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International Conference on the Status and Future of the World’s Large Rivers

August 2, 2021 - August 6, 2021

The pressures and impacts on the World’s Large Rivers have increased greatly in recent years. Large rivers are particularly exposed to problems of multiple uses, often with conflicting aims. At the global scale, there is no comprehensive assessment of the current status of the World’s Large Rivers, the conflicting demands on such rivers, and likely future anthropogenic impacts, as well as the potential for restoration and the associated problems.

Between 2011 and 2017, 3 International Conferences on “The Status and Future of the World’s Large Rivers” provided a global forum for a wide-ranging discussion of key issues related to research on large rivers and to their effective and sustainable management, involving both scientists and decision makers. In this context, a new UNESCO / IHP Programme (WLRI – World’s Large Rivers Initiative) has been established in 2014, which aims to foster a global network of programmes and partners related to the work and research at large rivers. In 2018 the WLRI officially became part of the UNESCO-IHP work programme.

This years conference will be held in Moscow, Russia from the 2. – 6. August 2021. Special focus will be given this time to Climate Change and its impact – not only in general, but also specifically related to Russian and Arctic Rivers.


August 2, 2021
August 6, 2021
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MSU – Lomonosov Moscow State University
ul. Leninskiye Gory 1
Moskow, 119991 Russian Federation


MSU – Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
BOKU – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria