Dublin, Ireland, 2 – 3 October 2018
From 2 – 3 October 2018, the GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre (UCC, Cork, Ireland) hosted the SDG 6.3.2 Technical Feedback Meeting at Custom House, Dublin, Ireland. This was the first meeting of its kind to review the methodology of an SDG indicator. Approximately 30 water quality experts from 16 countries attended, including representatives of countries which reported on the indicator, representing all world regions.
The main objective of the meeting was to collect experiences made by the individual countries and provide guidance for the continued improvement of the SDG indicator 6.3.2 methodology (“Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality”) in preparation for the next data drive scheduled for 2021. The feedback focused on seven key aspects, which turned out to be most challenging for the implementing partners in 2017. The results will feed into a report with recommendations on the best way to move forward.
The meeting was kindly hosted by the Irish Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and Irish Aid of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade attended. Additional funding was provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) to support global participation.
The International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change was represented during the meeting by the coordinator of the GEMS/Water Data Center, Philipp Saile.