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International RiverFoundation

International RiverFoundation and the upcoming International Riversymposium

This article was written by Carla Littlejohn, General Manager, Portfolio & Partnerships at International RiverFoundation

The International River Foundation (IRF) is a Not-For-Profit organisation that champions integrated river basin management for the restoration, protection, sustainable management and resilience of our world’s rivers. For over 20 years, the IRF has been promoting and supporting effective management of these resources by facilitating knowledge sharing, education and best practice river basin management, and by recognizing and rewarding those making a difference. Our programs include the International River
symposium and the prestigious International RiverPrize, which recognizes the outstanding work of our river stewards and communities around the world. We draw upon our large networks, and seek to build new ones, to revive the world’s rivers through multi-sector partnerships and are committed to supporting positive ecological, economic and social outcomes through our programs.

We are currently in the throes of planning the 22nd International River
symposium, which will be held in Brisbane 20-24 October ( This year’s event will attract over 500 delegates from 30 different countries. There will be over 150 presentations and 15 interactive workshop sessions over 3 days, promising a diverse range of sessions that will bring together river managers, policy developers, scientists, consultants, students, community and not-for-profit organisations, businesses and industry representatives from around the world to build relationships, share ideas and inspire others. This years’ theme of ‘Resilient Rivers’ recognises the urgent need to build the capacity of our rivers and communities to recover from disturbance, such as extreme weather events, and return to a healthy state. The road to resilience can be a complex journey with the interdependence of environmental, social and economic outcomes.

Don't miss out on attending the 22nd International River
symposium! Join over 500 delegates from 29 countries for an exciting program that will change the way you think about resilient river systems. Full registration pricing and the Group Discount deal ends on 30 September. Register now at