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Data sharing for sustainable development in less developed and developing countries

There is a clear and strong relationship between natural resources and development. This is more evident in developing countries. Decision makers more especially in developing countries have a challenge of implementing policies, laws and strategies which will promote the sustainable utilisation of the resources to realise sustainable development. A key area of decision-making concerns economic and environmental trade-offs, a highly political process (Bullock and Cosgrove, 2009). Developing countries more especially those less developed are not only faced with the challenge of insufficient and unreliable meteohydrologic observation networks but also with the challenge of sharing such data and information. Data and information management is also poor and disseminating data is still a challenge. “We might not have all the information we would like to have before acting, but we do know enough now to begin to take significant steps” (de Gooijer et al., 2009). These challenges have become a hindrance to sustainable development in many nations. These challenges have become a hindrance to sustainable development in many nations. Most developing countries rely on the natural resources for their development. Lives and livelihoods depend on the natural resources for development. Therefore, for this development to be sustainable, a rigorous management including monitoring of the resources is extremely important.

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