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RiverWatch – Society for the protection of rivers

  • RiverWatch is a society for the protection of rivers. Our ambition is to preserve the last unimpaired rivers as well as restoring those already canalized or dammed.
  • RiverWatch engages globally against projects that destroy rivers, particularly dam projects.
  • RiverWatch is a campaigning organisation; that is, we act in opposition to certain projects and promote public awareness.
  • We consider ourselves a platform for all those who care about rivers.


Our ambitions

RiverWatch draws attention to the value of rivers; their beauty and their importance to flora and fauna, as well as to humans. We engage globally against destructive projects, particularly dams, and promote public awareness through campaigning.


Why rivers?
Rivers are our Earth’s lifeline. The majority of species can be found in or by streams. They are hot spots for biodiversity.

Unfortunately, due to over-utilisation, rivers have become the most endangered habitats globally. Over the past 40 years, rivers and their floodplains have been destroyed on a much higher scale than forests or oceans.

Rivers need a stronger lobby: while numerous NGOs advocate exclusively for the protection of rain forests, oceans, or mountains, hardly anyone concern themselves with rivers on a global scale. The only two exceptions are International Rivers based in Berkeley (USA) and their small equivalent in France (European Rivers).


Riverwatch is registered in the Transparency Register of the EU with public ID 352790841645-65.


Many thanks to longtime partner and supporter of Riverwatch, the Manfred-Hermsen-Stiftung based in Bremen, Germany.


Many thanks to Global 2000, Austria for longtime spatial and administrative support