Africa South Africa Botswana Senegal Mali Burkina Faso Kenya Tanzania Zambia



Land Use and Environmental Maps of Africa



The map on the right is a map of the World Meteorological Organization, United Nations Environment Programme, Climate Change (2001). It was prepared for the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and it provides the most accurate delineation of arid and semi arid areas in Africa. It gives an overview of the African continent and it was used to delineate the arid and semi-arid areas in each of the case study countries of the project.

  • Click anywhere on the map to see it with its original size.
  • Click on a specific country to access its profile.




The maps below also give overviews of the areas that are unavailable and unsuitable, of the primary roads and railways, and of the populated areas. For an accurate analysis of the case study countries, please click on one of them on the map on the right.









The following maps have been developed under the COMPETE project by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa.




Arid and semi-arid areas in African countries





Spatial extent of Global Land Covers in Africa



Land covers unsuitable for bioenergy crops in Africa



Protected areas unavailable for bioenergy crops




Areas under food or cash crops unavailable for bioenergy crops



Areas that are unsuitable and /or unavailable for bioenergy crops in sub-
Sahara’s arid and semi-arid regions.



Primary roads in arid and semi-arid sub-Saharan Africa



Railway lines in arid and semi-arid sub-Saharan Africa



Populated places in arid and semi-arid sub-Saharan Africa