Free Rivers

We believe that European countries and the EU as a community can do better in protecting the last wild rivers, restoring the pathways rivers create, and taking down dams. Therefore we advocate the establishment of a growing network of strictly protected healthy, dynamic and free-flowing rivers across Europe.

The growing network of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the US is an inspiration for the protection of free rivers in other parts of the world. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was signed into law by President Johnson in 1968. Most recently, 621 miles of 60 new Wild and Scenic Rivers were dedicated on March 12, 2019. That’s 999 kilometers. Congratulations!


Wild and Scenic as a model for permanent legal protection of free rivers is a central topic of our film event series River Film Fest / Flussfilmfest. Shane Anderson’s film Run Wild, Run Free is a magnificent portrait of 50 years of Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Shane Anderson is Director of Story at Pacfic Rivers: www.pacificrivers.org