Water in Climate Change: A Background Report of CIPRA

Antonio Massarutto
Created: 12/30/2011 -


Within the project “cc.alps – climate change: thinking one step further!” the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps (CIPRA) investigates climate response measures in the Alps. CIPRA compiles information on climate protection activities and adjustments to climate change in the Alps (hereinafter referred to as climate response measures) and analyses the impacts of these climate measures on the environment, economy and society. CIPRA‘s aim is to make climate response measures comply with the principles of sustainable development, to make these information accessible to a broader public, and to warn the public of those measures that have negative effects on nature, the environment, social cohesion and the economy.

The “CIPRA compact” series comprises several thematic publications that take a critical look at climate measures in the Alps. The series covers the following activities in addition to the subject of “water”: energy, building and refurbishing, energy self-sufficient regions, spatial planning, transport, tourism, natural hazards, nature protection, forestry and agriculture.

The Water in Climate Change compact deals with actual and proposed climate change response measures in the water sector. CIPRA’s key concerns about trends in the water sector, given the region’s role as the “water tower of Europe” and the expected impacts of a changing climate, are given in section 2. Section 3 begins with an overview of the water sector and projected impacts of climate change in the region, as well as summarizing other inter-related trends in water management. It goes on to outline how stakeholders are responding to the situation, analyse the climate change response measures and address necessary policy changes. A summary of the situation and the author’s main conclusions are given in section 4. Section 5 details exemplary projects that demonstrate effective ways to respond to climate change (and other inter-related development trends), which are compatible with sustainable development. Relevant references and links are listed in section 6.


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Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Disaster Risk Management
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate climate-smart guidelines into restoration
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Reduce local climate or related change
Design or reform institutions
Increase organizational capacity
Coordinate planning and management
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Infrastructure retrofitting and improvements
Water supply: retrofitting and improvements
Governance and Policy
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Water quality
Water supply