UCC gets funding for Clean Water ProjectUCC

The lack of clean water and sanitation affects millions globally. Now, funding has been approved for researchers at UCC to help improve the lives of people across the world.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, based in the Environmental Research Institute at UCC, was founded in 2015 to provide global capacity development in water quality monitoring and assessment.

Now, it has been awarded $750,000 (approx. €624,000) in additional funding by UNEP from donations provided by the Irish Government, to continue its work with partners in more than 100 countries, from six world regions to support its role to improve water quality and the ability to monitor and manage it.

The importance of good quality freshwater for health and development has recently been highlighted by the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the associated Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). The SDGs, which provide a blueprint for achieving a more sustainable future for all, list Goal 6 as ‘clean water and sanitation for all’; among the indicators outlined to help achieve this goal, is good ambient water quality.

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