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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Development Agenda do not, as a rule, account explicitly for the significant role that groundwater plays and will continue to play in sustainable development. This report unpacks and highlights this role through consistent analysis of the interlinkages between groundwater and the SDG targets. Interlinkages are classified into either ‘reinforcing’, ‘conflicting’ or ‘mixed’ – depending on whether achievement of an SDG target will have predominantly positive, negative, or mixed impact on groundwater. The interlinkages are also classified into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’, depending on how strong and direct the impacts on groundwater from achieving the SDG targets may be. The report suggests a structured way to improve the visibility of groundwater in the SDG framework as it continues to develop.

Read the report here.

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