Water Footprint & UN-Sustainable Development Goals

The global cotton textile industry affects the achievement of the UN Sustainable development goals (UN-SDGs) in its producing, delivering and consuming countries in various ways. Future scenarios are pointed out and assessed within the project in order to estimate the effects of technical and institutional measures in the areas of cotton farming, fabric processing and waste water treatment both on the product level (Water Footprint) and on a regional scale (UN SDGs for Punjab, Pakistan).

The water footprint approach will be extended to include a region-specific inventory database and an impact assessment method that models the impact of the cotton textile industry on water scarcity, human health, ecosystems and freshwater resources in the Punjab and links it to selected target indicators of the UN sustainability goals (e.g. Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, one of the goals that are strongly affected by Pakistan´s cotton textile industry). The analysis of different scenarios then gives an insight into the effect which the reduction of the water footprint of the cotton textile industry can have for achieving the UN sustainability goals.

The transferability to other producing countries will be assessed with Turkey as an example.