The Africover project, on which the GLCN programme has built its success,
was established to develop a digital georeferenced database on
land cover and a geographic referential for the whole of Africa
including geodetical homogeneous referential, toponomy, roads
Methodologies, operational procedures and
software tools for the land cover analysis in the Africover
program have been developed through the Africover Eastern
Africa module under the financing of the Italian Cooperation.
The Africover Eastern Africa module
has been operational in the period 1995-2002. It was signed by
Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt,
Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Reinforcing national and subregional capacities for the
establishment, update and use of land cover maps and spatial
data bases is the core strategy of Africover. Hence, the
purpose of Africover is to produce the geographic
information required for decision making, planning and natural
resources management in African countries.
The Africover project was established in response to a number of
national requests for assistance to the development of reliable
and georeferenced information on natural resources required
at subnational, national and regional levels.
The Multipurpose Africover Database for the Environmental
Resources (MADE) is produced at a scale of 1:200,000 and at
1:100,000 for small countries and specific areas.
Data generated by the programme which are publicly available can be
downloaded through the FAO's geo-catalogue: GeoNetwork. You can use the following shortcut filters: