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.


31st session of the EFC Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds

 Management of municipal watersheds in mountain regions

4-6 September 2017 | Prague, Czech Republic

The theme of the session will focus on the management of municipal watersheds in mountain regions, with special attention to impacts of long-term investigations in headwater catchments, on participatory watershed management and land-use policy. The aim is to identify environmental benefits of headwater control and to discuss uncertainties in estimating hydrological characteristics (water yield, runoff timing, probability of extreme events, water quality, and ecological discharge) and water scarcity in mountain catchments by changing climate and land-use.  A planned field excursion will be organized on 6 September to visit headwater basins of the drinking water reservoirs Josefuv Dul and Sous in the Jizera mountains (Northern Bohemia).






last updated:  Wednesday, January 23, 2019