Africa water atlas

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Africa water atlas
Non IUCN Publication

This Atlas is a visual account of Africa’s endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images as well as some 500 graphics and hundreds of compelling photos. However, the Atlas is more than a collection of static maps and images accompanied by informative facts and figures: its visual elements vividly illustrate a succinct narrative describing and analyzing Africa’s water issues and exemplifying them through the judicious use of case studies. It gathers information about water in Africa and its role in the economy and development, health, food security, transboundary cooperation, capacity building and environmental change into one comprehensive and accessible volume. UNEP undertook the production of this Atlas at the request of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) and in cooperation with the African Union, European Union, United States State Department, United States Geological Survey and other collaborators. Case studies are included for 53 countries, highlighting the salient water issues each faces and tallying the progress they have made towards the Millennium Development Goals’ water-related targets. They underscore the still highly inadequate access to potable water and proper sanitation in most countries. These stories are also complemented by useful information about novel strategies and tools that could help to overcome obstacles (from physical, to technical and political) to achieving these targets.

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Nairobi : UNEP, 2010
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xi, 314p. : ill., maps
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Record created: 2013/09/13
Record updated: 2020/04/10