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Water is a valuable natural resource whose protection and sustainable use is of great importance. Natural water resources must be used carefully and sustainably. The largest consumer of water worldwide is agriculture. Agriculture, and organic farming, in particular, therefore has a special responsibility to use water carefully.

Bio Suisse and Naturland have been working together on the subject of water for many years. In the course of this cooperation, the guidelines have been and are also being adapted.

Today the Aqueduct water risk filter with the indicator "water depletion", is the reference for both associations for the classification of farms located in regions with scarce water resources. You can check if your farm is in a region with scarce water resources here:


Tailored water management

Naturland and Bio Suisse pose special requirements for farms located in regions with scarce water resources. This only applies to farms that use irrigation, not to farms that use only rainfed agriculture. The core of the additional requirements for farms with irrigation is the creation of a water management plan, including documentation of water use and irrigation practice, proof of legality for all water sources and a risk assessment. This water management plan has been fundamentally revised and updated and from 2021 both associations will use the same water management plan. Farms, which are certified under Bio Suisse and Naturland standards now only must create one water management plan.


Even though Naturland and Bio Suisse now have the same water management plan, the two associations currently still use different procedures regarding evaluation and certification of water management. The aim of the cooperation is mutual recognition regarding water management, and we are optimistic that this will also be implemented in 2023.


Let's start the conversation

If your farm is in a region with scarce water resources, Naturland will contact you soon and provide you with information about the water management plan and the additional requirements. If you have any questions regarding the new water management plan, feel free to contact the international department of Naturland or get more information here.