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FAO's three main goals are: (i) the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; (ii) the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and (iii) the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations. To support these goals, Article 1 of its constitution requires FAO to "collect, analyse, interpret and disseminate information related to nutrition, food and agriculture".

Thus AQUASTAT started, with the aim to contribute to FAO's goals through the collection, analysis and dissemination of information related to 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

Who we are:

The part-time core team of the AQUASTAT programme consists of, in alphabetical order:

  • Karen FRENKEN:
    AQUASTAT programme manager/supervision/all topics (2003-present)
  • Virginie GILLET:
    country updates/thematic studies/guidelines (2004-2005; 2012-present)
  • Amit KOHLI:
    strategy/data & metadata/visualizations/projects (2008-present)
  • Cecilia SPOTTORNO:
    country updates/regional analyses/training (2008-present)

Depending on resources available, other people contribute to the programme for specific durations and tasks related to, among others: information technology (IT), cartography and geographic information systems (GIS), design, translation, topical studies. National experts contribute to country updates.

AQUASTAT collaborates with IWMI on the wastewater topic and with the University of Bonn on the global map of irrigation areas.

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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