The first global map of tropical shallow water has been created through joint effort of NASA and NOAA. Nearly 44,000 SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor) scenes collected over five years were processed to 1 sq.km cells by NASA Space Flight Center using algorithms developed by NOAA for water shallower than 20-30 meters. NOAA is working with the UNEP World Consdervation Monitoring Centre to use this data set to improve the database of coral reef locations used in ReefBase.
Microfinance Groups Need to Learn from Bangladesh Experience
by Nduru, Moyiga, Inter Press Service News Agency
28 December 2005
South Africa's microfinance institutions face stiff competition from loan sharks who prey on the vulnerable, especially in the townships where a majority of the country's poor live, say microfinance experts.