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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Progress on achieving SDG 6

2020 Voluntary National Review

Bulgaria stated that the environmental potential of the country is rated as “good” or “very good” in the European Commission 2019 Report for only 46% of all classified river bodies of water. Bulgaria reported to face some challenges with river basin management - mainly regarding monitoring, pressure assessment, and methodologies. The country also reported that the goal of sanitation for all is not achieved everywhere because of outdated, incomplete, or nonexistent sanitation networks in some settlements.  

Bulgaria has outlined several initiatives for sustainable development regarding SDG 6. The Regional Master Plans (RMPs) for Water Supply and Sanitation for the whole country, ranging in periods from 2014 to 2038, which will assess water supply and sewerage systems and identify areas needing investment. They have further identified measures for investment in settlements that require wastewater treatment, as well as developed a National Plan for the Management of Sewage Sludge from Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants (over the period of 2014-2020). Bulgaria reported to have allocated investments of 2,145 million EUR for the appropriate collection and treatment of urban wastewater. The final projects are planned to be completed by 2023. 

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*The information reflected on this page has been taken directly from the official VNR received from this Member State. The information does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations.