Project Monitoring Network

Africa isn’t only suffering from water shortage

... but also fram data shortage.

Experts in water resources management agree in this evaluation. The continent cannot revert to a multi-national hydro-meteorological measuring network, and organisations of development associations and planners often have the problem that no or insufficient hydro-meteorological data are available. But these data are of great importance for a sustainable water resources management and agricultural planning. Comparision of density of weather stations in Germany and Africa.

Available water deposits are often not recorded

Available water deposits are often not recorded in their quantitative, qualitative, geographical and seasonal allocation.
When data are gathered they are often not stored centrally, they are not made accessible and they are not analysed. When data are available they often do not cover the whole region or they cannot be compared. In order to use the gathered data, they need to be converted into internationally standardised units (SI-units).

The negative effects of inadequate data can be avoided

The negative effects of inadequate data can be avoided on a long-term basis.
Experts need to know where, when and how much precipitation, drain and groundwater recharge can be expected. This is the basis for a sustainable planning in the area of water resources management, agriculture, hydro power generation, erosion control, etc.