Most of the natural water courses in the Alps have been drastically altered and degraded. Only 10% of Alpine rivers are - at least partly - in natural or near-natural conditions.
As a result, the Alps have experienced major losses in freshwater biodiversity, the deterioration of natural flood retention capacity, river bed deepening, and the fall of groundwater tables. This poses immediate problems for both conservationists and water managers alike.
What We Do
WWF is involved in a number of river restoration projects across the Alps. The aim is to restore and protect valuable freshwater habitats and species and to promote the sustainable management of Alpine water systems. WWF is also working to protect stretches of ‘pristine’ rivers that have not yet been affected by human development.