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Swiss research into sustainable water use

Irrigation canals for biodiversity and tourism: an NFP 61 project.

Irrigation canals for biodiversity and tourism: an NFP 61 project. © schaechental2004 www.flickr.com

Melting glaciers create new lakes in the Alps. This creates new tourism potential and new risks, such as floods and landslides, for the inhabitants of the valleys. Where and when are such lakes created? Who owns them and who is responsible for them?
Climate change and social and economic development will have a marked influence on the future availability and consumption of water, and will therefore lead to conflicts of interest. How can water be used optimally in dry but intensively used alpine regions?
These questions are at the core of two projects in the framework of the Swiss national research programme "Sustainable Water Use" (NFP 61) which has just been launched. Sixteen research projects will study the effects of climate and social change on water resources, and will identify risks and future conflicts. The projects will be completed in 2013. The results will be documented and exchanges of knowledge and discussions will be stimulated through working groups and workshops.
Source and further information: www.nfp61.ch/D/Seiten/home.aspx (de/en/fr)