About the International RiverFoundation

The International RiverFoundation drives the restoration, protection and sustainable management of the world’s rivers.

Water is crucial for all life—and we need healthy rivers, lakes and wetlands for sustainable development. We promote and support effective management of these resources by facilitating knowledge sharing, education and best practice river basin management, and by recognising and rewarding those making a difference.

We champion an integrated approach to river basin management, and work to revive the world’s rivers through multi-sector partnerships around the world. We are committed to achieving positive ecological, economic and social outcomes through our programs, which have a life-changing impact on individuals and communities around the world.

About the International Riversymposium

Hosted by the International RiverFoundation, the International Riversymposium was first held in Brisbane in 1998 and provides a platform for river managers, policy developers, scientists, consultants, NGOs and community organisations to share knowledge and innovative ideas on all aspects of river and water management.

By facilitating partnerships between key stakeholders, the International Riversymposium celebrates the environmental, economic and social value of rivers across the globe. The symposium provides an international forum for examining best practice in river and watershed management.

Over the years, the International Riversymposium has hosted thousands of delegates from all over the world. Whether through the RiverExpo, plenary sessions, or the Riverprize Gala Dinner and social program, Riversymposium provides the opportunity to network with river and water management experts on a global scale.

Past proceedings

2017 planning committee


Ian Atkinson (Chair)

CEO, International RiverFoundation

Angela Arthington

Emeritus Professor, Australian Rivers Institute
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Natalie Baker

Riversymposium Program Manager / Senior Program Officer, Brisbane City Council
Anik Bhaduri International River Symposium

Anik Bhaduri

Executive Director, Sustainable Water Future Programme

Stuart Bunn

Director, Australian Rivers Institute Griffith University

Colin Chartres

Principal Fellow, eWater/Australian Water Partnership

Trish Dalby

Marketing & Communication Manager, International RiverFoundation
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Nicky Grigg

Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO

Brian McIntosh

Senior Lecturer & Education Program Manager, International WaterCentre
Mel Ryan

Melanie Ryan

Luc Hoffmann Institute; IRF Ambassador
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Dave Tickner

Chief Freshwater Advisor, WWF-UK

Selina Ward

Board Director, International RiverFoundation

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