Global monitoring of water quality in response to the Mar del Plata Action plan of March 1977 is performed regularly by the UNEP/UNESCO/WHO/WMO Global Freshwater Quality Monitoring Programme.
|Title||Earthwatch Global Environment Monitoring System WHO/UNEP report on water quality : progress in the implementation of the Mar del Plata Action Plan and a strategy for the 1990s|
|Year of Publication||1991|
|Authors||WHO -Geneva, CH, World Health Organization, Nairobi, KEUNEP-|
|Pagination||79 p.: fig., tab.|
|Publisher||UNEP GEMS/WATER Programme|
|Place Published||Geneva, Switzerland|
|Keywords||evaluation, policies, recommendations, regional level, water pollution, water quality, water quality monitoring, water resources|
Global monitoring of water quality in response to the Mar del Plata Action plan of March 1977 is performed regularly by the UNEP/UNESCO/WHO/WMO Global Freshwater Quality Monitoring Programme. This progress report contains a general summary of the water quality conditions per region, along with regional recommendations. For example, in Western Asia, conservation and desalinization are among the major issues, while in the Americas, pollution from mining areas and toxic organic chemicals play more of a role. The main concerns for global water quality, as presented in the global synopsis, include among others, pollution from heavy metals, organic pollution, pesticides, microbiological pollution, saltwater intrusion and desalinization, sediment loading and the modification of natural waterways. The global strategy for water quality management is presented in the last chapter of the report.