FAO SDG Indicator 6.4.1 - Change in water-use efficiency over time

FAO SDG Indicator 6.4.1 - Change in water-use efficiency over time

The course provides guidance on the rationale and the main characteristics of Indicator 6.4.1, and on how to compute the two dimensions constituting the indicator: the hydrologic and the economic component. It also highlights possible challenges related to data availability, and the impact that monitoring results may have on national decision-making and identification of development policies.


This course is primarily intended for those who play a role in data collection, analysis and reporting on SDG Indicator 6.4.1, as well as for people with an interest in the process. They include:

  • Decision makers, policy planners, donors
  • Program directors
  • Technical specialists in national institutions in charge of SDG monitoring, including water experts, statisticians, environmental specialists or economists

You will learn about

  • The context of SDG 6, Target 6.4 and the positioning of Indicator 6.4.1 within the system of SDG goals and targets
  • Data requirements to compute the indicator and challenges related to their availability
  • How to compute and interpret Indicator 6.4.1
  • The importance of implementing an effective mechanism of data verification and quality control and assurance of the monitoring process

Course Structure

The course consists of 3 lessons, ranging from approximately 35 to 55 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1  Introduction to SDG 6, Target 6.4 and Indicator 6.4.1
  • Lesson 2  Change in water-use efficiency over time
  • Lesson 3  Step-by-step of the monitoring process