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Want to know more about river restoration around Europe?


The RRC is a not-for-profit independent organisation based in Bedfordshire that promotes best practice river restoration and management. It is the UK information centre holding an inventory of over 2,000 schemes and it offers detailed advice and site visits to evaluate river restoration potential. An annual network conference attracts a wide range of people engaged in river restoration and river management from policy and planning to engagement and delivery, and those working to assess benefits for ecology and ecosystem services. In 2013, this will be held at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire from 30th April to 1st May, and the deadline for abstracts is Monday 15th October 2012 (see flier on page 40 for details).

The RRC Manual of River Restoration Techniques details approaches that you may wish to consider in a restoration project design, while the Centre arranges technical, themed and bespoke workshops. Links and publications can also be found online. In addition to a newsletter for members which is published twice a year, a monthly bulletin is distributed freely with news on latest developments in the restoration field and upcoming events.

The RRC is the lead organisation for the Western Europe region of RESTORE covering the UK, Republic of Ireland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and Austria.For more information and to be added to the circulation list, go online ( or email the RRC (

Nick Elbourne: Who are RESTORE

RESTORE is a partnership for river restoration in Europe, a project funded by the European Commission’s LIFE Programme which supports environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU. Our partners include the River Restoration Centre, Wetlands International, Government Service for Land and Water Management (Netherlands), Finnish Environment Institute and Italian Centre for River Restoration. We hold between us a large bank of information on river restoration projects which you can find on the River Wiki. Alongside case studies, there is also best-practice guidance and project news from around Europe.

We are also developing our website ( to support a central repository of information on river restoration in Europe. The website is under development so please provide us feedback on information or comments on how we can improve the site. You can add your own schemes to the database and if you can recommend any useful research or guidance please email us.

River Wiki

The RESTORE partnership is delighted to announce the launch of our River Wiki .

The River Wiki is something like a Wikipedia for river restoration projects. By sharing and being able to comment on information about the experiences of river restoration in Europe, ideas for best practice will quickly emerge. You can search the database to find for example: all the case studies around France; case studies that have had monitoring on them or how much it costs to carry out river restoration.

This interactive Wiki system enables the collation and sharing of information on river restoration projects where ever you are. Just log in and add your project whether it is planned, in progress or completed.

For further information contact Toni Scarr, RESTORE project manager 01276454420.


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