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The 14th International Riversymposium, 26-29 September 2011, Brisbane, QLD

The 14th International Riversymposium, 26-29 September 2011, in Brisbane, QLD will explore the multiple reasons that rivers are valuable ranging from economics through to cultural and spiritual values in accordance with the overall theme, The Value of Rivers.

There will be a prominent focus on natural disasters and their value to rivers and waterways on Monday, due to the recent weather events that occurred across the globe and specifically in Queensland and Australia.

This year’s program will encourage interaction among delegates to maximise knowledge sharing and networking opportunities. Concurrent sessions, keynote speakers and study tours will allow delegates to participate in discussions on the economic, social and competing values of rivers as well as showcase case studies and practical examples.

The six program focus areas for this year's conference are -

  • Extreme events
  • Socio-economic
  • Ecology
  • Competing values
  • Science-policy
  • Science-community


Keynote and case study speakers include -

  • Mr Ingwer de Boer - General Director, Programme Directorate Room for River of Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands
  • Mr Phil Duncan - Senior Policy Officer, Operational Policy Unit New South Wales, Aboriginal Land Council, Australia
  • Prof Barry T Hart - Member of the Murray Darling Basin Authority, Australia
  • Prof Toine Smits - Head of Department of Sustainable Management of Resources, Radboud University, the Netherlands
  • Case study, Yangtze River, China, Dr Guangchun Lei - Dean of School of Nature Conservation, Beijing Forestry University
  • Case study, Mississippi River, USA, Prof Denise Reed - Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New Orleans


Attended by leading scientists, community groups, government agencies and corporate leaders from over 25 nations, the Riversymposium is the ultimate river and water management conference where the latest thinking and proven solutions are explored and debated.

Visit the website to register and for further information including the current draft program, feature sessions and study tours.


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