Lisbon was at the center of the second edition of the biggest European Rivers Summit, which took place between the 18th and 20th of November 2021, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and also with an Online format by live streaming on a dedicated platform.

More than 300 activists and experts from across all Europe attended the Summit in person, and by the online platform, to share knowledge, network and plan together to defend and protect Rivers, one of the most endangered ecosystems in the World.

Climate Change, Impact on Freshwater, Perverse Public Subsidies on Electric Production, River Protection and Restoration Measures, Dams Removal and Environmental Justice were some of the topics addressed.

The European Rivers Summit 2021 was organized by GEOTA, in partnership with Euronatur, RiverWatch, Wetlands International Europe WWF Adria, with the support of the Living Rivers Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Ministry of Environment and Climate Action, Fundo Ambiental and ENEA2020.

We want to thank you all for your presence at the European Rivers Summit 2021 in Lisbon, and Online, which certainly contributed to its success. This initiative created an outstanding opportunity for dialogue and interaction with other river lovers.

Find all the European Rivers Summit Presentations

» Lígia Vaz de Figueiredo (GEOTA)
One can make a difference
» Ana Colovic Lesoska (Eko-svest and WWF Adria)
The Pain of Damming Rivers in Africa, a case of Uganda
» Robert Kugonza (Friends with Environment in Development)
Brazil’s Amazonian rivers dammed
» Philip Fearnside (National Institute for Research in the Amazon)
Mekong fluvicide redux: an ode to a once-mighty river
» David Blake (Rivers Activist)
Hydropower dams impacts and relation to climate change (ONLINE PRESENTATION)
» Christoph Hauer (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences) 
Transboundary river basins: Iberian cooperation in the context of climate change
» Afonso do Ó (ANP | WWF)
10 Years of Blue Heart of Europe
» Cornelia Wieser (Riverwatch) and Tara Sukic (Euronatur)
Losing Western Balkan Rivers
» Irma Popović Dujmović (WWF Adria)
Portuguese rivers are sinking fast – the dangers of agroindustry and irrigation dams
» Catarina Miranda (GEOTA)
The renewable Energy Directive (RED4Nature campaign)
» Bruna Campos (Euronatur) and Amelie Huber (Euronatur) 
Protecting a transboundary basin: the importance of creating #MovRioDouro
» Ana Geraldes (#MovRioDouro)
Nobody will hold the Tagus River!
» Paulo Constantino (ProTEJO – Movimento Pelo Tejo)
Cry me a river
» Álvaro Fonseca (Guarda Rios Collective) 
Rio Mira and a region on the brink
» Anne Bretschneider (Water Alliance)
Regenerate the Mira
» Diogo Dias Coutinho (CLARA)
Reviving, Restoring & Healing the HENNOPS River (ONLINE PRESENTATION)
» Tarryn Johnston (Moving Water Aliance)
What they fear the most is us united!
» Lejla Kusturica (Atelier For Community Transformation)
Project Lousada Guarda Rios
» Daniela Barbosa (Lousada Guarda Rios)
Freedom to the rivers of Bosnia and Herzegovina
» Dragana Skenderija (Center for Environment, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
A New Era Model Organization to the Portuguese Water
» Ana Pereira
Scientists for Balkan Rivers Network
» Martin Dalvai and Lukas Thuile (University of Innsbruck)
Break Free. Restoring free-flowing rivers in Europe by removing dams
» Pao Fernández Garrido (World Fish Migration Foundation and Dam Removal Europe)
Durable freshwater protection, low impact energy siting and river restoration
» Dragana Mileusnic (The Nature Conservancy – TNC)
Alternatives to electric production
» João Joanaz de Melo (Nova University Lisbon)
Rivers Restoration in Portugal, Practical cases
» Pedro Teiga (University of Porto) 

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