Alpine Water –  common good or source of conflicts?

Changing environmental and climatic conditions as well as growing demand is likely to lead to conflicts in water use and water management in the Alps. This ForumAlpinum will identify hot spots of water use and management in the Alps, will analyse target conflicts, assess their relevance in a regional, national or international context, and discuss possible solutions.

© Charly Winkler, bed-load trap Lech

Welcome to the ForumAlpinum 2018 and the 7th Water Conference in Breitenwang (Austria)

On the occasion of the Austrian Presidency of the Alpine Convention, ISCAR is organizing the ForumAlpinum 2018 together with the 7th Water Conference of the Alpine Convention in Austria, with the support of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, the Province of the Tyrol, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, and the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea.

This ForumAlpinum, the 13th since 1994, will focus on water use. Changing environmental and climatic conditions as well as growing demand likely lead to conflicts in water use and water management in the Alps. The ForumAlpinum will identify hot spots of water use and management in the Alps, will analyze target conflicts, assess their relevance in a regional, national or international context, and discuss possible solutions.

The ForumAlpinum will provide a platform for the ongoing dialogue between scientists, practitioners and policy makers in order to propose policy recommendations on priority topics. Plenary sessions and thematic workshops will focus on questions as: What and where will be the hotpots of conflicting water use in future? How far water use has to be adapted to changing availability or demand? Are there emerging conflicts in water use? Do we dispose on appropriate instruments for avoiding or solving conflicts in water use?

On behalf of the organizers and the International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps (ISCAR), you are cordially invited to participate and to contribute to the manifold discussions addressing Alpine water. The picturesque Valley of the Tyrolian Lech and the Congress Centre of Breitenwang will provide an inspiring setting.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Leopold Füreder, University of Innsbruck
Chairman of the Organizing Committee &  ISCAR 


© Charly Winkler, Lechzopf near Stanzach

The Tyrolian Lech valley – living with a wild river

The Tyrolean Lech in northwestern Austria is one of the last wild rivers in the Alps and the flagship of the Tyrolean Lech Nature Park and the Natura 2000 site. A unique mixture of nature, culture and crafts shapes the communities in the Lechtal including the old market town of Reutte and the conference venue Breitenwang. Breitenwang is the starting point for mountain sports and exploration of the unique wild river landscape.



The ForumAlpinum 2018 and the 7th Water Conference as an integrated part of it are organised by ISCAR in cooperation with the Water Platform of the Alpine Convention and Action Group 6 of EUSALP.




Prof. Leopold Füreder (ÖAW & ISCAR & University of Innsbruck)

Markus Reiterer (Secretary General of the Alpine Convention)

Landeshauptmann or Vice Landeshauptmann Tyrol (tbc)

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Module 1: Hydrological and water-driven hotspots in the Alps

Chair: Rolf Weingartner


Although there is sufficient water in the Alpine region, seasonal and regional scarcity of supply must be expected in the future. In addition, global warming will lead to a destabilization of high mountain areas and change the landscape. These developments are overlaid by the socio-economic dynamics and the increasing water demand of existing and new user groups. Module 1 aims to identify, describe and locate current and future conflicts of use in the Alpine region. For this purpose, the participants work out an exemplary overview of water-related conflicts (hot spots). The results form the basis for the discussion in the following modules.

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Mapping of Alpine water hotspots


Rolf Weingartner: Analyzing alpine water related hotspots: Setting the ground


Introduction Group Work

Klaus Lanz: What is a water-related hotspot and how can we map it?

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Coffee break

Workshop 1.1 – Existing water-related hotspots and hazards

Chair: Michael Staudinger (ZAMG, Vienna)
Support for mapping: Heidi Humer-Gruber (University of Innsbruck)


Any change or a seasonal reduction of the available water resources can cause serious management challenges and downstream conflicts in the Alpine Region. Therefore the results of hydro¬climatological models with different RCP scenarios give a very valuable quantification of future climate change effects on the availability of water resources in e.g. the Ötztal Alps (Tyrol,Austria).
The Copernicus program and Earth Observation in genral can contribute to a continuous and area-wide monitoring of water resources in the Alps. Such a monitoring will increase not only the understanding of hydrological processes under a changing climate, but also support sustainable water management for irrigation, energy production or technical snow production.


