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AQUASTAT is FAO's global water information system, developed by the Land and Water Division. It contributes to FAO’s mandate to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

We collect, analyze and disseminate information on water resources, water uses, and agricultural water management, with an emphasis on countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

What we offer:

Standardized data and information: To provide you with evidence to measure progress and to substantiate your decisions

Tools: To allow you to generate your own analysis and conclusions, articles and presentations

Capacity development: To improve your understanding and monitoring of water resources, uses, and irrigation management

Concretely, this means that we offer data, metadata, reports, country profiles, river basin profiles, regional analyses, maps, tables, spatial data, guidelines, and other tools on:

  • Water resources: internal, transboundary, total
  • Water uses: by sector, by source, wastewater
  • Irrigation: location, area, typology, technology, crops
  • Dams: location, height, capacity, surface area
  • Water-related institutions, policies and legistation

Further reading:

For a quick overview of the AQUASTAT programme, click on the 'Information brochure' below (also available in French and Spanish). For a more indepth look at the AQUASTAT programme, click on the information note 'Understanding AQUASTAT'.

Information brochure       Understanding AQUASTAT

A non-exhaustive selection of entities whose water-related publications, databases, models and websites are heavily based on AQUASTAT (in alphabetical order):

  • CIA Country Fact Sheets
  • Global Water System Project
  • Growing Blue Tool
  • Maplecroft Global Risk Atlas and Water Stress Index
  • Millennium Development Goals Water Indicator 7.5
  • SHOW, World's Global Resource Mapping
  • The Coca Cola Company Freshwater Sustainability Analyses
  • The Pacific Institute World's Water Resources
  • UNEP Africa Water Atlas
  • UNEP Arab Region Atlas of Our Changing Environment
  • UNEP Global Environment Outlook
  • UN-Water Statistics
  • Water for Food, Water for Life
  • WBCSD Global Water Tool
  • WHO-IHPH Atlas on Water and Health
  • World Bank Data
  • World Resources Institute Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas
  • World Water Development Reports Indicators

Your access to AQUASTAT and use of any of its information or data is subject to the terms and conditions laid down in the User Agreement.

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