WaPOR, remote sensing for water productivity

Geographical coverage

The area covered by WaPOR, FAO’s portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open-access of Remotely sensed derived data, is at continental level (Level I), at country and river basin level (Level II) and at irrigation scheme level (Level III).

The continental level (Level I - 250 m ground resolution) includes Northern and sub-Saharan Africa and the Near East (roughly a square of -30W, -40S, 65E, 40N).

The national and sub-national / river basin level (Level II - 100 m ground resolution) includes the following countries and areas:

Countries: Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, Jordan, Ghana, Kenya, South Sudan, Mali, Benin, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, Uganda, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Yemen, Iraq, Niger and Sudan.

For these countries, land and water productivity are monitored while distinguishing agricultural areas under irrigated or rainfed agriculture.

River Basins: Jordan / Litani, Nile, Awash and Niger.

For these river basins, water accounting through remote sensing is applied to assess the extent to which water productivity increases have an effect on different water users.

The irrigation scheme and sub-basin (Level III - 30 m ground resolution) focuses on the following areas:

Bekaa (Lebanon), Koga and Awash (Ethiopia), Office du Niger (Mali), Zankalon (Egypt), Busia County (Kenya), Lamego (Mozambique) and Gezira (Sudan).

WaPOR data coverage at all three levels of spatial resolution and areas of interest: