ECRR study tour set for September 2002


  ECRR Study tour 2002 River Restoration
- different scales and aspects

Announcement & Registration  

The Netherlands 9 – 13 September 2002

1st ECRR study tour

The main goal of the study tour is to contribute to the further development of a Pan European network on river restoration, which is to carry out its activities under the umbrella of the European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR). Next to the ECRR international conferences, organised once per four years and bringing together representatives from all European regions, ECRR starts to organise yearly study tours. These are regarded as relatively low key activity with interactive exchange of experiences within a smaller group.

The study tour is open for all those involved in the fields of management, research and communication of river restoration in Europe. We will start this year with the organisation of the first ECRR study tour in the Netherlands, but in the next years other countries in Europe should take their chance of organising a ECRR study tour and of course the ECRR secretariat will support the activity as much as possible.

During the study tour, diverse issues as to the restoration of the rivers in the Netherlands from small-scale brooks to large-scale rivers and the estuarium will be identified. Besides in depth discussions regarding specific projects and items, the driving forces behind the river action programmes in The Netherlands will be discussed. What is the reason for "the dutch approach" and could it also apply to other countries?

Our aim is, above all, to organise an inspiring, motivating and innovative study tour on some hot topics of the restoration of our rivers!  


The programme aims to achieve an interactive combination of presentations, fieldvisits and discussions. Preliminary Programme



Accompanied by


9 Sept.

Arrival of participant




10 Sept.

Small-scale river in an agricultural area

The Dinkel river in the Eastern part of the Netherlands is a transboundary river to Germany. Problems with floods occur in this mainly agricultural used area. How the river problems were solved and how to deal with this kind of transboundary projects are the main subjects of today.

In the afternoon a field visit to the Dinkel is planned.

Waterboard Regge & Dinkel


11 Sept.

Multifunctional large river in an urban area

The river Rhine and its complex functions as safety, shipping, nature, recreation, weirs and towns will be dealt with. The Rhine combines many functions and sometimes these functions can be integrated very well and sometimes problems are difficult to solve. A few examples (conflicts) will be discussed concerning cities-riverfunctions-nature.

Also the general concept and driving forces behind the dutch approach will be elucidated and discussed. The field visit will start at the weir island near Driel, afterwards we will visit a lowered floodplain and finally a city park.

Representative of town or municipality and Ministry of Water Management and Public Works


12 Sept.

Restoration of estuarias

The delta area with the Biesbosch and the Haringvliet are issues of this day. In the Biesbosch, polders are reconnected to the river system. In the Haringvliet, a plan is developed to restore the values of the river island Tiengemeten. The restoration of the freshwater-saline water gradient is a hot topic in the area where agricultural land use, industries, large towns with subsequent infrastructure, supply of fresh water for drinking water and ecological restoration ought to be combined!

A field visit will start near the city of Sliedrecht. By boat, we will go to the Haringvliet for visiting Tiengemeten


Staatsbosbeheer & Natuurmonumenten


13 Sept.

Departure of participants



After the opening of the 1st ECRR study tour on the 10th of September, we will start the programme with an example of a small-scale river. The programme will start every day with an introduction to that specific area, the problems that occur there and how those problems have been tackled by the (water) managers of the region.

In the afternoon a field visit to some sites is planned. At the end of the field visit, a discussion and résumé will be held.

Within the 3-days programme we will show you a cross section from the East to the West in the Netherlands. It will be not only an overview about different sizes of rivers and river restoration measures but also the whole spectrum of differences in land use will be shown including the specific issues of river restoration in urban areas. How to bridge the gap from (inter)national concepts regarding sustainable river management to site specific issues and whether the chosen approach is applicable for other countries, will be a recurrent issue during the entire study tour.

During our programme we will have enough time for discussions and talks in smaller groups and of course bilaterally.  


The fee for this study tour is € 600. The fee covers the costs for participation, information materials, excursions, lunches and also the welcome- and farewell dinner. The costs for accommodation and other meals are not included in this fee. Besides that private expenses at your hotel are not included, neither is international travel and any other additional private expenses.    

Please note that your fee payment must be made to RIZA P.O. Box 17 8200 AA Lelystad The Netherlands Rabobank 192324020, swift code: NL 24 Rabobank Utrecht, reference code ECRR Study tour 2002 and must be received before 15th of August 2002. Only then you can count on a reservation. Please, remember that international money transfers can take a while.

The organisers of the study tour do not accept responsibility for any risks such as accidents, illness, loss of life, loss of property, theft, etc. Participants are therefore advised to take sufficient insurance measures.


From Monday till Thursday (9-12 Sept.),the study tour will be hosted at the conference centre Jonkerbosch in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Jonkerbosch conference centre is located in the middle of the famous Goffert Park in the city of Nijmegen, in the central East part of the Netherlands. Jonkerbosch is easy to reach by car and public transportation. Jonkerbosch is surrounded by woods and park area. The surroundings of Nijmegen are quit unique: the Ooijpolder, the Mokerheide (heath), and the special charm of the river Rhine, the main traffic artery in Europe.

The price for a single room, including breakfast, is € 46,00 per person per night. The price for a double room, including breakfast, is € 36,00 per person per night. Thursday night we will stay in an accommodation near the delta area in The Netherlands. Details regarding the accommodation including prices will be provided in short term in a following announcement. Please cross out on the attached application form if you would like us to make hotel reservations for you.   The study tour is organised by the European Centre for River Restoration in co-operation with the Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment, RIZA, the Netherlands.  


Programme: Ute Menke, RIZA, P.O. Box 17, 8200 AA Lelystad, The Netherlands, tel. +31 320 298364, fax. +31 320 298381, E-mail:

Marita Cals, Cals Consultancy, Biezenkuilen 76, 5502 PE Veldhoven, The Netherlands, tel. +31 40 2800236, fax. +31 40 2800237, E-mail : m.cals@het 

Organisation: Saskia Vos, RIZA-WATC, P.O. Box 17, 8200 AA Lelystad, The Netherlands, tel. +31 320 298346, fax. +31 320 298339, E-mail: 

Address: RIZA-WATC Attn. Secretariat ECCR Study tour 2002, P.O. Box 17, Lelystad, The Netherlands, tel: +31 (0)320 298346, fax: +31 (0)320 298339, E-mail:

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