SDG6 Clean Water and Sanitation
This site contains links to the activities and tools ESCAP has used to strengthen environment statistics in Asia and the Pacific. It also contains a collection of outputs from these activities. One of the purposes of the self-learning materials is to provide background to reading the guidance documents. Another purpose is to provide insights into policy applications and data sources.
Tracking progress on food and agriculture related SDG indicators 2020: A report on the indicators under FAO custodianship
The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) is a multi-stakeholder platform established in December 2011. The SRP is co-convened by UN Environment and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to promote resource efficiency and sustainability in trade flows, production and consumption operations, and supply chains in the global rice sector.
Bangkok, 14 September 2020 – A new ecolabel launched today by the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) will help shoppers reduce their environmental impact by identifying rice that has been sustainably produced.
With the water sector moving towards smart city integration, internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and the data economy, blockchain technology can provide a future-proof, integrated foundation for water utilities. Currently in IoT systems, all data goes to a single point of security intelligence, which is vulnerable to possible manipulation and hacking.
In river basins throughout the world, rivers connect and pass through urban and rural districts; and groundwater aquifers, which underlie urban and rural areas, are connected to the rivers. Sources of pollution occur in both urban and rural areas: point sources, such as sewer outfalls and industrial discharges, are the main sources in urban areas; while nonpoint sources are generally worse in rural areas, including runoff from agricultural lands and discharges from intensive animal husbandry.
From 2015-2018, the City of Cape Town in South Africa underwent a severe drought resulting in a water crisis. The city set strict water restrictions to avoid what was called “day zero”: the day that six of Cape Town’s rain-fed dams supplying water to the city would become critically low, leading to the shutting of taps and establishment of water collection points across the city.