Brisbane, Australia | 21-24 September 2015


The theme for the 2015 International Riversymposium “Healthy Rivers – Healthy Economies” is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the multitude of businesses and organisations who contribute to and benefit from the wise management of rivers and their catchments. Water has risen high on the business agenda and a decline in freshwater quality and quantity was judged the greatest risk facing the globe at the 2015 World Economic Forum. The contribution that healthy rivers make to our economies and wellbeing is extraordinary, but often taken for granted.

The 2015 Riversymposium will connect businesses who rely on rivers and catchments with community representatives, scientists, policy makers and river professionals to jointly explore the links between river health and economic performance in different contexts globally. The program will include over 20 keynotes and 10 special sessions covering topical issues.

The themes and topics of the 2015 International Riversymposium will encourage knowledge sharing and debate, and seek to find solutions for a better future. It is only by bringing together all sectors of society that we can answer the big questions and all play our part in collaborative solutions.

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