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Vital to plan ahead

Maps are vital for the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR to run emergency operations for hundreds of thousands of refugees and for planning. Maps can depict the location of a forcibly displaced population in an accurate way or the lay-out and infrastructure of a refugee camp. They can also show the environmental impact that settlements of displaced men, women and children have on surrounding areas. Maps are prepared using archives, satellite imagery, global positioning systems and computer technology, especially Geographic Information Systems.

The UN refuge agency allows the use of these maps by governments and other partners, academics, the media and the general public provided UNHCR is credited and the maps are not altered in any way.

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