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Committee Chair

Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Fang Ren, Ph.D.


A Web map application was developed to disseminate information on the locations of freshwater springs and their status in Western Ethiopia. Ethiopia suffers an insufficient clean water supply. Only one-third of the rural population has access to safe drinking water. Various organizations have been involved in protecting water springs, but these efforts were not well coordinated due to the lack of spatial information about the locations of springs and their status in the area of intervention. The Tropical Health Alliance Foundation (THAF) is one of the organizations that have been committing its efforts and funds to protect springs in Western Ethiopia. THAF identified the need to improve communication by virtue of a Web-based interactive mapping in order to help coordinate interventions and attract more funds from various donors by providing better information shared over the Web. A Web GIS application proves to be an effective tool for ensuring water security for Ethiopia in the coming years.

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Web Mapping for Conservation of Natural Springs: Sayo District, Ethiopia (Poster)


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