The French National River Restoration Center

The French national river restoration center is a group of public bodies all related to river restoration: the French Agency for Biodiversity (AFB - including former Onema), Water Agencies, Regional Directorates for Environment Development and Housing (DREAL), Ecology Ministry, Water Offices of the overseas territories.
Technical partners of the national centers provide technical support to this center: the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA), the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), International Office for Water (OIEau)…


The French national river restoration center aims at fostering a river restoration national network, enhancing the visibility of river restoration projects and disseminating good practices for professionals wishing to engage in river restoration, particularly through these web pages.


In order to collectively consider this centre’s priority activities, Onema organised a day of discussion with the relevant public-sector stakeholders on 1 December 2015 in Paris, in collaboration with the French Ecology Ministry, the Water Agencies and the French Association of PublicTerritorial Basin Institution. Expectations, activities and working of the network... : a synthesis of this day is available.




Restoration of river continuity: model intiatives accross France and Europe

The French National River Restoration Centre organised in 2017 a workshop and field visits on river continuity restoration initiatives. This was an opportunity for practitioners to share examples of reproductible actions targeting multiple issues, carried out in Italy, the United Kingdom, Finland and France, with the example of the River Mérantaise.



Work program: to come


Contact: Josée Peress