Rivers Network

Sharing Knowledge - Raising Awareness - Bridging River's Advocates

The Eagle River Watershed Council owes its existence to the mining area around and below the present day ghost town of Gilman and because the Eagle River flows down the canyon just feet away from the mine site. Not surprisingly, the Eagle became contaminated with soluble heavy metals and the area was declared a Superfund site in 1985 which led to a massive clean-up effort.

A persistent problem in the Mekong is that misplaced and resettled river communities are unable to continue their original way of living. For example, they may lose access to cultivable land, grazing spaces for livestock, or fishing grounds, which can often mean losing an important source of income. How can new sustainable options be created for these communities?



RiverBasins and Watersheds Management...Similar global concerns but wide range of issues...General concepts but specific approaches...

We need to keep our mind opened and learn from each others...This website includes more than 3000 pages of maps, knowledge items and case studies referring to all around the world. It shows how great is the imagination of communities, stakeholders, authorities, NGOs and private sector to invent new ways for getting river restored, wetlands protected, fair balance in water sharing, transparent sharing of knowledge and raise awareness. But it shows also how different can be the vision of our future and how worrying are the threats.


We modestly hope that this work may contribute to improve or develop new bench-marking concepts. We know that water resources management is vital for the future of our world. We are thus in the same boat whatever is our nationality, our culture, our language, our religion. Likely for the first time in the history of the human kind, we have common and urgent challenges to tackle all together. A special thanks to all "Rivers Advocates" who share their experience on the net, making this project possible.

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Sharing knowledge and lessons learned from the various experiences and case-studies around the world may contribute to develop new ideas and elements of comparative analysis of strengths and weaknesses for the various stakeholders involved in basin management and water governance.The concept of “riversnetwork.org” is to develop and explore Internet tools aiming at networking river basins and watershed stakeholders. Lessons learned, success stories, cases of concern, approaches and methodologies, decision tools and new technologies related to river basins and watersheds management and water governance may then be shared. The core feature of “riversnetwork.org” is to be “river specific”. Topics are presented in terms of “case studies” instead of being treated globally in conceptual papers.


For the time being, “riversnetwork.org” consists of 3 tools:

· The Website www.riversnetwork.org is an open resource for knowledge sharing about the river basins and watersheds of the world. The core of the website is constituted of a world-wide coverage of “river blogs”, in which relevant links, videos, Google Earth scenes, twitters and key documents are embedded. Each blog includes systematically a reference to the geographical context of each river.

· The LinkedIn group “riversnetwork.org” is an interactive platform where lessons learned and experience can be shared. It ensures as well the interactivity with the website and, partially, it supports its feeding when appropriate.

· The Twitter Service: “@riversnetwork” is used as a “short message” service for broadcasting information concerning water- and river- management, mostly focused on information related to specific rivers, either from “riversnetwork.org” or re-tweeted from other Twitter Accounts. 



Eric Tilman

Picture of me 1 (480x480) (200x200)Eric is a Civil Engineer and Hydrologist. He spent a large part of his professional career as Consultant in water infrastructures, environmental impact assessment and water resources management. He got a large field experience working in many river basins and watersheds in the world for a wide range of international institutions. Eric got a lot of lessons on what to do and what not to do to for supporting water security and develop the water resources on a sustainable way. Basic principles of Integrated River Basin Management and Water Governance are valid world wide. But, when confronted to the reality, each river basin, each watershed has specificity in terms of physical context and issues and in terms of political, strategical, legal and institutional frameworks. Trans-boundary basins are even more complex. From this finding, Eric developed the concept of riversnetwork.org and decided to dedicate a great part of his time to this challenge, hoping that sharing knowledge and case-studies could mainstream new ideas to  rivers practitioners, advocates and all stakeholders in general.

