Two decades flow under the bridge

The Conservation and Management of Rivers: 20 years on


In September 1990 the Nature Conservancy Council organised an international conference in York on ‘The Conservation and Management of Rivers’. The conference was truly international, attracting 337 delegates from 29 countries.


By September 2010 twenty years will have elapsed since the York conference. A huge amount has changed in the world since then – economically, politically, culturally, scientifically. This conference will examine this period and assess the changes in river conservation – how the environment has changed, how the legislation and policies that drive conservation have changed, how organisations have changed, how techniques for practising river conservation have changed, and how public attitudes have changed. What predictions did we make in 1990? Which have been proved accurate, and which have not? Where have we succeeded, and where have we failed?


The 2010 conference provides an opportunity both to share experience as we look back over the last 20 years, and to use the lessons of the past to look 20 years into the future. It will provide a forum for scientists, policy makers, water resource managers, engineers and nature conservationists to:


  • discuss the theory and practice of river conservation;
  • describe progress in different parts of the world; and
  • define appropriate strategies for the future.


The emphasis of the conference will be on habitat and wildlife conservation but will be set within the wider context of water management. The meeting will have a broad, international perspective, and will reflect the range of priorities within and between countries in the developed and developing world.


How to register your interest:

 or write to Zena Bailey, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Monkstone House, City Road, Peterborough, UK, PE1 1JY.


Vicky Morgan

Senior Habitats Adviser

Tel: +44 (0) 1733 866830