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

2018 organising committee


Eva Abal

CEO, International RiverFoundation

Angela Arthington

Emeritus Professor, Australian Rivers Institute
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Natalie Baker (Chair)

Riversymposium Program Manager / Senior Program Officer, Brisbane City Council
Sarah Holland Clift_PRCG

Sarah Holland Clift

Parramatta River Catchment Group Coordinator
Andrew Dansie edited

Andrew Dansie

Program Manager, UNSW Global Water Institute
Carla Littlejohn

Carla Littlejohn

Riversymposium and Twinning Officer, International RiverFoundation

Vanh Mixap

Program Coordinator (Design and Engagement), Clearwater

Brian McIntosh

Senior Lecturer & Education Program Manager, International WaterCentre

Russell Rollason

Water Resource Management, Governance, Fragility and Water Branch, Development Policy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Strategic planning committee


Dr Eva Abal (Chair)

CEO, International RiverFoundation
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Dr Natalie Baker

Riversymposium Program Manager / Senior Program Officer, Brisbane City Council

Dr Selina Ward

IRF Director

Prof Bill Dennison

IRF Director

Dr Marian Neal

Partnerships and Knowledge Manager, Australian Water Partnership

John McCarthy

IRF Board Member
Tom Panella

Thomas Panella

Chief of Water Sector Group, Asian Development Bank

Contact Us

For queries regarding registration and payment please contact irs19@arinex.com.au. To request an invitation letter and other enquiries please email irs@riverfoundation.org.au


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