2019 Riversymposium

22nd International Riversymposium | 20-24 October 2019

Why attend the 22nd International Riversymposium? 

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. 

  • Hear how global leaders transforming their rivers into resilient rivers. 
  • Learn how the Riverprize Alumni implement and achieve best practice. You’ll hear from the 2019 International Riverprize finalists and winner – ask how they did it! 
  • Discover how river leaders are driving new policy and programs to build river resilience 
  • Transform your knowledge to solutions and strategies that will work and can be applied to your river or waterways
  • This event is a unique opportunity to enhance network with river professionals, leaders and industry partners 
  • Inspire each other with our stories of success, challenges and celebration. 
  • Participate in interactive Learn-Inspire-Transform breakout sessions that are focused on sharing solutions. 
  • Attending Riversymposium as a group facilitates team building, capacity and inspiration in teams. 
  • Optional study tours 

Reinventing River Management 

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. 

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2019 Topics

Integrated river basin management to improve river resilience 

  • 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

Traditional knowledge and cultural heritage supporting ecosystems and communities 

  • Indigenous / first nations water
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Social benefits and livelihoods
  • Preserving cultural heritage


Applied science for river resilience 

  • 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


Environmental flows to enhance river resilience 

  • 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 

  • 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


Achieving the sustainable development goals 

  • Clean, accessible water for all
  • Water & rivers – more than SDG6
  • Leadership driving change
  • Achieving gender equality, women and water

Governance, Leadership and Financial Mechanisms to support resilience 

  • 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 

  • 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 


Communicating science and resilient communities 

  • Communicating to multiple disciplines
  • Visualising data
  • Story telling
  • Influencing policymakers
  • River report cards
  • River art
  • River celebrations and festivals
  • Educating youth
  • Sharing knowledge
  • Ecotourism

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