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Selection of current initiatives


    This page gives a rough idea of the progress that is being accomplished by the AQUASTAT team. Check back often, or subscribe to the AQUASTAT RSS feed.




  • Update of Southern, Central and Northern America Countries
  • The update of the twelve Southern and seven Central America countries is ongoing. Specifically, the AQUASTAT team is in the process of gathering data from countries and performing first-level quality control. The update of Mexico in Northern America is in its final stages.

  • Update of the geo-referenced dams database
  • The update of the geo-referenced dams database is in its final stages. Data will become available in Excel files, in GeoNetwork and in Google Earth and can be queried by region and by country. Notes and references with explanations are being prepared.




  • Enhancement of information on municipal wastewater
  • A thorough review of data on municipal wastewater production, collection, treatment, discharge or direct use for irrigation purposes is in its final stages. Additional wastewater variables are being included in the online country database and a dedicated web page will be created.


  • Update of the global map of irrigation areas
  • The update of the global map of irrigation areas is in its final stages. The countries of Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania have been finished and the countries of Asia are about to be finalized.


  • Inclusion of metadata in the main country database
  • The adjustment of the main country database to include metadata is in is final stages and it will become possible to query nine categories of metadata.




  • UN-Water Federated Water Monitoring System & Key Water Indicator Portal
  • This UN-Water project, implemented by AQUASTAT, uses information technology to improve data sharing and interpretation. This will ultimately ameliorate transparency and the quality of water statistics across UN, while increasing the efficiency of data procurement. Phase I of this project has been successfully completed and the Key Water Indicator Portal is online. Phase II is in the beginning phase and will improve the KWIP's machine-readability and the connections between each agency and the KWIP. Find out more details at the UN-Water page.


  • UN-Water Country Briefs
  • The overall objective of this UN-Water project, impemented by AQUASTAT, is to better visualize the critical importance of "investments in water" for human and economic development by providing a wide range of water-related information in a simple format. Briefs have been prepared for: Bangladesh, Chile, the Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Oman, Philippines, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, Zambia. Find out more details at the UN-Water page. The briefs were launched at the World Water Week 2013 in Stockholm. The issue of water data and the water data crisis is the topic of an Interview, given on 11 September 2013.


  • Contribution to World Water Development Report 5
  • AQUASTAT is providing key data for the 5th edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR-5), and especially for the section on "Water, Energy, Food and Agriculture". Find out more details on the WWDR at the WWDR page.


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