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By Committee on the Geographic Foundation for Agenda 21, Committee on Geography, Mapping Science Committee, National Research Council

In 1992, international leaders followed schedule 21, the paintings programme of the 1992 UN convention on setting and improvement. This landmark occasion supplied a political starting place and motion goods to facilitate the worldwide transition towards sustainable improvement. The overseas group marked the 10th anniversary of this convention in Johannesburg, South Africa, in August 2002. "Down to Earth", an element of the U.S. nation Department's "Geographic details for Sustainable improvement" undertaking for the realm Summit, makes a speciality of sub-Saharan Africa with examples drawn from case-study areas the place the U.S. corporation for overseas improvement and different corporations have vast event. even if African nations are the geographic concentration of the learn, the file has broader applicability. "Down to Earth" summarizes the significance and applicability of geographic information for sustainable improvement and attracts on stories in African international locations to check how destiny assets and purposes of geographic facts may supply trustworthy aid to decision-makers as they paintings in the direction of sustainable improvement. The committee emphasizes the possibility of new applied sciences, equivalent to satellite tv for pc remote-sensing platforms and geographic info structures, that experience revolutionized info assortment and research because the Nineties.

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Consequently, in order for developing countries in Africa and elsewhere to use geographic information to address sustainable development issues it is critical that (a) the importance of certain fundamental framework geographic information datasets is recognized, and (b) the current status and likely future availability of this geographic information is identified. This committee is not alone in recognizing the need for fundamental (or framework) geographic information for multiple applications.

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2 Burkina Faso, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Somalia, (southern) Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. S. Department of Agriculture. 4AGRHYMET stands for AGRiculture, HYdrology, METeorology (1) the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET), (2) U. N. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), (3) U. N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), (4) Environmental Information Systems-Africa (EIS-Africa), and (5) the Collaborative Research Support Programs (CRSP).

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