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The Sustainable Development Goals Policy Briefs highlight a hotspot of environmental concern. The evidence provided builds on the scientific data and information hosted on the online platform Environment Live and is complemented by stories from around the world. Readers are invited to explore the numerous clickable links throughout the Brief.
Freshwater ecosystems such as lakes and rivers are primarily affected by over-extraction, dumping of waste, discharge of wastewater and climate change. These ecosystems are essential for human health, biodiversity, and the functioning of other ecosystems on land and at sea. They provide important goods and services and are necessary for the replenishment and purification of water resources. By covering the entire water cycle and addressing the sustainability of water and sanitation access by focusing on the quality, availability and management of freshwater resources, SDG 6 acknowledges these links..
|6.3.2||Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality .|
|6.5.1||Degree of integrated water resources management implementation (0-100).|
|6.6.1||Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time.|
Through the Integrated Monitoring Initiative, UN Water is the overall coordinator for SDG 6.