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Atlas of Our Changing Environment

The Atlas of Our Changing Environment publications use a combination of ground photographs, current and historical satellite images, and narrative based on extensive scientific evidence to illustrate how humans have altered their surroundings and continue to make observable and measurable changes to the global environment. These publications underscore the importance of developing, harnessing and sharing technologies that help provide deeper understanding of the dynamics of environmental change. The words and pictures within the publications also serve as a vivid reminder that this planet is our only current home, and that sound policy decisions and positive actions by societies and individuals are needed to sustain the Earth and the well-being of its inhabitants.

"A thorough documentation of the nature and extent of the many ways humans have impacted our planet"

  • This Arab Region Atlas of Our Changing Environment uses evocative imagery and informative descriptions to tell a story of prominent environmental change across 22 Arab countries over the last 50 years. While this atlas documents the commonalities shared by these nations, it also highlights the unique challenges each country faces in the 21st century.

     

    2013
  • Complete with up-to-date maps, recent and historical satellite images, ground photographs, data tables, graphs and compelling storylines, the Kenya Wetlands Atlas provides a vivid depiction of the state of Kenya's wetlands.
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    2013
  • The Atlas of Rwanda's Changing Environment is a visual account of Rwanda's state of natural resources revealed through maps, current and historical satellite images, aerial and ground photographs as well as narrative based on extensive scientific evidence.

     

    2012
  • The Latin America and the Caribbean Atlas of our Changing Environment shows environmental changes based on remotely sensed images acquired by different satellites over many years, or a few days in some cases, and through images, maps, tables, graphs and text, it presents a picture of where Latin America and the Caribbean has been, and where it is now.


    2010
  • This Atlas is a visual account of Africa's endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images. It gathers information about water in Africa and its role in the economy, development, health, food security, transboundary cooperation, capacity building and environmental change into one comprehensive volume.


    2010
  • The Uganda Atlas of Our Changing Environment, prepared by the National Environmental Management Authority of Uganda, provides extensive scientific evidence of Uganda's changing environment. Modelled after Africa: Atlas of our Changing Environment the Uganda Atlas seeks to safeguard the country's environment and inspire decision makers to action.


    2009
  • Through the use of satellite data, photographs, graphics and site-specific case studies, this atlas highlights environmental change in Kenya. It looks at the country's mountains, forests, water bodies and national parks, chronicling the evolution of the country's environment over the last few decades and the ecological challenges and opportunities facing the country.


    2009
  • Increasing concern on how human activities impact Africa's environment has led to documentation and quantification of the changes. Through ground photographs, current and historical satellite images, and narrative based on scientific evidence, this atlas illustrates how humans have altered their surroundings and continue to make changes to Africa and its environment.


    2008
  • The dramatic and, in some cases, damaging environmental changes sweeping Africa's lakes are brought into sharp focus by this atlas. It compares and contrasts environmental change in and around the lakes by using spectacular satellite images of the past few decades compared with contemporary ones.



    2006
  • One Planet, Many People is intended for environmental policy makers, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academics, teachers and citizens. This colorful and approachable atlas contains photographs, satellite images, maps and narratives that provide insights into the many ways people around the world have changed the environment.


    2005

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