About the Global Environment Monitoring System

The Global Environment Monitoring System (GEMS Water) provides the world community with sound data on fresh water quality to support scientific assessments and decision-making on the subject. Surface and ground water quality monitoring data collected from the global GEMS Water monitoring network is shared through the GEMStat information system.

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Capacity Development

GEMS/Water provides appropriate support, based on capacity needs at national and regional levels, and develops training for delivery in countries all over the world.

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Freshwater Quality in the Agenda 2030

Within UN Environment GEMS/Water was identified as being the mechanism to support countries to fulfill their reporting obligations with regard to freshwater quality within the framework of the 2030 Agenda.

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Highlights

Launch of the Snapshot Report on the World's Water Quality

UN Environment's World Water Quality Assessment: A Snapshot of the World’s Water Quality: Towards a Global Assessment report was launched during the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, on 30th August 2016.

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GEMS/Water at the Africa Water Week, July 2016, Dar-es-Salaam

Representatives from the GEMS/Water team participated in the 6th Africa Water Week that took place from the 18th to the 22nd of July 2016 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

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GEMS/Water Workshop - Ambient Water Quality: Monitoring for Management

At the beginning of November 2016 the GEMS/Water team hosted a workshop at United Nations Offices Nairobi (UNON).

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Publications

Draft Work Plan (2016-17) of the Global Environment Monitoring System (Water) Programme, UNEP GEMS/Water

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Water Quality Assessments - A Guide to Use of Biota, Sediments and Water in Environmental Monitoring - Second Edition

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Technical Advisory Paper No.2: Goals and Targets for Global Water Quality Assessment

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Technical Advisory Paper No. 3: Future Needs in Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment

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Water Quality For Ecosystem and Human Health

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Global Water Quality Index Report

Global Drinking Water Quality Index Development and Sensitivity Analysis Report
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Water Quality for Ecosystem and Human Health

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