Conference / Workshop
European River Symposium
Organizer: IAWD, IRF, ECRR, WWF, ICPDR, ICPR, Ramsar Convention, GWP CEE, Wetlands International, UNECE, TNC

The 2021 European River Symposium is a continuation of an effort 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 will highlight 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 to provide the services and benefits to people.

The 2021 Symposium will involve a mix of presentations which will set the stage for understanding rivers and the current political and legal climate in managing them (especially from the EU) followed by working groups and dialogue between actors interested in and affecting rivers.

Special focus will be on alignment and exploration of interests between water users (water supply, navigation, agriculture, and hydropower) and conservation and planning and management authorities. Case studies and examples will be explored in more detail in these groups.  



The registration for the European River Symposium: European Rivers and Wetlands 2021 is now online! Early bird tickets for either one or two days are available until 22 March!

For further information including agenda, please go to "Register Now".


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Start date 26 May 2021
End date 27 May 2021

Language English
Contributed by Voice of the Danube
Save the Date (English)
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Final Agenda (English)
ERS Report (English)