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The FAO GeoNetwork provides internet access to interactive maps, satellite imagery and related spatial databases maintained by FAO and its partners. It's purpose is to improve access to and integrated use of spatial data and information.

FAO andWFP, UNEP and more recently OCHA, have combined their research and mapping expertise to develop GeoNetwork opensource as a common strategy to effectively share their spatial databases including digital maps, satellite images and related statistics. The three agencies make extensive use of computer-based data visualization tools, known as Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) software, mostly to create maps that combine various layers of information.

GeoNetwork opensource provides them with the capacity to access a wide selection of maps and other spatial information stored in different databases around the world through a single entry point.Through this website FAO facilitates multidisciplinary approaches to sustainable development and supports decision making in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and food security.

The FAO GeoNetwork site is powered by GeoNetwork opensource and allows access to the FAO Core Datasets which are available for download.

The following categories have been used to group the datasets:·

  • ADMINISTRATIVE AND POLITICAL BOUNDARIES·
  • AGRICULTURE AND LIVESTOCK·
  • APPLIED ECOLOGY
  • BIOLOGICAL AND ECOLOGICAL RESOURCES·
  • CLIMATE AND AGROCLIMATOLOGY
  • FISHERIES
  • FORESTRY·
  • HYDROLOGY AND WATER RESOURCES
  • LAND COVER AND LAND USE·
  • POPULATION AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC INDICATORS·
  • SOILS AND SOIL RESOURCES·
  • TOPOGRAPHY

FAO hopes that the whole geospatial user community will find the Core Datasets a valuable contribution to the use of geospatial information for mapping of socio-economic data and environmental related features.

FieldValue
Product Type
Data
Focus Area
Screening, Monitoring & Evaluation
Scope / Extension
Regional
National
Sub-national, Project, & Local/Community level
Sector
Methodological Steps
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
All
Languages
English
License
other-nc
System Requirements
Web-based and a single, platform independent installer allows to install and run the software on a PC or a server on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
Contact Name
John Latham (NRL); Patrizia Monteduro (FAO)
Contact Email
john.latham@fao.org; GeoNetwork@fao.org
Identifier
1908d46e-e2e9-43df-ab26-5443acc5883e
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