Ulrich Strasser & Thomas Marke: Hydrological scenarios in the Austrian Alps for the next century with enhanced process understanding of seasonal snow and glacier melt for improved water resources management first results of the HydroGeM3 project

Marc Zebisch, C. Notarnicola, C. Marin, M. Callegari & F. Greifeneder: The Alps Water tower – an earth observation perspective

Discussion & mapping


Workshop 1.2 – Emerging water-related hotspots and hazards due to climate change

Chair: Andrea Fischer (IGF)

Support for mapping: Valerie Braun (IGF)


Alpine Landscapes can be read as imprints of the forming forces, amongst them frozen and liquid water. One various time scales, natural processes as drifting continents, formation and disappearance of seas, erosion and deposition as well as climate changes influence topography and conditions for life. After the last glacial maximum, human activities changed the landscape by land use and cultural practices. The workshop aims at tackling various aspects of water as geomorphological parameter influencing the landscape, as well as modern anthropogenic aspects and views on water availability and management. The workshop aims at discussing past and modern influence of water on natural and cultural landscapes.



Marco Di Tullo, A. Nascetti, M. Di Tullio, N. Emanuelli, F. Nocchi , A. Camplani & M. Crespi: AR Big Data and Google Earth Engine: key tools for glaciers health monitoring

Caterina Franco: The construction of a landscape for tourism. The role of water in the creation of high altitude ski resorts in the French-italian Alps (1950-1980)

Discussion & mapping


Workshop 1.3 – Emerging water-related hotspots and hazards due to socio-economic changes

Chair: Elisabeth Sötz (WWF Austria)

Support for mapping: Anna Schöpfer (University of Innsbruck)


Natural hazards have always been common in the Alps. In the course of climate change, hazard hotspots might be shifting – due to glacier retreat, permafrost melting, or changing precipitation. The first aim of this workshop is to visualize known hot spots and current destabilization events on a (webGIS) map.

Apart the hazard occurrence, exposure and vulnerability play an equally important role in disaster risk. Therefore, the second step will be to match the pure hazard map with other factors such as population density.

In conclusion, the workshop seeks to emphasize key factors to take into account when we have to deal with increasing destabilization.


Jan-Christoph Otto & Markus Keuschnig: Future lakes – future potentials. New lakes in Austria following glacier retreat.

Thomas Thaler, Andreas Zischg, Maria Papathoma-Köhle, Margreth Keiler & Sven Fuchs: Fair distribution of risk and benefits – the challenges of social justices in mountain hazard management

Discussion & mapping



Excursion: Lechtal LIFE project

Chair: Leo Füreder
Presenters: Leo Füreder, Wolfgang Klien, Reinhard Rentner


With its large dynamic gravel banks and other wild riverine landscape elements the River Lech belongs to the most threatened river types in Europe. In 2016 the project “Dynamic River System Lech” within the EU-funded scheme “LIFE multiannual work programme” was launched. Under the Sub-programme for Environment, project activities are concentrated within the priorities Environment and Resource Efficiency, Nature and Biodiversity, and Environmental Governance and Information. Quite a variety of water management measures together with habitat and species protection activities have been planned and implemented to restore formerly impacted river stretches. Being the second LIFE project on this river, it provides also for evaluation, reassessment and monitoring of earlier performed restoration measures. After the introductory presentations, enjoy this inspiring atmosphere during the excursion to the River Lech, followed by a social dinner in a mountain restaurant.


Visits: information center, investigated sites

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Local dinner and music (Bluatschink)


7th Water Conference

Water in the Alps – Management of hydrological extremes and sustainable hydropower use

The 7th Water Conference is organized by the Water Platform of the Alpine Convention in dialogue with 
EUSALP AG 6 Subgroup Water

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Official Greetings of the Authorities

Markus Reiterer, Secretary General of the Alpine Convention
Stefan Wildt, Regional Government ofTyrol
Paolo Angelini & Luka Stravs, Co-chairs of the Water Platform of the Alpine Convention

Module 2: The impacts of and response to droughts in the Alpine region (Part I)

Chair: Hannah Berger (Bavarian Environment Agency), German delegation to the Water Platform
Andreas Kolbinger (Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, Germany): Current developments and challenges in drought management in Northern Bavaria
Johannes Wiesenegger (Regional Government of Salzburg, Austria): Strategic water resources management and drought
Debate / interactive section

Coffee break

Module 2: The impacts of and response to droughts in the Alpine region (Part II)

Chair: Christian Schilling (Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism), Austrian delegation to the Water Platform


Andreja Sušnik (ARSO, Slovenia): New tools for better drought risk management


Gunther Heißel (Regional Government of Tyrol, Austria): Security of drinking water in light of climate change


Andrea Bianchini (IMELS Consultant, Italy): Facing droughts in the Alpine region – Experiences, approaches and common challenges


Debate / interactive section

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Module 3: Green infrastructures for an integrated and sustainable water management

Chair: Luka Štravs, Slovenian delegation to the Water Platform


Elisabeth Sötz (WWF, for EUSALP AG 6): Greener Alpine Rivers? Conclusions and Recommendations of the EUSALAP AG 6 – Subgroup Water


Joze Papež (Hidrotehnik, Slovenia),Mateja Ribnikar (MOP, Slovenia), Maja Jelen (MOP, Slovenia): 50 Shades of Green Infrastructure- Experiences from Slovenia


Manuela Künzl (Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, Germany): Alpine green infrastructure – joining forces for nature, people and the economy
Debate / interactive section

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Coffee break

Module 3: Common guidelines for the use of small hydropower in the Alpine region

Chair: NN, Italian delegation of the Water Platform
NN : presentation of the elaboration and content of common guidelines
Christian Schilling (BMNT, Austria): Presentation of the prepared document
Debate / interactive section

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Workshops Module 1


Workshop 1.4 – Alpine springs under pressure

Chair: Stefanie von Fumetti (University Basel)
Alpine springs provide ecosystem services such as being a supply of drinking-water. Ecologically, they are important aquatic habitats under pressure. They suffer e.g. from cattle trampling, capturing or relocation. Land use changes and climatic changes threaten springs additionally. Headwaters in alpine regions will be affected strongly by climatic changes such as increased water temperatures or altered discharge regimes. In this workshop we will discuss conflicts of interests and threats for natural springs and how we can monitor them effectively. The development of conservation strategies should be a focus of future efforts in order to sustain important ecosystem services of springs in the Alps.
Stefanie von Fumetti & Daniel Küry: Alpine springs under pressure will Global Change increase present conflicts of interest?
Gabi Leonhardt: Long-term monitoring of alpine springs to determine climate change impact
Reinhard Gerecke & Marco Cantonati: Collecting biota in spring habitats: A proposal for a sustainable methodology in long-term monitoring studies
Daniel Küry: Ecological evaluation, conservation and restoration of spring habitats in the Swiss Alps


Workshop 1.5 – Monitoring and managing European Union species and habitats of alpine rivers

Chair: Norbert Müller (Uni Erfurt) & Helmut Kudrnovsky (Kematen)
The EU Habitat Directive is requiring the monitoring and managing of their Annex species and habitats. In this session, we will discuss this subject area for alpine rivers. Special focus will be on key species and their habitat types 3220, 3230, 3240 “Alpine rivers“and 7240* and 91E0. Within the last EU Habitats Directive Article 17 Reporting the conservation status of these habitats was assessed with unfavourable inadequate to bad. Therefore, besides methods of monitoring also examples of managing and reintroduction of key species will be part of this workshop. This workshop is also part of the “16th International Alpine Workshop” an annual meeting of scientists, practitioners and advanced students working in alpine rivers (see
Helmut Kudrnovsky: 3230 “Alpine rivers with Myricaria germanica” – actual findings along river Lech
Bruno Michielon & Tommaso Sitzia: Reintroduction of Myricaria germanica in Italy – an overview
Norbert Müller: 30 years monitoring and managing Typha minima at the Tyrolean Lech river – a key species of the habitat 7240* “Alpine pioneer formations”
Michael Reich: Monitoring Bryodemella tuberculata – a key species of the habitats 3220, 3230 and 3240 “Alpine rivers”
Anna Schöpfer & Leopold Füreder: Standardized selections of FFH-species and habitats for protection measures


