Effective reporting of progress towards indicators that measure, monitor and report progress on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated targets are getting more and more important. This will require the use of multiple types of data, including traditional national accounts, household surveys and routine administrative data as well as new, nationwide sources of data outside the national statistical system. This can be provided through satellite Earth observation and geospatial information.
The project is consistent with the upcoming monitoring requirements in the context of SDG indicator 6.6.1 “Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time”. It also recognizes the critical importance of supporting developing countries in strengthening the capacity of national statistical offices and data systems to ensure access to high quality, timely, reliable and disaggregated data.