Spatial data

This section contains several downloadable spatial datasets. These digital datalayers are being used by FAO for regional, continental and global spatial analyses related to the field of water resources and irrigation.

Regional datasets:

Maps in GeoNetwork: GeoNetwork is an opensource depository that allows users to share geographically referenced thematic information between different organizations.
Downloadable maps: Maps of hydrological basins and rivers, downloadedable in .png format.
Basins, rivers and dams in Google Earth: A google .kml file, suitable for viewing basins, rivers and dams in Google Earth. Click on each point for information about each dam.

Region Hydrological basins Rivers
Africa *      


 Southern and Eastern      
 Western (Middle East)      


 Australia and New Zealand      

* In addition to the above, the following spacial datasets are available in GeoNetwork:
  1. Inland water bodies
  2. Irrigation cropping pattern zones
  3. Irrigation figures

Also check the Geo-referenced dams database and the Global map of irrigation areas page for more spatial information

Global datasets:


Go to AquaMaps for another presentation of AQUASTAT's global online spatial database on water and agriculture.

More geographically referenced thematic information can be found at GeoNetwork.

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