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Draft UNFC Supplemental Specifications for Groundwater Resources

Public Comments Open until 15 January 2024 (extended deadline) (COMMENTS CLOSED)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Expert Group on Resource Management (EGRM) is pleased to present for public comment the draft document “Draft United Nations Framework Classification for Resources Supplemental Specifications for Groundwater Resources”. 

Effective reporting of groundwater resources is crucial for policy formulation, resource management, and decision-making that aligns with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) is a global system countries and practitioners use to manage various resources. UNFC is designed to apply to all resource projects to enhance resource management and enable better-informed decisions. Its generic specifications are intended to standardize resource project reporting and quantity across diverse resource types. However, each resource has its community of professionals with their definitions and standards. This Supplemental Specifications for Groundwater Resources document is intended to provide groundwater practitioners with technical guidance on how to apply UNFC to groundwater resource projects. The audience for these specifications are resource managers and groundwater professionals with appropriate expertise and relevant experience in groundwater project operations, as well as groundwater quantity and quality estimation.


Cover Letter from Chair of EGRM Groundwater Resources Working Group and Director of the UNECE Sustainable Energy Division

Draft UNFC Supplemental Specifications for Groundwater Resources 


The public comment period opened on 1 November 2023 and will close cob 15 January 2024 (new extended deadline). (COMMENTS CLOSED)

How to submit comments? (COMMENTS CLOSED)

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All comments will be made available to the public – anonymous submissions are not accepted. Comments sent via e-mail will be posted on the UNECE website. All comments received will be posted without change; personal identifying information will not be edited from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly.

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