Xander de Bruine

Xander_photo1Most of Xander his project experience is in the field of International Water Management initiating new knowledge platforms and networks. He has extensive know-how to develop effective and pragmatic International meetings, publications and virtual communication. All Xander his project experience is characterized by initiatives to bring together international professionals within the fields of science, business and government. Creating partnerships and symbiosis between different partners, whether it be in knowledge or exchange of innovative solutions. The projects have a focus on delta and river region development, integrated water solutions and balanced use of international water resources. In general his goal is to facilitate sustainable development, the responsible use of natural resources, balancing the built and natural environment and using nature’s potential to improve people’s quality of life. He considers  dissemination of knowledge an exciting field and hopes that Rivers Network will promote  international and trans boundary river dialogue.

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Bienvenido a la página oficial de Futaleufú Riverkeeper. Somos una Fundación chilena sin fines de lucro, que cuenta con el apoyo de Waterkeeper Alliance en los Estados Unidos, convirtiéndonos en el primer programa waterkeeper en la Patagonia. Nuestra organización tiene por misión proteger la cuenca del río Futaleufú y sus comunidades de amenazas tales como la contaminación, proyectos hidroeléctricos ...

Inspired by our collaboration with the global Waterkeeper Alliance movement, we are introducing the Buriganga Riverkeeper in Bangladesh to save one of our most critical fresh water resources: the Buriganga River. Led by the country’s first Buriganga Riverkeeper, Sharif Jamil, this ground-breaking initiative aims to organize and engage stakeholders across the social and political ...

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Every year hundreds of millions of litres of sewer water tainted with untreated sewage is dumped directly into the Ottawa River. The City of Ottawa has a plan to stop this appalling situation and Ecology Ottawa is working to make sure there is funding available to implement the plan.

The mission of the Nashua River Watershed Association is to work for a healthy ecosystem with clean water and open spaces for human and wildlife communities, where people work together to sustain mutual economic and environmental well-being in the Nashua River watershed.The Nashua River Watershed Association was founded in 1969 on the belief that every individual has the power to make a difference.

Kentucky River Watershed Watch is part of a statewide organization, Watershed Watch in Kentucky, which is a citizens monitoring effort to improve and protect water quality by raising community awareness and supporting implementation of the goals of the Clean Water Act.The organization hopes to encourage people to venture out into the Kentucky River Basin to see, first-hand, the condition of their local streams and rivers.

Las funciones de la Confederación Hidrográfica del Duero incluyen la elaboración del plan hidrológico de cuenca, así como su seguimiento y revisión; La administración y control del dominio público hidráulico; La administración y control de los aprovechamientos de interés general o que afecten a más de una Comunidad Autónoma; El proyecto, la construcción y explotación de las obras realizadas...

This article looks at the implications of the South-North Water Transfer Project in terms of ensuring a sustainable water supply in the long run and meeting targets for economic growth. The author argues that the project runs the risk of jeopardizing water supply in some areas of China and increasing inequality.

Working to build a network of community-based watershed efforts achieving informed management of the resources in Southeast Alaska. Vision : "We envision a unified Southeast Alaskan voice that promotes the long-term sustainability of our rural communities and wise management of the region’s watersheds. We seek a balance of human and wildlife use within the watersheds ...

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In order to mark both the IWMI East Africa office being open and the closing of the NBDC, artist facilitator Edom Belete invited school children to draw what rivers in Ethiopia meant to them. In the coming weeks we will announce the winners and award all of the participants a certificate to thank them for their beautiful work and effort.

Prediction tools that simulate complex groundwater – surface water interactions are needed to assist in the sustainable allocation of water yet are handled poorly in existing river planning models. Because of this, eWater CRC have been working in partnership with the CSIRO and National Water Commission, to develop a Groundwater – Surface water modelling component for Source.

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This paper reports on on-going research regarding the physical and institutional resilience of the Upper Basin of the Rio Grande river management system, from its headwaters, to Fort Quitman, Texas.

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The Mountain GeoPortal is a web-based virtual platform for geo-information and knowledge resources of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. The GeoPortal aims to facilitate the sharing, integration, and use of geographic information across a broad user-base, consisting of science applications, regional database and standardized metadata, training and educational resources, interactive map services and social networking.

