Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds


The vision of the Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds (WPMMW) is to promote sustainable development in mountain watersheds with the view to enhance resilience to climate change and natural disasters, and to ensure the long-term provision of environmental services by watersheds for both upstream and downstream areas.



Working Groups

Soil conservation, water management, restoration of degraded lands and torrent-control in upland watersheds are important challenges which require the collaboration of all the actors involved in the rational utilization of soil and water resources. The Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds is a country-driven technical body under the umbrella of the European Forestry Commission (EFC) that was established back in 1950.


The Working Party is continuously confronted with emerging issues of global importance and needs to remain relevant and active in its activities. The new Governance and Strategy foresee thematic or regional Working Groups which allow the Working Party to respond to different emerging needs and priorities within the European region. Currently, there are groups working on Forest & Water and Hazards and Disaster Risk Mangement in Mountains.



30th session of the Working Party | 22 - 24 September 2015

Mountain Watersheds and Ecosystem Services:

Balancing multiple demands of forest management in head-watersheds

The 30th session of the EFC WP MMW was held in Pieve Tesino (Italy), 22-24 September 2015. The event focused on the importance of ecosystem services, and best practice examples on how to balance their provision and use. The programme is available on the homepage and presentations are available in the section biennual sessions. The final report in English, French, Spanish and Russian will be available in the same section by end of january 2016.

last updated:  Wednesday, December 16, 2015