Poster session & Apéro

16:30 – 17:00: Current programmes and networks (Plenary)
Chair: Thomas Scheurer

Bernat Claramunt (Barcelona): NEMOR, or Do we need (another) European network for mountains?
Primož Skrt  (Munich): Alpine Space Programme: Outlook on the next programme period
Massimo Bastiani: Network of River Contracts (tbc)
Georg Niedrist: Forum Water
Taja Ferjancic-Lakota (PSAC Innbruck): Announcement of Young Academics Awards

17:00 – 19:00:Poster Exhibition with Apéro

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Conference dinner with guests, entertainment, water tasting

Welcome addresses
 - Roland Psenner (ÖAW / ISCAR)
Invitation of local politics (tbc)
Music (option): Viennese Jazz Music
Water tasting: Roland Psenner


Module 4: Conflicting water use in the Alps

Chair: Roland Psenner (EURAC Bolzano) & Günter Köck (Austrian Academy of Sciences)


Water resources play a particular role not only in the Alps, but also in large areas of Europe. They occur in various forms, are highly interlinked, belong to different countries and administrative units and provide habitats for rich and particular diverse groups of organisms. However, changing environmental and climatic conditions as well as growing demand is likely to lead to conflicts in water use and to exacerbate existing disputes over water management strategies. The session will identify hot spots of water use and management, analyze target conflicts, assess their relevance in regional, national and international context, and discuss possible solutions.

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Klaus Lanz: (International Water affairs): Water-related hotspots in the Alps – Results of the workshops of Module 1 and perspectives


Robert Steiger (University of Innsbruck): Artificial snow production – case study on a conflicting issue


Joze Papež(Slovenia): Insights on findings of the 7th Water Conference (modules 2 and 3)

Workshop 4.1 – Local water use: water supply, agriculture, tourism

Chair: Heike Zimmermann-Timm (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main)


While the climate change and its effects on the water balance in the mountains have attracted considerable attention, the land-use change and water management at the different spatial scales in the Alps have so far received much less attention. Within the framework of this session, examples will be introduced which aim to bridge the gap between theory and practice, such as in agricultural irrigation. Further, the examples do not tie decisions on the water balance to political boundaries and involve the affected parties more actively in decision making processes.  The presented examples will be critically discussed to determine if a paradigm shift is indicated and what role identifying with common objectives plays in the success.



Oliver Ike: Problem of private or public use of water resources: Case study Val Masino


Calianno Martin: Is Alpine irrigation overestimated?


Simone Persiano, Alessio Pugliese, Alberto Aloe , Jon Olav Skøien , Stefano Bagli, Paolo Mazzoli, Juraj Parajka, Berit Arheimer, René Capell , Alberto Pistocchi, Alberto Montanari, Günter Blöschl & Attilio Castellarin: Transboundary water supply assessment of surface water resource availability: application in Danube and Tyrol


Primoz Pipan, Mateja Smid Hribar & Mimi Urbanc: The role of local community in governing water as a common-pool resource



Workshop 4.2 – Energy production

Chair: Peter Hanisch (DonauConsult)


The presentations show the variety of conflicts arising from hydropower generation in Alpine surroundings. They serve as input for the discussion on how much society is ready to “pay” for the preservation of intact ecosystems or in return for their optimized use. Scale level and dimensions taken into account have a significant impact on the result of the evaluation, as well as the need to shift objectives between different spatial, ecological or socio-economic subsystems.
The objective of the discussion will be to propose how scientific research, technical practice and economic actors can agree on a common approach for evaluation and implementation of hydropower projects that provides democratic legitimacy for the decision process accepted by the society.



