FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS

The world’s freshwater ecosystems are among its most productive, yet threatened ecosystems. They are central to people’s well-being but are also highly vulnerable to natural disasters including climate change and the impacts of human activities such as pollution, infrastructure development and resource extraction. Well-managed, healthy freshwater systems support sustainable development and human well-being.

UNEP’s Freshwater Operational Strategy  guides its work on freshwater resources  management.

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UNEP collaborates with UN-Water, whose main purpose is to complement and add value to existing UN programmes and projects by facilitating synergies and joint efforts, so as to maximize system-wide water-related action and coherence as well as effectiveness of the support provided to Member States.

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UNEP contributes to meeting the dedicated water goal - SDG 6, which aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. It contains six technical targets and two additional targets on means of implementation.

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UNEP's  freshwater activities are built around 3 main priorities : water quality, water-energy-food Nexus (within a productive landscape) and capacity building for (transboundary) watershed management

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Events

  • IWA Development Congress and Exhibition, Amman (Jordan). 18-22 October 2015
  • "Water for Development" , World Water Week in Stockholm (Sweden), 23-28 August 2015
  • High Level International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade for Action "Water for Life", 2005-2015, in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), 9-11 June 2015.
  • 7th World Water Forum, Daegu (Korea) 12-17 April 2015

Contact Us

For further information about the Freshwater Ecosystem Unit, you can contact us at:

Freshwater Ecosystems Unit (FEU)
Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI)
United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP)
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
P.O. Box 30552, 00100
Nairobi, Kenya

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