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Qatar

Progress on achieving SDG 6

The country reports that the proportion of the population with access to clean and safe drinking water and sanitation was 96.2% and 96%, respectively in 2017.

The natural resource challenges are posed by the scarcity of irrigation water and arable land, which amounts to 65 thousand hectares, equivalent to 5.6% of total area of the State.

The arid climate, the high temperatures and the increasing salinity and scarcity of groundwater pose major challenges to the food production system. The planned expansion of local food production will put pressures on the limited natural resources through overfishing and depleting the groundwater, unless unconventional practices are followed in food production, such as hydroponics, greenhouse construction, and the use of advanced technologies in agriculture, livestock and fish production.

Given the availability of safe water and safe sanitation, as well as the availability of cleaning materials for all residents in the State of Qatar, there were no deaths attributed to unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and lack of hygiene throughout the period (2016 -2019).

In the field of water consumption and management, Qatar aims to reduce the loss of drinking water rate to 8% by 2022, minimize groundwater depletion and develop the groundwater aquifer by 2020, and reduce per capita water consumption by 15%.

Read the full report here: VNR_Report_Qatar

 

 

*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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