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.

2014 Riverprize Finalists Announced!

Margaret River Mouth

Riverprize is the world’s most prestigious environmental award, giving recognition, reward and support to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management.

This year, the 2014 Thiess International Riverprize winner and the 2014 Australian Riverprize Winner will be announced at theRiverprize Gala Dinner, held on Tuesday 16 September in Canberra during the International Riversymposium.

Riverprize finalists will present their work in the conference program in the days leading up to the Gala Dinner, and the winner of each category will give an extended presentation in the plenary session on Wednesday 17 September.

To see the finalists for the 2014 riverprize awards click here 

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.

Click here for more information