GeoNetwork - The portal to spatial data and information - FAO
About the FAO GeoNetwork
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.
Through this website FAO facilitates multidisciplinary approaches to sustainable development and supports decision making in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and food security.
Maps, including those derived from satellite imagery, are effective communicational tools and play an important role in the work of various types of users:
- Decision Makers: e.g. Sustainable development planners and humanitarian and emergency managers in need of quick, reliable and up to date user-friendly cartographic products as a basis for action and better plan and monitor their activities.
- GIS Experts in need of exchanging consistent and updated geographical data.
- Spatial Analysts in need of multidisciplinary data to perform preliminary geographical analysis and reliable forecasts to better set up appropriate interventions in vulnerable areas.
The FAO GeoNetwork allows to easily share spatial data among different FAO Units, other UN Agencies, NGO's and other institutions.
GeoNetwork's purpose is:
- To improve access to and integrated use of spatial data and information
- To support decision making
- To promote multidisciplinary approaches to sustainable development
- To enhance understanding of the benefits of geographic information