Canberra, Australia | 15-18 September 2014


The 17th International Riversymposium has an overarching theme of ‘Large River Basins’. There is hardly a better location to hold this conference than in Canberra in the Murray-Darling Basin – where much of Australia’s A$13 billion water reform implementation and large basin planning has occurred since 2007. Sharing the experiences and some world-leading innovations will be a great back-drop to this event.

This integrated conference brings together the disciplines of science, governance, planning, community, education, Indigenous peoples and much more. Riversymposium provides a forum to encourage and foster innovation, collaboration and integration.

The Riversymposium is attracting support from the Global Partnership to Advance Integrated Basin Management who include the International RiverFoundation, The Nature Conservancy, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), International Network of Basin Organisations, the Global Environment Facility, International Union for Nature Conservation, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River and the Great Rivers Partnership. During the conference and some specialist workshops we will together build a statement on integrated river basin management to forge a stronger global agenda for coordinated action.

This year’s Riversymposium will have something for all river professionals. We are lowering the standard registration level substantially to ensure no financial barriers to this exciting event. Above all, the Riversymposium will be an occasion to celebrate – with awards of Riverprizes at the fabulous Gala dinner, a river art festival, and strong social and partner programs.

Register now for pre-conference workshops

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Professional development is a strong theme of the 17th International Riversymposium, with a range of cutting-edge workshops, training and interactive sessions planned the two days immediately preceding the main conference.

The International Riversymposium aims to be a reputable, world-class source for professional development, where river professionals of all ages and sectors can sharpen their skills and push their limits.

These workshops will be held on Saturday 13 September and Sunday 14 September. Workshops will run concurrently and venues will be confirmed at a later date. Professional Development workshops currently available cover topics from human rights to rivers of carbon to flood risk management.

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Apply now for the Emerging River Professional Award!

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The Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA) is an initiative of the International RiverFoundation and has been established to recognise and foster those in the early stages of their careers in rivers.

Sponsored by OceanaGold and administered by the International WaterCentre Alumni Network (IWCAN), the award is open to all river professionals who have been working in their field for ten years or less, and have demonstrated exceptional achievements in rivers, basins or river-dependent communities.

This award is open to professionals of all disciplines – whether scientists, policy makers or on-ground river managers. Finalists will have the opportunity to present their work during the Riversymposium and the winner will be announced at the Riverprize Gala Dinner on 16 September.

Apply online before 31 July.