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Review of the literature is an essential starting point for any endeavour in GIS, remote sensing, or mapping. Yet, reviews are often incomplete for lack of access to the material, and consequently projects experience durations that are longer and costs that are higher than need be because the accumulated knowledge has not been tapped and taken advantage of. This page sets out to mitigate that problem. It is a gateway to the literature that represents much of the accumulated global experience on using GIS, remote sensing and mapping to solve problems and issues in marine fisheries with emphasis on EAF.

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TitleJenness, J.; Dooley, J.; Aguilar-Manjarrez, J.; Riva, C. African Water Resource Database. GIS-based tools for inland aquatic resource management. 2. Technical manual and workbook.
AuthorJenness, J.; Dooley, J.,;Aguilar-Manjarrez, J.; Riva, C.
Date03 September 2007
Content Language(s)English
Abstract / DescriptionThe African Water Resource Database (AWRD) is a set of data and custom-designed tools, combined in a geographic information system (GIS) analytical framework aimed at facilitating responsible inland aquatic resource management with a specific focus on inland fisheries and aquaculture. It thus provides a valuable instrument to promote food security.

The AWRD data archive includes an extensive collection of datasets covering the African continent, including: surface waterbodies, watersheds, aquatic species, rivers, political boundaries, population density, soils, satellite imagery and many other physiographic and climatological data. To display and analyse the archival data, it also contains a large assortment of new custom applications and tools programmed to run under version 3 of the ArcView GIS software environment (ArcView 3.x).

The database allows integration of different types of information into a cohesive program that, because of its visual nature, is easy to understand and interpret. Creative applications of these tools and data could deepen our understanding of inland aquatic resource management and be of immediate value in addressing a wide variety of management and research questions.

The AWRD was designed based on recommendations of the Committee on Inland Fisheries for Africa (CIFA) and is both an expansion and 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).

The publication is presented in two parts in order better to inform readers of various levels of familiarity with the benefits of spatial analysis for aquatic resources management. The first part describes the AWRD and is divided into two main sections. The first presents a general overview and is addressed to administrators and managers while the second is written for professionals in technical fields. The second part is a “how to” supplement and includes a technical manual for spatial analysts and a workbook for university students and teachers.

The primary AWRD interface, toolsets and data integral to the function of the AWRD are distributed in two DVDs accompanying part 2 of this publication, and are also available for download from FAO’s GeoNetwork and GISFish GIS portals. A more limited distribution of the above primary database/interface, but divided among ten separate CD-ROMs, is available upon request from the Aquaculture Management and Conservation Service of FAO. Also, high resolution elevation datasets and images amounting to 38 gigabytes are available upon request.

Publication LocationRome, Italy
Spatial Tool GIS
Country AFRICA
Species Common NameNot applicable
Species Scientific NameNot applicable
Organism Division (FAO ISSCAAP) Freshwater fishes
Production System Inland Fisheries; Aquaculture
Water System All inland waters
Main Sector Training; Resources; Multisectoral Planning; Fisheries; Environment
Main Issue Addressed Training
Series TitleCIFA Technical Paper. No. 33
Volume/Issue NumberPart 2
Number of Pages308
63 Topics - 1825 Knowledge Objects - 451 Members - 6 Editors
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