Rivalry Based Communities in Europe’s Water Tower

The Valmaggia and the Seetal Valley in Switzerland
  • Corine Mauch
  • Peter Knoepfel
Part of the Environment & Policy book series (ENPO, volume 41)


Due to the fact that precipitation in Switzerland is approximately twice the average European value, that some six percent of Europe’s total freshwater stock is stored in Swiss water bodies, and due to its geographical position in the central European Alps, Switzerland is described as the ‘water tower’ of Europe. Nevertheless, water management in Switzerland currently faces several challenges. The most important ones are: (1) the problem of increasing competition of (mostly heterogeneous) rival uses of water; (2) the problem of water quality (related to diffuse pollution); (3) the question of minimum residual flows (mainly in the context of hydropower production); (4) the problem of the increasing imperviousness of soils in settlement areas; and (5) the question of natural hazards relating to water and of protective measures respecting ecological needs.


Water Basin Water Policy Direct Democracy Residual Flow Water Protection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Corine Mauch
    • 1
  • Peter Knoepfel
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Hautes Études en Administration PubliqueLausanneSwitzerland

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