Since 2006, ICIMOD has commissioned various case studies as part of a study on flash flood risk reduction in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. The purpose of these studies was to create a knowledge base on flash flood processes in different parts of the region with diverse climatic and socioeconomic conditions in order to understand existing flash flood risk management mechanisms, including policies and institutional mechanisms,

The Paso del Norte Watershed Council works to address issues related to the establishment and maintenance of a viable watershed, including approximately 430 river miles between Elephant Butte Reservoir in southern New Mexico to the confluence of the Rio Conchos in Presidio County, Texas.

Lake Urmia in the northwestern corner of Iran is one of the largest permanent hypersaline lakes in the world and the largest lake in the Middle East. It extends as much as 140 km from north to south and is as wide as 85 km east to west during high water period. The lake was declared a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention in 1971 and designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1976.

We’re here to engage, inform and help you see a better future for the Colorado River Delta. The Delta was once a lush region covering over 3,000 square miles, teeming with plant, bird and marine life. However, a century of dams and diversions to supply water to farms, cities and industries in both the U.S. and Mexico have reduced the Delta to a remnant of its former self, ...

In 1998, members of the Pajaro Valley community agreed to come together in an attempt to move beyond the conflict and lack of coordination among the various interests in the region. A diverse group of residents, including business, agricultural, environmental, local government, labor, education, health, and others formed Action Pajaro Valley (APV), a non-profit organization, in 1999.

The Observatory is made up of streams around Llyn Brianne, in central Wales, where data on organisms, chemistry and climate have been collected since 1981. The Observatory’s design – with replicate streams in contrasting land use and of different chemical character – make it unique. The record of change is among the World’s oldest of its type.

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What is the Conservation Society of Monavale (COSMO) all about? COSMO (constituted in 2005) grew out of the Monavale Residents' Environmental Action Group (formed in 2001) which was intent upon preventing development and degradation on Monavale Vlei, an important wetland of outstanding natural beauty and enormous biodiversity.

Situé de part et d'autre du 20ème parallèle, le Parc National du Banc d’Arguin (PNBA) longe le littoral mauritanien sur plus de 180 km et couvre une superficie de 12 000 km2 composée à parts presque égales de zones maritimes et terrestres.Cet écosystème côtier exceptionnel est baigné par des remontées d'eaux profondes, froides et riches en éléments nutritifs ("upwelling").

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Situé au coeur de la vallée de la Haine, le complexe marécageux d’Harchies-Hensies-Pommeroeul, mieux connu sous le nom des "Marais d'Harchies", est un site majeur pour l'ornithologie en Région Wallonne. S'il est riche en oiseaux nicheurs, il constitue également un important site de transit lors de la migration des oiseaux, tant pré que postnuptiale et offre les conditions idéales pour l'hivernage de nombreuses espèces.

Willkommen auf den Webseiten zur Umsetzung der europäischen Wasserrahmenrichtlinie im Emsgebiet. Hier arbeiten Deutschland und die Niederlande gemeinsam und partnerschaftlich an dem grenzüberschreitenden Ziel der Wasserrahmenrichtlinie, dem „guten Zustand“ aller Gewässer. Wir wünschen Ihnen einen interessanten Besuch der Webseiten EMS-EEMS.

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La Meuse prend sa source en France et traverse ensuite la Belgique (Région wallonne et Région flamande) et les Pays-Bas, pour se jeter dans la mer du Nord. Sur ce trajet, elle reçoit des affluents venant d'Allemagne et du Luxembourg. La Commission internationale de la Meuse (CIM) a été créée en 2002 par la signature de l'Accord international sur la Meuse (Accord de Gand).

VRA is the major power generation company, solely owned by the Government of Ghana and established in 1961 by an Act of Parliament. It forms the first arm of the electricity generation, transmission and distribution chain in Ghana. VRA combines hydro, thermal and solar plants to generate electricity for supply to the local and export markets.