Workshop “Exploring new data for SMART monitoring of water SDG targets”
Maastricht, Netherlands, 30 November – 1 December 2015 (IHP-HWRP Committees of The Netherlands and Belgium)
The workshop took place in the House of the Regional Government in Maastricht, organised by the Netherlands National IHP-HWRP Committee Secretariat and jointly convened by the National IHP-HWRP Committees of The Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. The event brought together more than 40 scientists, policy-makers and practitioners from the three countries, who analysed the present state of monitoring in their countries, looking into the water-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their indicators.
During the workshop, innovative data collection and monitoring techniques were presented and gaps were identified between what is currently being monitored, and what needs to be monitored to fulfil the monitoring responsibilities of the water SDGs.
Furthermore, the workshop aimed to foster cooperation between the three countries in the field of monitoring and data collection, possibly through joint research programmes. The outcomes of the workshop also contribute to the water programmes of UNESCO (International Hydrological Programme IHP) and WMO (Hydrology and Water Resources Programme HWRP) and provide an entry point for discussions within Ministries about SDG implementation and monitoring.