The World Water Quality Alliance: Upping the ante for global ecosystem recovery

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Bryan Spears , Kenneth Irvine, Miquel Lurling , Sandra Poikane, Jason Daniel Russ

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United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) Resolution 3/10 on “Addressing water pollution to protect and restore waterrelated ecosystems” (UNEP/EA.3/Res.10) requested UNEP to develop a global water quality assessment in collaboration with UN-Water and relevant stakeholders, which planted the seed for the World Water Quality Alliance (WWQA). The WWQA Ecosystem workstream on protection and restoration has an initial focus on water quality management in lakes and their catchments, and works on a unifying concept to support the development of novel restoration strategies combining socioeconomic and biophysical evidence to drive the transition from heavily polluting activities towards those that relieve stress on the aquatic environment whilst releasing economic growth. The realization of this vision will work across policy, academic and private sector interests to progress the agenda on global priorities for action, foster new partnerships to support large–scale and transboundary programmes. It will foster collaboration and work with others to develop a Theory of Change for open discussion and to provide an estimate of scale and ambition of water quality management investment and returns currently planned across the world’s lakes in the time period of the UN Decade of Restoration. Initial phase of the work will be to develop a knowledge-sharing platform through the World Environment Situation Room collating evidence on restoration cases. This phase will also produce a White paper to identify key issues and actions for better coordination to protect and restore water quality in lakes, as a first step to wider consideration of other water body types.

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