Within the research projects of NRP 61 key aspects of Swiss water man-agement were studied.

Water is an essential element for the life of people, animals, and plants. It also fulfills ecological functions. These functions guarantee the diverse use possibilities and are an essential element to sustain the aquatic ecosystems. Including the public need for drinking water supply, society today depends on this natural resource for many economic activities and activities of daily life.

The National Research Programme “Sustainable Water Management” (NRP 61) developed scientific foundations and methods for sustainable management of water resources, which are under increasing pressure. NRP 61 determined the effects of climate and social changes on these resources and identified the risks and future conflicts associated with their use. The NRP developped strategies for ensuring sustainable and integrated water resources management also in the future.

NRP 61 operated with CHF 12 million for a research duration of four years.

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