Green Map System

Engaging communities worldwide to chart a sustainable future - for all of us! We empower a diverse perspective-changing movement mapping local natural, social and cultural resources in 875 diverse cities, villages and neighborhoods in over 65 countries. Developing local sustainability networks since 1995, Green Map System expands the demand for healthy, green choices with our adaptable, experiential and interactive mapmaking resources and universal icons, multilingual websites, workshops and regional hubs.
Apr 29, 2014

Mangroves and Maps, Together

Introducing tourists to mangrove habitats
Introducing tourists to mangrove habitats

China is now home to dozens of Green Map projects, promoting sustainable lifestyles in many rural and urban communities. We at Green Map System especially appreciate the one initiated by the China Mangrove Conservation Network. Thanks to our Global Giving donors, we can continually support this effort.

Mangroves play a significant role in coastal ecosystems by stabilizing the shoreline, providing protecting to both wildlife and people against waves and hurricanes. In many places in the world, including China, these important trees are being cut down at an alarming rate for firewood and coastal development.

A CMCN staff member, Jessica, described the organization’s work:

Actively promoting the conservation of mangrove forests since 2001, in 2009 CMCN officially registered as a non-governmental organization named the Putian Green Sprout Coastal Wetlands Research Center.

Through the construction of a platform for capacity building, resource sharing and demonstration, our endeavor is to promote governments, corporations and other civic powers to spontaneously, innovatively and effectively take part in the coastal wetland conservation. We expect to see an exuberant coastal wetland ecosystem including the mangroves, in which human and nature could develop together in harmony.

In 2006, CMCN was authorized by Green Map System to develop a Green Map project in the southeast coast of China, home to many mangrove forests. CMCN Green Map project's slogan is "Making a Green Map, protecting the mangroves".

In our opinion, this highly participatory, practical and thought-provoking activity can promote public participation, education for sustainable development (ESD), ecological tourism, community development, reserve planning, volunteer activities, and many other areas and harness participation in all these fields to promote mangrove conservation.

CMCN has published more than 10 Green Maps and several guide books. We have had the opportunity to teach and host many workshops and lectures, involving students and spreading the word about mangrove conservation throughout communities.

CMNC has developed icons (or re-defined global Green Map symbols) that represent the specific environment of the mangrove forests in the region. 

Explore the maps and more at the websites linked below. Our thanks to everyone at CMCN, including Jessica, Liu Yi, and Yiran Sun.

Local icons complement the globally shared set
Local icons complement the globally shared set
CMCN
CMCN's Green Maps are charming and informative

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Apr 29, 2014

Bright News from Green Map

Malmo hosted vegetarian lunch (on real dishes!)
Malmo hosted vegetarian lunch (on real dishes!)

Green Mapmakers are connected online with a listserv, LinkedIn group and via Facebook and Twitter, but it's amazing what happens when we meet in person. We could not have these synergetic moments without homestays, air miles and wonderful hosts. Your support helps us amplify the outcomes of these meetings and do more together to empower communities to address sustainability issues and opportunities. 

In April, 35 Green Mapmakers & prospective project leaders got together in Malmö Sweden. Hosted by our long-time partners at the City, their regional Nature Classroom network, Oresundklassrummet, and our Canadian partners at the Common Ground Network at University of Victoria, this international ‘collaboratory’ included a great cross-sector mix of participants.We started with a study tour of Malmo’s outstanding urban planning projects at the Western Harbor and Rosengard, followed by a full day of exchange and co-development of new strategies, applications and tools for community-engaged Green Mapmaking.

Exciting outcomes include three new Green Maps established within a week, a new video (still in production), the seeds of a new mapping platform, strengthened university-community partnerships, and more! 

While in the region, I also presented at the Living Knowledge Network conference in Copenhagen, which focuses on community engaged research. I met with Nature Classroom leaders, and help strategize on expansion of youth mapping at these centers in both Sweden and Denmark in the coming months.

Green Map System has roots in Copenhagen. It's where the local NYC Green Map project blossomed into a global movement during the United Nations Social Summit in 1995. It was exciting to return the area and contribute to its ever-greener future. 

In New York, we're preparing for several events, including a tour, museum discussions and workshop - you can find them on the newsletter linked below or on our GreenMapNYC home page. 

We hope you will pitch in here at Global Giving on May 7 - it's a Match Day and your contributions are 50% matched, starting at 9AM EDS. We'll stretch those dollars even further as we move toward the 900 project milestone. We can't do it without you! Thank you!

Leaders Linnea of Malmo, Maeve & Crystal of Canada
Leaders Linnea of Malmo, Maeve & Crystal of Canada
Advanced urban design in the Western Harbor
Advanced urban design in the Western Harbor

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Feb 5, 2014

Updates from Green Map!

Our soon to debut Mobile Site Collector!
Our soon to debut Mobile Site Collector!

Happy Lunar Year to our Global Giving donors!

Thanks to your contributions, we have continued to make progress on our efforts to involve communities worldwide in sustainable living through Green Mapmaking.

As we continually create resources for local Green Mapmakers, it’s always a good challenge to predict what they might need. In 2014, we are especially interested in social inclusion and participatory practices that help communities from all over the world connect and share with each other tools and solutions for their unique challenges

Our newest how-to resource is a short video about creating Green Map cycling tours. Designed to encourage more people to use this non-polluting form of transportation, participants also become more informed about important issues. It’s a fun way to help people connect, exchange and improve their community! Check it out in English and Chinese (so far) at the link below.

We based this informational video on our award-winning climate-change related tours. We also have produced a tri-lingual Green Map of Manhattan’s Lower East Side that highlights climate impacts and resiliency resources for residents and visitors of all backgrounds. We will be extending our work in relation to this critical effort this year (follow it on Facebook, linked below).

In our next report, we expect to announce the debut of the new Green Map Mobile Site Collector! For the past few weeks, our office in the East Village has been buzzing with many different languages as our network has contributed Romanian, Spanish, Hebrew, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Swedish, Indonesian, Arabic, Thai, Catalan, French and Portuguese. It’s been especially exciting working with the Romanian team leading this new development.

We are looking forward to seeing people of all ages and backgrounds using the Green Map Mobile Site Collector on their phones, tablets and computers. This is all thanks to you: with your generous help we expect to greatly advance our mission of inclusive participation in sustainable community development. Watch for news soon!

Wishing you the best this season!

Create a Cycling Tour for Year of the Horse!
Create a Cycling Tour for Year of the Horse!

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