Wolfram Sparber (EURAC Bolzano): Topic open


Lutz E. Schlange & Werner Hediger: Sustainability assessment of hydropower from a stakeholder perspective


Monica Camuffo, Giovanna Deppi, Luigina Malvestio & Lucia Ruffato: Small hydropower plants: A critique related to the Belluno area (Italy)


Christian Schlüchter, Thomas Scheurer: Impacts and risks of reservoirs: The case of reservoirs along the Spöl river


Daniel Hayes & Julia Brändle: Preserving Alpine Floodplain rivers through functional floodplain flows




Workshop 4.3 – Tourism

Chair: Philippe Bourdeau (University Grenoble Alpes)

While water has become a central resource of the summer and winter tourist experience and economy in the mountains, its increasing uses (sports and leisure activities, well-being, cultural snow…) make it a common good with stakes facing the risks of shortage and competition between recreational and utilitarian uses (daily life, agriculture, industry). The papers will address key questions for the prospective of recreational uses of water in the mountains:
– What know-how for regulating water uses between the tourism sector and other activities, and vis-à-vis the downstream watersheds?
– What governance of water between public and private actors?
what are the benefits of integrated water management systems?


Jernej Stritih, Matjaž Harmel & Klemen Strmšnik: Valuation of recreation related ecosystem services on Soča (Slovenia) and Tara (Montenegro) rivers


Emmanuel Reynard, Martin Calianno, Marianne Milano & Christophe Clivaz: Integrated Water Resource Management in tourist areas: moving from the hydrological basin to the water use basin


Massimiliano Fazzini: On the recent variation of the “Snow Reliability Line” in the south-eastern Alps


NN: Summary of Conference Water & tourism 2017 in Crans Montana (Switzerland)



Workshop 4.4 – Ecological integrity of rivers

Chair: Leopold Füreder (University of Innsbruck)


Alpine rivers play a particular role in the Alps, their surroundings and over large areas of Europe. They occur in various forms, are highly interlinked, cover surfaces involving different countries and administrative levels, provide habitats for a rich and particular biodiversity, but also suffer from multiple demands and use. A wide spectrum of anthropogenic impacts has resulted in an alteration of catchments and discharging rivers, sometimes even in a complete disruption of river systems. Several national and international directives for their protection and sustainable use as well as improvements of their ecological status are in place and contribute to the high conflict potential. Here, we discuss a) the ecological status of rivers in the Alpine regions, b) look at conflict scenarios and key management measures, and c) propose innovative projects and concepts towards a sustainable ecological integrity.



Susanne Muhar & Carina Seliger: Overview of the environmental conditions of the rivers of the Alps


Roberto Epple: The Wild Rivers Label – an effective tool to conserve alpine river landscapes?


Gebhard Tschavoll: WWF Austria – River Restoration Concept


Andrea Cottini, Filippo Miotto, Marzia Ciampittiello, Angelo Boggero & Stefania Cerutti: Clean Water Project – San Giovanni Torrent (Italy)


Stefanie Oberarzbacher, Erich Tasser & Wolfgang Mark: Holistic (multiscale) analysis of the factors and their effect on the fish fauna in inner-Alpine space





Module 5: Manging conflicting water use

Chair: Valerie Braun (IGF Innsbruck)
The growing demand and the availability of Alpine water resources for water provision, energy production and tourism in Europe makes the future of water resources relevant for the local population, economy and politics. Moreover the Alps are considered as the water tower of Europe providing the lowlands with water for agricultural, domestic and industrial use. Alpine water resources are threatened by climate change and may lead to social conflicts. In this modul we will discuss past, present and future water-related conflicts.


Martin Grambow (Munich) : Water as a cause for conflicts (preliminary title)

NN: Participative processes in water management (tbc)

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Workshop 5.1 – Learning from the past

Learning from the past for the management of present and future water-related conflicts: Dealing with floods and flood risk in historical Alpine societies


Chair: Patrick Kupper (Institute of History and European Ethnology, University of Innsbruck)


Conflicts over water use and water management have affected historical societies in the Alps at least since the Middle Ages. As water had been a common good in many Alpine regions, people had to find solutions how to share the costs for water supply and flood protection and how to avoid significant disadvantages for the one party caused by initiatives of another party. This workshop wants to shed light on historical adaptation and coping strategies towards floods in 18th to 20th century Austria and Switzerland and will highlight the question, why learning from the past will also help dealing with conflicts over water and flood management today and in the future.



