The 2014 European River Restoration Conference will combine the presentation of river restoration practices and the institutional capacity building aspects of contemporary river corridor management addressed by the SEE River project. There will be particular emphasis on the practical aspects of river restoration practices, effectiveness, capacity, finance, policy and research:

  • Urban river restoration and city development;
  • Land use / agriculture and river restoration;
  • Hydropower; mitigation and compensation of impacts through river restoration;
  • Restoring hydro-morphological processes and sediment continuity;
  • Fish migration and river restoration;
  • Cost effective solutions for river management; undertaking river restoration that delivers ecosystem services benefits.

room interaction 6While the emphasis is on the practical aspects based on real-life cases, the conference will examine the overall approach to integrated river basin management with the cross cutting issues:
• Capacity building for involved actors for integrated river corridor management;
• Building stakeholder dialogue for informed decision-making on river management;
• Establishing the links and cooperation between local, regional, national and international level stakeholders in order to ensure sustainable transboundary integrated management of river corridors;
• Developing and ensuring the bottom up and top down approaches and their combinations.

The conference will also present the practical experiences, challenges and solutions in contemporary river management from 6 rivers, addressed in the SEE River project.

Download the Call for submissions

The submissions to the different themes form the basis of the sessions and session programs.
Participants are invited to submit summaries that link to the delivery and implementation of river restoration. These summaries should contribute to the discussion on the innovation of integrated river (basin) management. The breakout sessions are two and half hours in duration and can be presented in any type of presentation, like oral, film or video and include workshops, panel discussions, etc., as desired.

The submissions should clearly fit within the conference themes and moreover pay attention to the following future river restoration principles:
• Technocratic restoration giving way to democratic solutions; benefit multiple actors with communities as the prime drivers and benefactors; 
• Working at a catchment to basin landscape scale, to integrate and tackle multiple drivers;
• Setting realistic targets with a timeframe reflecting the pace of change in the environment; 
• Implementation with and at the pace of stakeholder interests and capacities to yield sustainable results;
• Monitoring river restoration and quantatively assessing its effects and benefits.


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