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African water resource database
GIS-based tools for inland aquatic reource management
The AWRD data archive includes 28 thematic data layers drawn from over 25 data sources, resulting in 156 unique datasets. The core data layers include: various depictions of surface waterbodies; multiple watershed models; aquatic species; rivers; political boundaries; population density; soils; satellite imagery; and many other physiographic and climatological data types. The case studies presented in this publication illustrate how the AWRD archive and tools can be used to address key inland aquatic resource management issues such as the status of fishery resources and transboundary movements of aquatic species. This publication by no means cover all the issues that could be resolved using the AWRD, but they do provide a solid reference base for inland aquatic resource management in Africa. This first part presents a general overview and is addressed to administrators and managers while the second is written for professionals in technical fields.