WATER

CHALLENGES & TARGETS

WATER

CHALLENGES & TARGETS

Water management in the Alps faces new challenges due to climate change: Climate change leads to changes in precipitation patterns and puts additional pressures on Alpine water resources, resulting in exceptional situations of both water scarcity and floods. There tends to be less snow but more rain in winter and less water in summer, with drought episodes becoming more frequent, especially in the southern and south-eastern Alps. The decrease of snow and the melting of glaciers also reduce the amount of stored water. The use of water for agriculture, households, hydropower generation and tourism needs to be managed carefully to prevent conflicts of usage and to keep the water ecosystems functional.

Targets:

An alpine-wide optimized water management, including transnational river basin management and zones without any water extraction, ensures water availability under changing water resources.

The availability of high-quality drinking water for the Alpine population is secured through sustainable planning and technological measures, especially in areas threatened by water scarcity and under relevant climate change scenarios.

Green infrastructure and greener structural measures for flood risk reduction effectively protect the Alps and their population from floods and the impacts of heavy rain events.

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Water management in the Alps faces new challenges due to climate change: Climate change leads to changes in precipitation patterns and puts additional pressures on Alpine water resources, resulting in exceptional situations of both water scarcity and floods. There tends to be less snow but more rain in winter and less water in summer, with drought episodes becoming more frequent, especially in the southern and south-eastern Alps. The decrease of snow and the melting of glaciers also reduce the amount of stored water. The use of water for agriculture, households, hydropower generation and tourism needs to be managed carefully to prevent conflicts of usage and to keep the water ecosystems functional.

Targets:

An alpine-wide optimized water management, including transnational river basin management and zones without any water extraction, ensures water availability under changing water resources.

The availability of high-quality drinking water for the Alpine population is secured through sustainable planning and technological measures, especially in areas threatened by water scarcity and under relevant climate change scenarios.

Green infrastructure and greener structural measures for flood risk reduction effectively protect the Alps and their population from floods and the impacts of heavy rain events.

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Water management in the Alps faces new challenges due to climate change: Climate change leads to changes in precipitation patterns and puts additional pressures on Alpine water resources, resulting in exceptional situations of both water scarcity and floods. There tends to be less snow but more rain in winter and less water in summer, with drought episodes becoming more frequent, especially in the southern and south-eastern Alps. The decrease of snow and the melting of glaciers also reduce the amount of stored water. The use of water for agriculture, households, hydropower generation and tourism needs to be managed carefully to prevent conflicts of usage and to keep the water ecosystems functional.

Targets:

An alpine-wide optimized water management, including transnational river basin management and zones without any water extraction, ensures water availability under changing water resources.

The availability of high-quality drinking water for the Alpine population is secured through sustainable planning and technological measures, especially in areas threatened by water scarcity and under relevant climate change scenarios.

Green infrastructure and greener structural measures for flood risk reduction effectively protect the Alps and their population from floods and the impacts of heavy rain events.

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