Reinhard Nießner (Institute of History and European Ethnology, Univ. of Innsbruck): The 1989 Flooding of Innsbruck: Human Induced Disaster, Social Conflict and Contemporary Challenges


Melanie Salvisberg (University of Berne): Taming the torrent? Flood control and conflicts of interest at the Gürbe River (Canton of Bern) from the 19th century until today


Christian Rohr (University of Berne): Avoiding conflicts by revisiting historical experience? Flood marks and their use for disaster memory past and present




Workshop 5.2 – Integrated river basin management

Including a coffee break

Chair: Susanne Muhar (BOKU Vienna)
Co-Chair: Primoz Skrt (Alpine Space)


The Interreg Alpine Space project “SPARE” aims to harmonize the protection and development of Alpine river ecosystems. After more than two years of intensive work, SPARE shares some first results: An interactive workshop will be held to present, test and discuss an online database of reference cases, which shall support practitioners and decision makers by introducing existing solutions of Integrated River Ecosystem Management (IREM). Also, one of the five SPARE pilot areas will present itself and the participatory process that was started to develop long-term solutions to balance the use and protection of the Inn River Basin in the Engadine valley.



Susanne Muhar & Kerstin Böck: SPARE – Strategic Planning for Alpine River Ecosystems Integrating protection and development


Saso Santl & Urska Kocijancic: A reference database to support practitioners toward Integrated River Ecosystem Management


Angelika Abderhalden & Barbara Grüner: Integrated River Basin Management in the Inn River Basin (CH)


Primoz Skrt (Interreg Alpine Space): Integrated river basin management in the Alpine Space – Lessons learnt from past projects




Workshop 5.3 – Mitigating future water conflicts

Including a coffee break

Chair: Susanne Brandstetter (BMNT)

River dialogue –The “River dialogue” format has been developed by the Austrian Federal Ministry responsible for Environment and Water Management and the regional government of Upper Austria. More broadly seen, it is about stakeholder involvement and dialogue processes in the field of Water and integrated river basin management (IRBM). 13 River Dialogues have been held in 10 river catchments of Austria, one transboundary with Bavaria (Untere Salzach). At the Forum Alpinum 2018, there is a parallel workshop on IRBM. So the present one will mainly focus on the following topics (while embracing the submitted inputs): 1) Main obstacles for a successful dialogue, and how to prevent/mitigate them 2) Defining the scope – how to take the river basin system into account, while not neglecting the local perspective? 3) How to make sure all concerned stakeholders can participate in an equitable and fair way? 4) The role of brokers and facilitators 5) The specific challenge of transboundary dialogue processes.



Michela Bevione: Socio-ecological transition, wealth creation and territorial metabolism: the case of Maurienne Valley.


Roland Köck, Hubert Siegel, Elisabeth Gerhardt & Eduard Hochbichler: Best Management Practices within forested drinking water protection zones


Bettina Urbanek: How NGOs can contribute to water governance on different levels: from EU Water Framework directive to regional management planning


Thomas Thaler: Sebastian Seebauer: Planned retreat as an option for the European Alps? To whom, what and when we have to talk



Workshop 5.4 – Alpine multi-purpose reservoirs: Future potential and relevance

Including a coffee break

Chair: Astrid Björnsen Gurung (WSL), and Petra Schmocker-Fackel (BAFU)

Concerns about water scarcity and related conflicts are almost absent in Switzerland. Yet, both the summer drought of 2003 and the anticipated impacts of climate change on alpine water resources remind us about the increased probability of local water shortages towards the end of this century. Multi-purpose reservoirs might alleviate the negative effects of regime shifts triggered by rising temperature, reduced snow pack and glacier melt. Ideally, such reservoirs would meet various demands, such as electricity production, agricultural irrigation, snow-making, drinking water supply, ecological needs and flood control. But is this realistic? Can reservoirs, glacier lakes and other natural or artificial ponds indeed hold back enough water to compensate for the anticipated losses? This workshop presents the framework, methodology and first insights from the project Swiss Water Potentials.



