Knowledge Note

"The latest generation of satellites can support international development by helping countries to better measure and manage their water resources."

The final report from EO4SD-Water outlines how the latest generation of satellites can support international development assistance by helping countries to better measure and manage their water resources. The report provides examples of how the EO4SD initiative has supported development projects in Africa (Sahel, Africa Horn, Zambezi), Asia (Myanmar and Lao PDR), and Latin America (Peru and Bolivia) by delivering EO information and services in response to stakeholder requirements for water resources monitoring and management at local, national and basin levels.

Examples include  - 

  • Mapping and monitoring water reservoirs (Zimbabwe)
  • Irrigation management & planning (Niger)
  • Water license compliancy (Malawi)
  • National flood frequency (Myanmar)
  • Monitoring water occurrence for pastoralism (Horn of Africa)
  • Wetland extent for SDG reporting (Uganda)
  • Water quality and levels (Peru and Zambia)

These EO use cases plus many more were designed and demonstrated in cooperation with international development aid agencies (cf. World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank) and their client state partners.