Abstracts for the 21st International Riversymposium have now closed.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit their work. We will be in touch during the first week of May.
The theme of the 21st International Riversymposium is Embracing Innovation.
We are excited to announce a revitalised program with a greater emphasis on learning and development. Through training opportunities and capacity-building sessions from recognised leaders, our delegates will have a more interactive experience and accumulate new knowledge and skills that benefit our rivers and basins.
Our new-look Riversymposium will allow you to Listen – Share – Learn – Transform – Inspire:
Listen to river managers, urban planners, community and decision makers on how they embrace innovation
Share the latest technologies in tracking the health of our rivers (e.g. drones, satellites, sensors)
Learn how Riverprize Alumni implement and achieve best practice. You’ll benefit from hearing the 2018 winner and finalists and learn from the 2017 winner about “river city economies”; ask how they did it!
Learn how new technologies are being used to drive policy and increase river resilience
Learn about innovations being used to achieve SDG 6
Transform knowledge to solutions and strategies that will work and can be applied to your river or waterway
Transform networks to effective partnerships
Inspire each other with our stories of success, challenges and celebration.
Integrated river basin management (e.g. managing large river basins; rivers, wetlands and groundwater; restoring freshwater ecosystems; urban rivers; rivers and industry; water-energy-food nexus; water for all; equitable water resource management; adaptive management)
River science (e.g science to policy; water quality; aquatic biodiversity; river and wetland processes; fish passage and connectivity; WASH and public health; mental health benefits of healthy aquatic ecosystems; valuing river ecosystem services; monitoring and demonstrating achievements)
Environmental and cultural flows (e.g. e-flows science, monitoring and assessment; 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)
Communicating science (e.g. communicating to multiple disciplines; visualising data; story telling; influencing policymakers; river report cards; river art; river celebrations and festivals; educating youth; sharing knowledge)
Rivers by design (e.g. river basin planning; master plans; creating a vision; water wise cities; cultural heritage; water resource planning; water sensitive urban design; rewilding rivers/natural channel design)
Engagement, inclusiveness and ethics (e.g. community science; participatory planning; crowdfunding; driving change & capacity-building; ethical principles; gender; diversity; stewardship; ecotourism)
Governance, international relations and leadership (e.g. river basin scale decision making; influencing decision-making; governance models; public-private partnerships; transboundary rivers; managing conflicting interests)
Technology innovation in restoration and monitoring (e.g. new & emerging river tech; GIS & mapping tools; real-time data; drones/unmanned aerial vehicles; from ideas to implementation)
Water security, climate change and natural disasters (e.g. water source protection; planning for and recovering from extremes; floods; droughts; building resilient infrastructure, cities and communities)
Achieving sustainable development goal 6 (e.g. clean, accessible water for all; water & rivers – more than SDG6; leadership driving change; are we achieving SDG6?)
Traditional knowledge and cultural heritage (e.g. Indigenous / first nations water; traditional knowledge; social benefits and livelihoods; preserving cultural heritage)
Other (tell us what you want to speak about!)
Before you submit, here are a few guidelines to consider:
What are we looking for?
Reviewers will consider the following areas when selecting abstracts:
Integrated river basin management
Environmental and cultural flows
Rivers by design
Engagement, inclusiveness and ethics
Governance, international relations and leadership
Water security, climate change and natural disasters
Achieving sustainable development goal 6
Traditional knowledge and cultural heritage
Download RiverApp now to start planning ahead! Access the latest schedule, read abstracts, take notes, vote for your favourite speakers, bookmark speakers and sessions to create your own customised schedule, set up your own profile and chat with fellow delegates to arrange meetings throughout your time in New Delhi.