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.

2015 Riverprize now open


International RiverFoundation is now accepting applications for the 2015 Riverprize in three categories – the Thiess International Riverprize, the Australian Riverprize and the inaugural New Zealand Riverprize.

The finalists in these Riverprize categories will have the opportunity to showcase their work in front of an international audience at the 18th international Riversymposium – to be held in Brisbane, Australia, on 21-23 September 2015. As always, the winners will be announced at the fabulous Riverprize Gala Dinner – the highlight of the Riversymposium social calendar.

Applications can be made online and must be submitted by March 2015. For more information, visit the International RiverFoundation website at


The future of IRBM


On 18 September following the 17th International Riversymposium, a group of 23 delegates reflected on the presentations of the Riversymposium and drew out some key trends and ideas that are shaping the future of Integrated River Basin Management  globally.

Topics such as capacity building, co-learning, low-income countries, crisis management, communication and many more were discussed at length by river basin professionals from a range of countries, sectors and disciplines.

The discussion that took place throughout this session was crafted in to a document which also proffers a vision and mission for Integrated River Basin Management moving forward.

The document is now available online and we encourage it to be shared among river basin professionals worldwide.

Click here to access the Professional Day outcomes