The aim of the WWQA pre-study was to develop and demonstrate a data and model driven methodology to identify current “hotspots” of deteriorating freshwater quality including
- types, intensity and sources of water pollution,
- potential impacts relating to human health and food security (freshwater fishery),
- main water quality data and information gaps and
- strategies for future monitoring.
The WWQA pre-study, conducted in 2013-2015, was initiated by the UN-Water Thematic Priority Area on Water Quality and led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and conducted in cooperation with University of Kassel – Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR), GEMS/ Water and several regional partners.
The report as PDF with a complete list of authors can be viewed at and downloaded from the WWQA pre-study webpages .