GEMS/Water looks back at a very fruitful and interesting Africa Water Week, which is the highest level political event in the African region on the topic of water. This year’s meeting was the 7th iteration of the biennial event and took place in Libreville, Gabon. GEMS/Water was represented by colleagues from all three GEMS/Water partner centres: Kilian Christ from the Global Project Coordination Unit (Nairobi, Kenya), Stuart Warner from the Capacity Development Centre (Cork, Ireland) and Dmytro Lisniak from the Data Centre (Koblenz, Germany).
Vital for people, planet and prosperity, water and sanitation are in the focus of the new Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation (SDG 6) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Based on the global indicator framework developed by the country-led Interagency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEGSDGs), the Integrated Monitoring Guide assists national governments in monitoring progress towards SDG 6. Contributing to the global ambition of target 6.3 to “improve water quality” by 2030, indicator 6.3.2 provides a step-by-step methodology to monitor and improve the ambient water quality of inland waterbodies. A current version of the indicator, developed i.a. by Philipp Saile and Dmytro Lisniak from the UN Environment GEMS/Water Data Centre at the ICWRGC, is available here: