SDG 6

 

 

Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Targets to be of relevance for Austria in the context of meetPASS:
6.1 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
6.6 By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

Integrating climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning (SDG 13.2) could affect the achievment of SDG 6 or vice versa.
Possible relationships between these two SDGs are given below.
Please read each suggested relationship/claim/hypothesis and indicate your assessment of them.

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Climate change measures may be used to justify further expansion of hydroelectric power which endangers freshwater and river ecosystems.
How would you assess this relationship/claim/hypothesis?

Increasing the price for groundwater extraction of industry may reduce water consumption and thus also the energy required for water treatment
How would you assess this relationship/claim/hypothesis?

Most of Austria’s moors and peatlands are drained. The protection of freshwater ecosystems may reduce this risk providing opportunities to act as a climate buffer, sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.
How would you assess this relationship/claim/hypothesis?

A change in the current Austrian diet to more cereals, rice and potatoes, vegetables and fruit, substantially may reduce the Austrian water footprint of consumption.
How would you assess this relationship/claim/hypothesis?