Over the years, a wide variety of research papers have been written about the work of Green Mapmakers, locally and globally. Now we are in the process of assessing each of these thesis papers, dissertations, scholarly presentations and other papers for the benefit of future researchers and for sharing best practices. In order to do this we have started an archive project entitled the Green Map Research Archive.
As part of this process we are reaching out to our Chinese speaking network to ensure that thesis, doctoral and other research papers by or about Green Map projects in China, Taiwan and other Chinese speaking regions are included. “I'm really excited that research papers in Chinese are being included in the archive. I'm curious to see what has been written about the Green Map projects in those regions and what people think about them,” says Li Tang, who is a native Chinese speaker and support staff at Green Map System. So far, we just have one paper presented in China, but this geographic region is where we have the largest gap in the research.
The Research Archive project began in August. The first phase encompassing 25 diverse papers was completed in October. There’s a blog post linked below about the process by our fall intern.
Now we are collecting the rest of the papers, and confirming with the authors that we have characterized them correctly and that we can share the papers online. Our next step is planned for spring. We’ll make them easy to access online, complementing our current page at GreenMap.org/universities where we can share the Research Archive around the world.
Thank you for helping ensure our work continues to impact students and other researchers long into the future!
Thank you Global Giving donors – with your support, Green Map System has launched a fast fun new Mobile Site Collector today!
Designed to extend engagement and involve new participants in making Open Green Maps, the Collector is a responsive webapp that can be used on smartphones, tablets or on the desktop. It can even be used offline in areas without wifi.
The Collector has both Simplified and Traditional Chinese interfaces! We expect these to be among the most popular of its 13 language options. Residents, visitors, students alike - all can collect great green living sites with ease. Every site is reviewed by the local mapmaker, and each is automatically acknowledged once it's live on the map.
We are delighted that a young Chinese designer made graphics for us and starting today, these are helping to spread the news in the many communities where Green Mapmaking has taken root in Asia and beyond. We invite you to visit GreenMap.org/mobile to download these images, and see all the resources we offer currently to support mobile research and site collection, with more to come!
We'll be announcing the next phase of mobile development soon, and using the hashtag #mobiGreenMap to share what's happening around the world. Thank you again for your help in making this happen!
Hello to our Global Giving donors!
Your support means so much to us and to Chinese Green Map projects and our network around the world. The efforts of each community inspires the others to work harder, more creatively and more inclusively to draw attention to local resources for healthier, more resilient living.
Every community – large and small – benefits from knowing more about the environment that surrounds and supports us. Thank you for helping us work together to instill hope and health through locally-created Green Maps.
Your donations are matched Tomorrow Morning!!
On Wednesday May 7, starting at 9AM EDT (UTC-5) your donation is matched! It’s worth 50% more to Green Map System so your $50 becomes $75, your $100 becomes $150.
Please set your clock! By noon, the matching fund pool is empty, so please be sure to give as soon as possible!
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Thanks so very much!
Your generosity means the world to us!
With appreciation from everyone at Green Map!
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.
Happy Lunar Year to our Global Giving donors!
We hope that Year of the Horse is a healthy, wonderful, and prosperous year for you, full of hope and happiness.
Thanks to your contributions, we have continued to make progress on our efforts to involve communities in China and Taiwan in sustainability through Green Mapmaking.
Our newest Chinese-language release 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 at the link below.
We based this informational video on our award-winning climate-change related tours. We also have made a Chinese Green Map of Manhattan’s Lower East Side that highlights impacts and resiliency resources for residents and visitors of all backgrounds. As seen at the Facebook link below, we will be extending our work in relation to this critical effort this year.
In our next report, we expect to announce the debut of the new Green Map Mobile Site Collector, which will include Chinese among its languages! Again, this is thanks to you!! You can catch a glimpse of it in the video. We are looking forward to seeing people use it on their phones, tablets and computers, and expect it to greatly advance our mission of inclusive participation in sustainable community development.
Wishing you the best of the season!
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