Issue Brief
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The UN-SDGs for 2030: Essential Indicators For Groundwater

Series:
Editor: 
Stephen
FOSTER
Richard
CARTER
Gillian
TYSON
Author: 
William
ALLEY
Sean
FUREY
Ralf
KLINGBEIL
Seifu
KABEDE
Ricardo
HIRATA
Organizer: 
Bruce
MISSTEAR
Antonio
CHAMBEL
John
CHILTON
2017-03

KEY MESSAGES
• groundwater is a key resource for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030 — but is still weakly conceptualised in the SDG Indicators
• there is a strong case for defining new ‘groundwater resource status indicators’ for SDG Targets 6.3, 6.4 and 6.6, because groundwater resources are integral to these but not dealt with adequately at present
• there is urgent need to strengthen current data collection protocols to focus more clearly on the level, types and modes of groundwater use for municipal water-supply and direct drinking water-supply
• professional appraisals of ‘source design and integrity’ will be a critical for assessing the achievement of SDG Target 6.1, given constraints on field monitoring
• professional assessment of groundwater status, trends and risks will be required to interpret the condition of the resource base, whose sustainability is essential for achievement of SDG-6

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