Sustainable Development Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
Atlantic salmon are an anadromous species, migrating from salt water to fresh water to spawn. (Photo by Hans-Petter Fjeld)
Established in 2012, the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address global challenges related to the environment, health and equality, creating a blueprint for a better world. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is helping, through our projects, to reach five of the SDGs.
Water is essential for life. The United Nations states that we must protect and restore water-related ecosystems in order to limit water scarcity.
At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), we not only want to protect our sources of drinking water, but also understand how these sources interact with one another. We believe that by better understanding nature, we will be better equipped to protect and adapt to our environment, laying the foundation for a sustainable future.
That is why we’ve teamed up with Marie Larocque, Water and Land Conservation Chair at the Université du Québec à Montréal. This chair, which was recently established, aims to better understand the role of groundwater in supplying water to natural environments.
In Quebec, groundwater is a major source of drinking water. "Our research will help to better understand how our land use affects the sustainability of water resources,” explains Marie.
A number of conservation organizations, including NCC, are contributing to this major project by making their properties available for study by researchers associated with the chair.
Did you know?
NCC is working with several researchers who are trying to understand the ways in which our environment is evolving. For more information, visit our research web page (in French only).
How to help
To contribute to NCC’s research efforts, click here.