UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. Today, we want to highlight how Earth Observation can help to improve this global issue either by direct observation of specific indicators for progress monitoring or by provision of better information to support IWRM and positive progress on specific targets. This paper prepared for last year’s Land & Poverty conference at World Bank summarize the contributions of EO4SD in supporting World Bank funded development projects on the African continent in order to promote sustainable land and water management practices and as support for the monitoring requirements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Unfortunately, this year’s World Water Day stand in the shadow of the devasting floods caused by cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The severity and extent of the flooding around the city of Beira in Mozambique has been captured by Copernicus Sentinel data as shown in the video below. Such flood maps represent a very valuable source of information for the disaster response to Idai and other destructive cyclones, which are expected to become more frequent with climate change.
Click to view video of flooding caused by cyclone Idai arond the city of Beira in Mozambique: