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Mapping human settlements from space

Our knowledge of the current extent of human settlements is incomplete

Mapping human settlements from space
Mapping human settlements from space
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The Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) is a tool that uses satellite images to map and monitor human settlements. GHSL is able to map and monitor human settlements in a detailed, measurable and globally consistent way. This information supports policies and initiatives to prevent and reduce disaster risk, eradicate extreme poverty and promote sustainable development.

Find out more about the Global Human Settlements Layer

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