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AFRICA - Atlas of Our Changing Environment

As the age-old adages say, “A picture is worth a thousand words” and “Seeing is believing”, this stunning 390-page “Africa: Atlas of our Changing Environment” is a unique and powerful publication which brings to light stories of environmental change at 104 locations spread across every country in Africa.  There are 316 satellite images, 319 ground photographs and 151 maps, along with informative graphs and charts that give a vivid visual portrayal of Africa and its changing environment.  Using current and historical satellite images, the Atlas provides scientific evidence of the impact that natural and human activities have had on the continent’s environment over the past several decades.  The observations and measurements of environmental change illustrated in this Atlas help gauge the extent of progress made by African countries towards reaching the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.  More importantly, this book contributes to the knowledge and understanding that are essential for adaptation and remediation.  This UNEP publication should be of immense value to all those who want to know more about Africa and who care about the future of this continent.

This Atlas answers the following questions:

  • What is the status and trend of environment in Africa?
  • What are transboundary issues which needs international cooperation?
  • What are important environmental issues in each of African Countries?
  • What progress countries have made towards MDG7?
  • What is “scientific evidence” of significant local environmental changes in countries?
  • What and where are place based early warning of emerging issues?
  • What are some interesting facts and figures about African countries?

This Atlas was produced in cooperation with a number of organizations in Africa and the United States and is to be released at the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) meeting in Johannesburg on 10 June 2008.

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