United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Cyprus

Progress on achieving SDG 6

Cyprus is among the EU Member States with the least available water per capita and remains vulnerable to climate change due to droughts and water scarcity. Cyprus offers excellent quality of drinking water and Government initiatives aim to continuously improve the reliability of the water sources for domestic and irrigation uses.

The use of non-conventional water resources, such as desalination units and water reuse, are being promoted to address and improve the reliability of the water sources for domestic and irrigation uses.

The pandemic had a rather positive impact on the challenge of water supply, due to the sharp decline in tourism activities. This decrease in water demand consequently led to less desalinated water, thus protecting the environment from a highly polluting activity. Climate change is exacerbating the country’s need to improve water management processes.

Key projects are underway: Two domestic water supply projects, two projects for recycled water, and three master plans as a stable resource used for irrigation and recharge of aquifers to manage seawater intrusion, or for later abstraction for irrigation use are under way.

Read the full report here: VNR_Report_Cyprus

 

*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.

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