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.
The update of the Central Asian countries - Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turmenistan, Uzbekistan - is in its final stages. Specifically, the AQUASTAT team has gathered all the data, is in the last steps of gathering feedback and approval from national authorities and institutions, as well as requesting comments from experts.
The update of South American countries has started. Specifically, the AQUASTAT team is in the process of gathering data from countries and performing first-level quality control.
Irrigation water use is being evaluated, based on irrigated crop calendars, for 167 countries. New data will become available on harvested irrigated crop areas, on irrigation water requirement and on irrigation water withdrawal.
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.
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.
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. A proposal for Phase II is under preparation 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.
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. The countries currently selected for the project are: Bangladesh, Chile, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Oman, Philippines, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, Zambia. Find out more details at the UN-Water page.
AQUASTAT provided key data for the 4th edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR-4), launched at the World Water Forum 6 in Marseille in March 2012, and coordinated the preparation of Chapter 18 (Volume 2) on "Managing water along the livestock value chain". Find out more details at the WWDR-4 page.
AQUASTAT provided key data for, and major inputs into, the flagship publication of FAO’s Land and Water Division "The state of the world’s land and water resources for food and agriculture: managing systems at risk". Find out more details at the SOLAW page.
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