams, their unique contribution to global ecology http://t.co/cUHl3yEKly 25-07-14 05:22
TweetId: 492529214776565761 RiverFoundation ReviveOurRivers ReviveOurRivers Wow! Just over 7 weeks till @riversymposium! The Thursday field trip is filling up fast so get your rego in as places are limited! 25-07-14 04:38

6th ERRC, Vienna October '14

The ECRR organises the 6th edition of the European River Restoration Conference, integrated with the Final event of the SEE River project. This will be held from 27 - 29 October in TechGate, Vienna. A dedicated website provides more information on: http://errc2014.eu/.

The 2nd European Riverprize will be awarded in Vienna's City Hall on 28 October.

5th ERRC, 2013

Celebrating successes & addressing challenges

The European Centre for River Restoration, alongside the RESTORE partnership, organised the 5th European River Restoration Conference (11-13 September 2013) in Vienna, Austria.

The event showcased inspiring examples of river restoration and shared lessons learned about the successes, challenges and opportunities for river restoration in Europe. The conference brought together over 300 key policy makers and restoration practitioners to discuss opportunities for river restoration to achieve a number of environmental, economic and social objectives.

The conference featured the 1st European Riverprize awarded by the International River Foundation and won by the river Rhine.

See the conference programme and view the presentations, posters and videos on our conference page.

Wetlands International CEO, Jane Madgwick sits down with Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment to discuss the EU's commitment to rivers. This is the first of seven River Talk videos recorded at the European River Restoration Conference.