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Data Tool: Watersheds of the World CD

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:48 AM
Contributors: Jean Brennan

This report for the first time presents and analyzes a wide range of global data at the watershed level, assessing 154 watersheds around the world. The analysis focuses on watershed, as ecological units and on the risks of degradation from human activities, which may undermine their ability to provide ecological services and maintain intact the biodiversity found within them. The analysis is based on 15 global indicators that characterize watersheds according to their value, current condition, and vulnerability to potential degradation. These indicators, presented in more than 150 maps, give a unique global perspective on the largess transboundary watersheds, as well as many smaller basins and sub-basins. The CD provides maps of land cover, population density and biodiversity for 154 basins and sub-basins around the world. It lists indicators and variables for each of these basins and, where appropriate, provides links and references to relevant information. It further contains 20 global maps portraying relevant water resources issues. To start navigating through the CD, visit the Watersheds of the World_CD Web site at http://multimedia.wri.org/watersheds_2003/" or http://www.iucn.org/themes/wani/eatlas/. You will find colored buttons that function as a menu to select individual basins by continent. Each continental menu provides access to both, interactive maps and lists of basins per continent through which you can access individual basin profiles. There is also a button for the global indicator maps. 2003

The link address is: http://pubs.wri.org/pubs_description.cfm?PubID=3818

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