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22nd International Riversymposium

Brisbane, Australia
Organization: International RiverFoundation
Categories: Science
Event Date: 2019-10-20 to 2019-10-24 Abstract Due: 2019-02-15

Thank you for helping co-create the 22nd International Riversymposium to be held in Brisbane 20-24 October 2019!

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.

We invite you to submit an abstract under the theme “Resilient Rivers” in recognition of the urgent need for our rivers and communities to quickly recover from extreme events and return to a healthy state.

2019 Topics
Integrated river basin management?to improve river resilience?
Example: 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. 

Applied science?for?river?resilience?
Including:?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. 

Traditional knowledge?and?cultural heritage?supporting ecosystems and communities?
Including: Indigenous / first nations water; traditional knowledge; social benefits and livelihoods; preserving cultural heritage. 

Environmental flows to enhance river resilience?
Including:?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?
Including: 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. 

Communicating?science and resilient communities?
Including: Communicating to multiple disciplines; visualising data; story telling; influencing policymakers; river report cards; river art; river celebrations and festivals; educating youth; sharing knowledge; ecotourism. 

Governance,?Leadership and Financial Mechanisms to support resilience?
Including:?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?
Including: 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 

Achieving the sustainable development goals?
Including: Clean, accessible water for all; water & rivers – more than SDG6; leadership driving change;?achieving gender equality, women and water. 

Tell us what you want to speak about.



Sylvia Liu