GEMS/Water: A 50 year History

GEMwater-50-years-history

Source - UN Environment ProgrammeThis document presents the mission, activities and achievements of GEMS/Water during its 50 years history, summarizing reports and studies published at international level and by institutions and scientists in participating countries. It also looks ahead to some of the challenges for global water quality monitoring and the strategies and activities needed to help achieve good ambient water quality as the programme continues to evolve.

Today, improving ambient water quality globally is one of the ambitious targets set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (target 6.3). Comprehensive and up-to-date monitoring data on ambient water quality are indispensable for decision makers to ensure availability and sustainable management of water resources for both human uses and healthy aquatic ecosystems.

Reliable monitoring data on a world- wide basis and long-term temporal scale are also required for shaping global environmental policies and for science-based assessment of complex ecological issues.

This document presents the mission, activities and achievements of GEMS/Water during its 50 years history,

summarizing reports and studies published at international level and by institutions and scientists in participating countries. It also looks ahead to some of the challenges for

global water quality monitoring and the strategies and activities needed to help achieve good ambient water quality as the programme continues to evolve.


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