Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

A mechanism to enable governments to establish policy and legal frameworks for addressing deteriorating water quality will be initiated.

Implementation methodologies

UNEP is committed to support the international process for improving global water quality through:

1) Developing International Water Quality Guidelines for Aquatic Ecosystems to serve as a reference for establishing national/regional policy and legal frameworks;

2) Strengthening global process for monitoring, storing and accessing water quality information

3) Keeping the global water quality under review through water quality assessment reports

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


UNWater, Global Water System Project
International Water Quality Guidelines for Aquatic Ecosystems
Fifty percent increase of the global water quality data stored in the GEMS/Water databases
Global Water Quality Assessment Report
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
1,670,000 USD
Financing (in USD)
1,670,000 USD
In-kind contribution
Global Water Quality Assessment Report: $420,000
In-kind contribution
Global Water Quality Monitoring Network: $1,000,000
In-kind contribution
International Water Quality Guidelines for Aquatic Ecosystems: $250,000
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Location: Global
Date of completion: 2015-12-31
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Thomas Chiramba,

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