Climate change and drinking water
RIVM, working in collaboration with other institutes, has mapped out the effects of climate change on drinking water supply. This detailed assessment has been included in the National Adaptation Strategy (2016).
'Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages' (UN). RIVM has been promoting public health and safeguarding the environment in the Netherlands for over 100 years. Our knowledge, research and practical tools and resources contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 3.
'Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns' (UN). RIVM is investigating the environmental burden and health impact of Dutch dietary habits and how they can be improved by adapting food products and/or by choosing alternative foods. We also maintain a strong focus on socially responsible buying habits and re-use of waste products, also referred to as the circular economy. In doing so, we contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 12.
'Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts' (UN). Climate is changing all over the world, including the Netherlands. How can we lead safe, healthy lives in a changing climate? RIVM assesses the impact of climate change on health, infectious disease and the environment. We also conduct research on climate adaptation and disseminate relevant knowledge. In doing so, we contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 13.
'Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable' (UN). RIVM works in various ways to make cities healthier and improve urban quality of life. We are also monitoring air quality and working on solutions to reduce air pollution. RIVM also addresses the role of water and green spaces in relation to health and well-being in growing urban areas in the Netherlands and Europe. In doing so, we contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 11.
'Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development' (UN). Many of the challenges in public health and the environment demand an international approach. Therefore, we actively seek collaboration abroad. Through collaboration with UN organisations including the WHO and within EU frameworks we contribute to achieving the SDGs worldwide.
'Ensure access to water and sanitation for all' (UN). RIVM develops and provides access to knowledge about water quality and health, such as the quality of drinking water and bathing waters, as well as protecting sources of potable water. This combination of knowledge makes RIVM a unique resource in the Netherlands and in Europe. We disseminate our knowledge far and wide, thus contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 6.
'Safe, healthy and sustainable food for everyone' (UN). RIVM contributes to this goal with knowledge, research and practical tools. What we eat and how our food is produced has a major impact on public health and the environment. RIVM provides the facts and figures on current dietary habits in the Netherlands and their effects on safety, health and sustainability. RIVM also investigates and substantiates initiatives to improve the safety, health and sustainability of our food, taking it to a higher level.