Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007
European Rivers Network

Roberto Epple is on leave from the Ashoka Fellowship. For more information on his status, please contact

This description of Roberto Epple's work was prepared when Roberto Epple was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
At the beginning of the 1990s, Roberto Epple became one of the major actors of a campaign to preserve the River Loire, the last wild river in Europe, causing the French government to abdicate and preventing the constructing a series of large dams along its course. Based on this successful experience, Roberto created a “River Parliament”—a European network of local and national citizen organizations willing to work together. Since the early 2000s, European Rivers Network (ERN) has gathered the major associations involved in the preservation of fifty European rivers.
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