Riversymposium is a unique global forum for river managers, policy developers, scientists, consultants, students, NGOs, indigenous and community organisations and business and industry representatives to collaborate to improve the sustainable management of river basins all over the world.
River resilience is the capacity of our rivers and communities to recover from disturbances, like extreme weather events, to a healthy state. The road to resilience is a complex journey with the interdependence of environmental, social and economic outcomes and a new paradigm in managing our rivers is needed.
Integrated river basin management to improve river resilience
Example: Managing large transboundary river basins; managing surface and groundwater interactions, total water cycle management of urban rivers; water-energy-food nexus; equitable water resource management.
Applied science for river resilience
Including: Science for policy making; aquatic biodiversity; river and wetland processes; modelling and adaptive management, fish passage and connectivity; evidence-based solutions for river recovery, WASH and public health; social and economic benefits of resilient aquatic ecosystems; valuing river ecosystem services; monitoring, evaluating and reporting improvements.
Traditional knowledge and cultural heritage supporting ecosystems and communities
Including: Indigenous / first nations water; traditional knowledge; social benefits and livelihoods; preserving cultural heritage.
Environmental flows to enhance river resilience
Including: Freshwater ecosystem conservation and management, e-flows science, monitoring and assessment; cultural flows, e-flows costs and benefits; e-flows implementation and adaptive management; e-flows policy and law; social and cultural benefits; protection and restoration of free-flowing rivers.
Rivers by design – from restoration to resilience
Including: Restoring freshwater ecosystems, river basin planning; basin master plans; water resource planning; water sensitive urban design; rewilding rivers/natural channel design; nature-based solutions for climate change.
Communicating science and resilient communities
Including: Communicating to multiple disciplines; visualising data; story telling; influencing policymakers; river report cards; river art; river celebrations and festivals; educating youth; sharing knowledge; ecotourism.
Governance, Leadership and Financial Mechanisms to support resilience
Including: science to policy; legislation, governance and institutional arrangements underpinning river recovery and resilience; river basin scale decision making; influencing decision-making; public-private partnerships; impact investment, river management/resilience funds, corporate social responsibility.
Water security, climate change and natural disasters – building community resilience
Including: Water source protection; planning for and recovering from extreme events (floods/droughts/natural disasters); community preparedness; community science and participatory planning; capacity-building; ethical principles (gender; diversity and stewardship); building resilient infrastructure, cities and communities
Achieving the sustainable development goals
Including: Clean, accessible water for all; water & rivers – more than SDG6; leadership driving change; achieving gender equality, women and water.
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