Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

According to the UN, water and sanitation are at the very core of sustainable development, critical to the survival of people and the planet. Goal 6 not only addresses the issues relating to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, but also the quality and sustainability of water resources worldwide.

Examples on research from UCPH addressing goal 6: 

Pathways to water resilient South African cities

This project aims to identify opportunities for supporting the integration of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) as nature-based solutions (NBS) for increased water supply and water quality within the urban water system as part of a broader transition towards water sensitive futures in the cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. The research will include physical experimentation with and evaluation of storm water harvesting for Managed Acquifer recharge (MAR) as decentralised water treatment infrastructure in Cape Town and an experimentation with, and evaluation of, the implementation of Water Sensitive Urban Design as nature-based solutions in Johannesburg. Additionally the aim is to assess how such solutions can be integrated with conventional water infrastructure as well as explore the governance processes necessary for enabling such integration of infrastructure and for supporting the emergent transitions to water sensitive futures in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

You can read more about Pathways to water resilent South African cities.

Primary Sustainable Development Goals: 6

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Upgrading Pangas and Tilapia Value Chains in Bangladesh (BangFish)

Growth in aquaculture is important because it can help alleviate poverty by providing food and creating jobs in Bangladesh.

The purpose is to promote green growth in freshwater pangas/tilapia aquaculture by providing knowledge on how to improve water quality and farm management and exploit the market potential for farmed fish through value chains functioning. Focus is on water quality since pangas/tilapia might include contaminants, offflavors and be a bit yellow, not white, as preferred by the consumers at export markets.
Farm management, governance of value chains, knowledge on domestic/ international markets and on fish quality can improve the basis for sustainable growth, increase value added and prepare the sector for export, thereby providing livelihood for locals and foreign exchange.

You can read more about BangFish (Danish only) and on the project website.

Primary Sustainable Development Goals: 6, 8

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Water Resilient Green Cities for Africa (WGA)


The WGA project is funded by DANIDA. Three universities, one from Denmark and two from Africa, participate in the project. It is led by the University of Copenhagen.
The project investigates the options for using landscape based stormwater management (LSM) as a core element for increasing the climate resilience of larger African cities and for providing inclusive urban green spaces, and better local planning and governance. Vulnerable human settlements can be made more resilient by means of adaptive urban landscapes that can cope with changing precipitation patterns and the increased risk of floods and droughts.

You can read more about WGA.

Primary Sustainable Development Goals: 6, 11

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