Monitoring SDG6 on water and sanitation


Water and sanitation highlights

Ecuador is the home of some 16.6 million people and many thousands of animal and plant species, as well as a developing economy driven by commodities such as petroleum and agricultural products. The country is divided into four geographical regions, with very different climates: the coast, with a tropical climate including a heavy rain season and the country’s most fertile and productive land; the dry highlands, harboring the Andean mountains, volcanoes and the capital Quito; the Amazon rainforest, made up of large national parks but also the largest reserves of petroleum; and the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The country is further divided into nine water basins, with the Andes as the main watershed divisor from which rivers emerge and flow either westwards to the coast or eastwards to the rainforest. In terms of drinking water and sanitation, Ecuador has done good progress during the MDG era, and the majority of the population has access to basic services. Challenges include a heavy dependency on the central government for investments in the sector, intermittent water supply and a large portion of non-revenue water.

Work on SDG 6 and monitoring

During 2017, Ecuador nationalized the methodologies for monitoring SDG 6 global indicators and identified which institutions that are responsible for generating different types of data, as well as which data that already exist and where the gaps are. Challenges include intersectoral coordination as well as the need for funds and capacity building.

Data are used to inform the National Water Plan, which outlines a portfolio of projects for implementation.

Involved institutions

Responsible for monitoring is the National Water Secretariat and the Ministry of Environment, in coordination with the Commission on Environmental Statistics of the National Institute for Statistics and Censuses.

Ecuador has the highest biodiversity per square kilometer in the world, and was the first country to recognize the rights of nature in their constitution. Photo credit: Martin Zeise, Creative Commons Attribution

Learn more…

…about Ecuador’s work on SDGs by listening to the panel discussion below, and by exploring the poster to the right.

Panel discussion on implementing SDG 6 monitoring at the country level, including the Ecuador perspective

Panel discussion: Implementing SDG 6 monitoring at the country levelParticipators: Parag, Ministry of Industries, Bangladesh; Carolina Noboa Fernandez, Water Secretariat, Ecuador; Ali Subah, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Jordan; Bocar Abdallah Sall, Ministry of Hydraulics and Sanitation, Senegal; Fabia Hüsler, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland

Gepostet von UN-Water am Dienstag, 21. November 2017