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The Rivers Trust Conference 2023: Call for Contributions

The Rivers Trust Annual Conference is taking place on Tuesday the 25th and Wednesday the 26th of April 2023. We are keen to feature a diverse line-up and cover a wide variety of pressing and relevant environmental issues. 

Matthew Woodard


We dream of wild, healthy, natural rivers valued by all, but how can we make this a reality? Our rivers are under a growing number of threats, yet are essential to supporting our planet’s ecosystems and humans alike.

With the climate crisis well and truly upon us, droughts and floods are increasingly devastating aquatic habitats and wreaking heart-breaking damage on communities, both locally and globally. On top of that, improved data on pollution, is revealing the true state of our rivers. Recent government announcements, including a new Environmental Improvement Plan, encompass nature recovery, water efficiency and quality, waste reduction and more, display an eagerness to tackle these issues. However, these new legislations/policies need to lead to real changes and improvements to our rivers and the wider environment.

With our evidence based, collaborative ethos, the Rivers Trust movement continues to push for meaningful progress. Exploring a variety of topics, our annual Rivers Trust Conference will discuss and reflect on an array of prominent environmental issues, and hear from the people who are fighting them.

Our conference is free and open to all, and we want to hear from people outside our existing networks as well as our current friends and partners. We are inviting contributions on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Pollution
  • Nature-Based Solutions
  • Green finance and environmental markets
  • Climate change, drought, and water scarcity
  • Community engagement
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the environment sector

We are keen to present a diverse line-up featuring voices from the Rivers Trust movement, the wider environmental sector, industry, governance, and campaigners.

To submit an idea, please send a 300-word abstract to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 24th March, with the following information included:

  • Who will present? One person or more
  • What is the suggested format?
  • Would the session include any interactive elements?
  • How long would the session be?
  • If you’re discussing a particular project, who are the project funders?

We look forward to hearing from you.

Please note, the conference will be taking place online - joining details will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

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