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African water resource database. Technical manual and workbook


Titre : African water resource database. Technical manual and workbook

GIS-based tools for inland aquatic resource management

Auteur(s) : Jenness, J. ; Dooley, J. ; Aguilar-Manjarrez, J. ; Riva, C.
Publisher : FAO
Date de parution : 2007
Pages : 308

This study is an update of an earlier project led by the Aquatic Resource Management for Local Community Development Programme (ALCOM) entitled the “Southern African Development Community Water Resource Database” (SADC-WRD).

Compared with the earlier study, made for SADC, this one is considerably more refined and sophisticated. Perhaps the most significant advances are the vast amount of spatial data and the provision of simplified and advanced custom-made data management and analytical tool-sets that have been integrated within a single geographic information system (GIS) interface.

The publication is presented into two parts to inform readers of various levels of familiarity with the benefits of spatial analyses for aquatic resources management.
* Part 1 is divided into two main sections :
(1) The first section is aimed at administrators and managers with only a passing knowledge of spatial analyses but who would be interested to know the capabilities of the African Water Resource Database (AWRD) to assist with their decision-making. They may be department or division heads in government, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations. Thus, a few examples of decision-making at this level based on spatial analyses from AWRD are described.
(2) The second section is addressed to professionals in technical fields who may actually or potentially employ the results of spatial analyses in their work. They may be in international organizations, government, universities or in the commercial sector. The case studies best serve to inform them of AWRD capabilities.
* Part 2 is also divided into two main sections :
The first section is written for spatial analysts in government, international organizations or the private sector.
The second is for university teachers and students who may wish to use AWRD for educational purposes. This section includes a workbook with exercises, offering educational possibilities of AWRD.

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