Manuela Brunner & Manfred Stähli (Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland): The “Hydro-CH2018 Reservoir” Project


Elke Kellner (Bern University,  Switzerland): Evolving polycentric climate governance: The case of multifunctional water use in Oberhasli, Switzerland


Gottfried Gökler (Vorarlberger Illwerke AG, Austria): Management options for Alpine multi-purpose reservoirs


Melanie Clivaz, Emmanuel Reynard (University of Lausanne): Contribution of dam reservoirs to Alpine society under changing context: social-economic and ecological trajectories. A case study in Valais (Swiss Alps)


Closing public debate

Water conflicts in the Alps – and in Lech valley?

Annette Kestler (Nature Park Lech)

Closing panel:
What is needed to solve (future) conflicts in water use?

Chair: Klaus Lanz
Panelists: Science (Rolf Weingartner or Roland Penner or Leopold Füreder), Water Platform (Luka Stravs or Paolo Angelina), Astrid Björnsen Gurung, Christoph Walder or Elisabeth Sötz (WWF Austria), Gaia Checcucci (Italian Ministry), Local (Anette Kestler

Closing (Leopold Füreder)

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Public film presentation




Please register through the online registration form.
The deadline of registration is 28 May 2018.
In case of questions please contact

Conference fee

2-3 days: EUR 120 (Student /reduced fee: EUR 60)
1 day: EUR 60 (Student/reduced fee: EUR 30)
The participance in the 7th Water Conference on Tuesday, 5 June (8:30 – 16:30 hours) is free of charge.

The conference fee cover for refreshments during breaks and meals during the conference. Reduced fee for students with a valid student ID and participants with a poster presentation, and residents from Lech valley.

Accommodation, hotel reservation

Please have a look at the website Please make your hotel reservation as soon as possible!


Simultaneous translation into German and English will be available during plenary events (opening, plenary sessions, closing) and 4 workshops. There will be no simultaneous translation in all other events.

Number of participants

The number of participants is limited. If a selection is necessary, the date of registration and the duration of participation will be taken into account.

Excursion (included in the fee)

Monday 4th June (16:00 – 19:00 h): LIFE project Lech, dinner afterwards (19:30-22:00 h). Lead: Leopold Füreder
Thursday 7th June (9:00 – 15:00 h): Excursion Lech catchment area and Streimer Bach. Max. 10 participants, with private car. Lead: Norbert Müller


ForumAlpinum 18 & 7th Water Conference take place in Breitenwang, Ausserfern (Tyrol, Austria). Event location: Conference Center Breitenwang /see map).

Traveling to Breitenwang

By train:
Innsbruck – Reutte in Tyrol (2:20 h) –> ÖBB Schedule
Munich – Reutte in Tyrol (2:28 h) –> DB Schedule


ForumAlpinum 2018

Institute of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Heidi Humer-Gruber,
Technikerstrasse 25, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria,, +43 512 507 494 34

ISCAR Office, Haus der Akademien, Dr. Thomas Scheurer,
Laupenstr. 7, 3001 Bern, Switzerland,, +41 (0) 31 306 93 46

7th Water Conference

Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea, Paolo Angelini,,, +39 334 6381914

Slovenian Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Luka Štravs,


The ForumAlpinum 2018 and the 7th Water Conference as an integrated part of it are organised by the International Scientific Committee on Alpine Research (ISCAR) in cooperation with the Platform “Water management in the Alps” of the Alpine Convention and the Subgroup 3 “Integrated and sustainable water management” of Action Group 6 of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP).





Financial support
The ForumAlpinum 2018 is supported by


ForumAlpinum 2018 & 7th Water Conference
4.- 6. June 2018

Conference Center Breitenwang (Austria)