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==[http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/main/index.stm FAO AQUASTAT]==
 
==[http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/main/index.stm FAO AQUASTAT]==
  
[http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/main/index.stm FAO AQUASTAT] is the FAO’s global information system on water and agriculture. It provides data for countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, with a special emphasis on agricultural and irrigation water use.  
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[http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/main/index.stm FAO AQUASTAT] is the FAO’s global water information system, providing data for countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, with a special emphasis on agricultural and irrigation water use. AQUASTAT is widely used as a source of information on groundwater use.  
  
AQUASTAT produces [http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/countries_regions/index.stm country profiles] with general information on the geographical and economic situation of each country, and more detailed information on surface water and groundwater resources, water use, and water management. The aim is to describe the particularities of the country and problems relating to the development of the water resources and, in particular, irrigation. There is information on irrigation trends; existing policies and legislation relating to water use in agriculture; possible treaties and agreements between countries; and prospects for water management in agriculture are presented.  
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AQUASTAT provides [http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/countries_regions/index.stm country profiles] with general information on the geographical and economic situation of each country, and more detailed information on surface water and groundwater resources, water use, and water management. The aim is to describe the particularities of the country and problems relating to the development of the water resources and, in particular, irrigation. There is information on irrigation trends; existing policies and legislation relating to water use in agriculture; possible treaties and agreements between countries; and prospects for water management in agriculture are presented.  
  
 
===AQUASTAT Data - Sources and Analysis===
 
===AQUASTAT Data - Sources and Analysis===
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However, it should be recognised that these data are not comprehensive, and cannot give a complete picture of groundwater use. In particular, keep in mind the following:
 
However, it should be recognised that these data are not comprehensive, and cannot give a complete picture of groundwater use. In particular, keep in mind the following:
 
:-AQUASTAT does not include any information on domestic water use from distributed water sources - e.g. boreholes/tubewells, dug wells or springs. In much of Africa, this is the main use of groundwater - traditionally in rural areas, and increasingly in urban areas.
 
  
 
:- The date of the statistic. Older data may now be out of date.
 
:- The date of the statistic. Older data may now be out of date.
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Explanations of some AQUASTAT variables, including all those quoted in the Atlas, are given in the tables below. These are based on the FAO AQUASTAT [http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/data/glossary/search.html?lang=en glossary].
 
Explanations of some AQUASTAT variables, including all those quoted in the Atlas, are given in the tables below. These are based on the FAO AQUASTAT [http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/data/glossary/search.html?lang=en glossary].
  
''Note that the units quoted in the Atlas and in the table below may be different from those quoted in AQUASTAT.''
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Note that the units quoted in the Atlas and in the table below may be different from those quoted in AQUASTAT.  
  
 
'''Key groundwater resource statistics'''
 
'''Key groundwater resource statistics'''

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