A new report by the United Nations University (UNU- INWEH) analyzes the interlinkages between groundwater and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets. The SDGs of the 2030 Development Agenda do not, as a rule, account explicitly for groundwater, but it is clear that groundwater already plays and will continue to play a significant role in sustainable development. Interlinkages are classified into either ‘reinforcing’, ‘conflicting’ or ‘mixed’ – depending on whether achievement of an SDG target will have predominantly positive, negative, or mixed impact on groundwater. The interlinkages are also classified into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’, depending on how strong and direct the impacts on groundwater from achieving the SDG targets may be. The report suggests a structured way to improve the visibility of groundwater in the SDG framework as it continues to develop. The reportis developed by United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) in partnership with other GRIPP Partners: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).
You can read the full report here.