As we approach the mid-point of the UN SDGs, it is important to note that several countries within sub-Saharan Africa are off pace for attaining the 2030 objectives. This is true for the most basic water and sanitation targets of SDG-6 (on water), and it is even more so when considering the affiliated pollution control, avoided overuse, integrated water management, and ecosystem integrity components of the Goal. In this context, several important calls to action on the joint use of nature-based infrastructure with traditional engineering  for sustainable water development have materialized across the highest levels of government, business, and civil society. The imperative considers moving from a nearly sole reliance on engineering to blended green-gray systems that could serve as mutually reinforcing water management levers. By working directly with regional policy experts and translating basic research findings produced by the eNetwork partners into a simplified portfolio of water management tradeoffs and options, decisionmakers can rapidly evaluate the risks and tradeoffs of their future decisions. As but one example of the eNetwork’s science-to-practice aims, we build on existing affiliations with government representatives, for example, as convened by the Secretariat of a multi-national sustainability effort (Gaborone Declaration). Others included below.

Links to Policy-oriented Sustainable Development Initiatives

Below you will find web links to helpful relevant policy websites. 


News and stories about biodiversity and how it underpins our lives and well-being from the United Nations.

Climate Change

The official page of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

Disaster Risk Reduction

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 outlines seven clear targets and four priorities for action to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risks.

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

IPBES is to perform regular and timely assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services and their interlinkages at regional and subregional levels under deliverable 2(b) of the first IPBES Work Programme.

Sustainable Development

The Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) acts as the Secretariat for the SDGs.

The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA)

The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa stemmed from a 2012 summit with visionary, corporate leaders and heads of states of nine African countries including the host country, Botswana.

Wetlands Conservation

The Convention on Wetlands is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.