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Presidency: Italy & Slovenia

Water is one of the 12 main issues listed within the Alpine Convention in Article 2. However, this specific issue has not yet been covered by a specific protocol. The objective of the Alpine Convention concerning water management is to preserve or re-establish healthy water systems, in particular by keeping lakes and rivers free of pollution, by applying natural hydraulic engineering techniques and by using water power in such way so that the interests of both the indigenous population and the environment are served alike.

The Alpine Convention instituted a platform on water issues at the X. Alpine Conference in 2009 after the adoption of the second Report on the State of the Alps on „Water and Water Management Issues“. The Platform follows the objectives and recommendations identified in this report. In addition the Action Plan on Climate Change in the Alps, adopted at the X. Alpine Conference, contains several issues related to water management, such as, for example, to reinforce implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, to prevent water shortages and to develop plants according to the ecology of water courses. More specifically the Action Plan requires prompt and collective action from all Contracting Parties of the Alpine Convention to limit the impact of climate change, particularly by developing guidelines for the construction, optimisation and rehabilitation of small hydroelectric power stations while respecting aquatic environments and biodiversity. In the Multiannual Work Program water issues correspond to four of the priorities: Addressing climate change – both on the topic 1 (adaptation to drought periods) and on the topic 2 (renewable energy production), Greening the economy – in particular on the topic 2 on hydropower, Biodiversity – coherence of measures with the 2000/60/EC Directive, EUSALP – in particular on the activities of the Action Group 6.

In 2017-2018 two topics are being addressed: How to face drought periods in the Alpine Region: from the analysis of climate data (rain/snow patterns and scenarios) to the strategic planning and Follow up on the guidelines on small hydropower: evaluation and further recommendations

The Contracting Parties to the Alpine Convention delegate experts to be members of the Working groups/Platforms. Observers to the Convention may also nominate representatives.


The main objectives of the Water Management Platform are:
  • communications and raising awareness on the water management issues in the Alps;
  • serve as a network of experts;
  • spread the common understanding on issues related to climate change and natural hazards;
  • presentation of best practices and strategies for the adaptation to climate change and water management;
  • close cooperation with partners and other working groups.
Activities, Documents, Results of the Water Platform



 Past Activities, Documents, Results of the Water Platform