European River Symposium 2021

European River Symposium 2021

  • Online Event
  • rivers

The 2021 European River Symposium is a continuation of an adventure begun in 2013, with the convening of the first European River Symposium, to strengthen efforts to protect, restore and better manage rivers in Europe. The Symposium aims to present information about the state of rivers, highlight important problems, and provide examples and initiatives that improve the protection and restoration of rivers. Above all the Symposium focuses on building connections between institutions, organisations and companies with an interest in rivers and whose activities affect the health and quality of river water and ecosystems.

The Symposium highlights the changes to rivers and specific actions that have been brought about by the European Legislation (the Water Framework Directive) and most importantly the possibilities and opportunities presented by the European Green Deal and European Biodiversity Strategy. These new initiatives provide a significant basis for strengthening the efforts and actions to protect and restore rivers and their associated ecosystems and to ensure that rivers can continue providing services and benefits to people.

The Symposium will focus on:

  1. Providing dynamic panels and discussions that ensure dialogue and interaction among participants.
  2. Ensuring active involvement of sectors which have a big impact on rivers (i.e. agriculture, producing industry, water utilities, energy, navigation, tourism).
  3. Providing an integrated perspective on ecological river restoration to implement the Water Framework Directive and its related Directives.


Organisation Committee:
Philip Weller, Programme Leader IAWD.
Bart Fokkens, Associate Expert ECRR

Programme Committee:
Bart Fokkens, Associate Expert ECRR
Laurice Ereifej, CEO WWF CEE
Eric Tardieu, Secretary General / Edouard Boinet INBO
Konstantin Ivanov, Director / Jergus Semko GWP CEE
Nadya Dedikova, Programme Manager ERS2021, WWF CEE


You can purchase single day or two-days registration fees set by the Organisation Committee and choose which parallel sessions you would like to attend here:…
Additional information regarding the conference will be provided on a later stage to registered participants.

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