This assignment entails the write-up of an issue brief on SDG 6 monitoring in Myanmar with Earth Observation (EO) technologies. Based on the status of data availability in Myanmar and the potential of innovative technologies and datasets, examples are given of how current knowledge gaps can be addressed. In addition, recommendations for future data collection and indicator assessment are provided. The issue brief should support UNDP Myanmar in carrying out its activities to support implementation of the SDGs, and in engaging with Civil Society Organizations in Myanmar to achieve this objective.
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 seeks to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for all, focusing on the sustainable management of water resources, wastewater and ecosystems. The targets associated with SDG 6 are to be achieved by monitoring and improvement of several indicators. Assessment of these indicators requires a considerable amount of data, which are in many countries not readily available. Also in Myanmar, challenges are posed to the national statistical system to collect, manage and report the necessary input data. As the Myanmar branch of the lead UN development agency, UNDP Myanmar carries out activities to support implementation of the SDGs. Acknowledging the recent political developments in Myanmar, more than ever it is important to explore innovative sources of data to support monitoring and evaluation of progress towards the SDGs. FutureWater was contracted to produce an issue brief which explores the availability of geospatial data, in particular derived from Earth Observation (EO) from satellites, to monitor 4 water-related SDG indicators.