Map Book Examines Humanitarian Initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa

Redlands, California December 12, 2013— The Sub-Saharan Africa Map Book, published by Esri Press, includes a collection of maps analyzing the region's major social, economic, and environmental issues.

In the foreword to the book, Esri president Jack Dangermond writes, "Our world is in a constant state of change, with many regions facing particularly challenging problems. In Africa, the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent, there are a number of interrelated issues spread across more than 50 countries. Economic instability, social conflicts, spiraling populations, disease, famine, loss of biodiversity, and the effects of global warming are of paramount concern."

The Sub-Saharan Africa Map Bookclearly illustrates how GIS technology is currently being used to improve these conditions. Map titles include, "Forecasting Climatic Variation Parameters for Nigeria," "Biodiversity Conservation Planning," "World Heritage Fund Sites in Africa," "Wetlands Maps and Governance Measures of Rwanda," and "Mapping Humanitarian Aid for Displaced People and Refugees along the Ivory Coast."

As these maps show, GIS technology is an integral tool for change—a platform for sharing information and data—that enables researchers, planners, and communities to work together to build a sustainable future.

The Sub-Saharan Africa Map Book (ISBN: 9781589483385, 96 pages, US$24.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

About Esri Press

Esri Press publishes books on GIS, cartography, and related topics. The complete selection of GIS titles from Esri Press can be found on the web at

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at  


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