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The United Nations World Water Development Report 2022: Groundwater; Making the Invisible Visible
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris | 2022 | 225 p.
ISBN 978-92-3-100507-7 (eng); ISBN 978-92-3-200252-5 (fre); ISBN 978-92-3-000158-2 (ita)
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© UNESCO 2022

The 2022 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report, titled “Groundwater: Making the invisible visible”, describes the challenges and opportunities associated with the development, management and governance of groundwater across the world. The report addresses groundwater-related issues from the perspective of the three main water use sectors (agriculture, human settlements and industry), as well as its interactions with ecosystems and its relation with climate change. It highlights different regional perspectives and presents a number of response options concerning data and information, policy and planning, management and governance, as well as financing.

The United Nations World Water Development Report is UN-Water’s flagship report on water and sanitation issues, focusing on a different theme each year. The report is published by UNESCO, on behalf of UN-Water and its production is coordinated by the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme. The report gives insight on main trends concerning the state, use and management of freshwater and sanitation, based on work done by the Members and Partners of UN-Water. Launched in conjunction with World Water Day, the report provides decision-makers with knowledge and tools to formulate and implement sustainable water policies. It also offers best practices and in-depth analyses to stimulate ideas and actions for better stewardship in the water sector and beyond.


Resource Type: 
Case studies and research papers
Programme reports and evaluations
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental
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Water resources management; Groundwater; Sustainable development goals; Climate change; UN-Water