GROUNDWATER Making the invisible visible

The ninth edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2022) shines a spotlight on groundwater, calling attention to its specific roles, challenges and opportunities in the context of water resources development, management and governance across the world.

The WWDR 2022 seeks to explore the importance of groundwater for sustainable development and shed some light on the policy and management actions that need to be taken, not only to ensure the perenniality of the resource, but also to maximize the many opportunities it offers in a rapidly changing world of rising water demand and limited, often vulnerable, freshwater resources. It describes the challenges and opportunities associated with the development, management and governance of groundwater across the world. It aims to establish a clear understanding of the role that groundwater plays in daily life, of its interactions with people, and of the opportunities for optimizing its use in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of this largely available yet fragile resource. 

This Report is published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on behalf of UN-Water, and its production is coordinated by the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). Gratitude goes to UN-Water Members and Partners and other Contributors that made the content preparation of this Report possible.