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National Research Programme "Sustainable Water Management" (NRP 61)

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) will develop scientific foundations and methods for sustainable management of water resources, which are under increasing pressure. NRP 61 will determine the effects of climate and social changes on these resources and identify the risks and future conflicts associated with their use. The NRP will develop strategies for ensuring sustainable and integrated water resources management also in the future.




The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.


The IPCC is a scientific body. It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. It does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis. Review is an essential part of the IPCC process, to ensure an objective and complete assessment of current information. Differing viewpoints existing within the scientific community are reflected in the IPCC reports.


The IPCC is an intergovernmental body, and it is open to all member countries of UN and WMO. Governments are involved in the IPCC work as they can participate in the review process and in the IPCC plenary sessions, where main decisions about the IPCC workprogramme are taken and reports are accepted, adopted and approved. The IPCC Bureau and Chairperson are also elected in the plenary sessions.


Because of its scientific and intergovernmental nature, the IPCC embodies a unique opportunity to provide rigorous and balanced scientific information to decision makers. By endorsing the IPCC reports, governments acknowledge the authority of their scientific content. The work of the organization is therefore policy-relevant and yet policy-neutral, never policy-prescriptive.




ICT-ENSURE (Information and Communication Technologies - Environmental Sustainability Research) is the leading support action in the area ICT for Environmental Sustainability Research.

The main objectives are:
* to extend the network of environmental sustainability research
* and to explore the structure and content of European research programmes relevant for sustainable development.