strategy

Assessing water quality

Synonyms:
Monitoring water quality
Context:
This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities. Agenda 21 recommends that such systems should be established and operated.
Facilitated by:
Ensuring water programmes use local expertise
Issuing public forecasts of flood and drought
Applying standards to ensure data compatibility
Establishing national water resource priorities
Establishing national archives on water resources
Strengthening water resource assessment programmes
Developing appropriate water management technology
Establishing national databases for hydrological data
Improving facilities for collecting hydrological data
Developing global models to help assess water quantity
Developing sound recruitment for water resource agencies
Identifying national needs for water resource management
Strengthening capabilities for water resource assessment
Increasing cooperation among agencies in the water sector
Closing the gap between terrestrial hydrology and ecology
Identifying water resource data requirements for planning
Applying proven techniques for processing hydrological data
Assessing adequacy of water resource data collection networks
Strengthening education programmes for all water resource staff
Strengthening managerial capabilities of local water user groups
Implementing water resource policies based on realistic assessment
Strengthening information networks on water quantity and quality data
Closing the gap between hydrological flows and biogeochemical processes
Using hydrological data to derive water resource estimates for specific areas
Preparing comprehensive catalogues of water resource information at different sources
Increasing cooperation of riparian countries for assessing transboundary water resources
Values:
Quality
Type Classification:
F: Exceptional strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation