EFC Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds
In 1950, European Forestry Commission examined issues related to soil rehabilitation and conservation through rational use of water resources within basins and established the Working Party on Torrent Control, Protection from Avalanches and Watershed Management. A year after this, FAO was asked to provide support to this new Working Party.
The first WP session was held in Nancy, in 1952. Since then, sessions have been held on a regular biannual basis and, up to date, 25 sessions have been carried out. Members of the WP are officially designated by their respective governments. The name of the WP from 1970 onwards has been “The Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds.
Today the WP counts 33 European member countries and a representative of the European Community. The Working Party is chaired on a rotational basis by a member country. FAO provides the Secretariat to the Working Party. The last WP session was held in Salzburg, in 2006. The next session will be organized and hosted by Finland, in Oulu, on 19th - 22nd August 2008.
The topic of the 26 th Session of the Working Party is “Forests, water and climate change in high altitude and high latitude watersheds”. A two-day study tour is on 21st – 22nd August. Topics of the study tour are forestry, peatlands, catchment areas, nature conservation and tourism.