C2 – Freshwater abstraction
The total volume of freshwater abstracted annually from natural sources (surface and groundwaters), provided in total, by economic activity and as a percentage of renewable freshwater resources – water exploitation index (WEI).
Freshwater abstraction from natural sources
(million cubic meters)
The volume of freshwater abstraction from natural sources is estimated from the data of the state statistical report 1-water (Ministry of Environment) «Report on water use» submitted by legal entities which:
- are engaged in special water use in compliance with permits for special water use or integrated environmental permits;
- operate water recycling systems with water consumption of more than 5 cubic meters per day without special water use.
The official statistical information on water statistics is classified by economic activity:
- for 2006-2015: the National classification of the Republic of Belarus «Kinds of Economic Activity» ОКРБ 005-2006 (compliant with NACE Rev.1.1) was used;
- starting from 2016: the National classification of the Republic of Belarus «Kinds of Economic Activity» ОКРБ 005-2011 (compliant with NACE Rev.2.0) is used.
Official statistics based on the state statistical report 1-water (Ministry of Environment) «Report on water use»;
The data producer is the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus.
Relevance of the indicator:
The indicator provides a measure of the freshwater abstracted from natural sources, as well as the pressure on the environment in terms of the abstraction of freshwater resources.