Our network in cities and towns throughout China and Taiwan continually makes progress as each project works to engage local communities in sustainability.
This season, we have had a new kind of partnership underway with WWF China. As seen in their webpage about the program (linked below in Chinese and English), a unique series of wetlands Green Maps will be on view at the 2010 EXPO in Shanghai in late September. These were created by 30 university teams working with WWF China's Wetlands Action program, with the involvement of Green Map Beijing and experienced Green Mapmakers at China Mangrove Conservation Network! It was exciting to note that their call for participation received a greater than expected response, and WWF expanded the program so more students could take part.
We are looking forward to receiving copies of these wetlands and fresh water-themed Green Maps in New York, sharing them with you and making them a part of our Archive. Our goal in the coming year is to collect or create a digital version of every Green Map so anyone can access them on demand. Useful for technology transfer, assessing progress toward sustainability and to change perspectives, our Archive - which now includes over 500 published Green Maps, plus locally developed education and outreach resources - will make an important contribution that benefits all of society.
We are continuing to make progress on the Open Green Map's Chinese interface, and getting the word out about this resource. Society of Wilderness is starting to develop a Service Learning program for students. Ideal for this purpose, each student can contribute a site, then continually report what they have accomplished, add images, videos etc over time to the Open Green Map platform. We'll attach an image from the PondsPapago Open Green Map. Its 121 green sites highlight the beauty of ponds in Taoyuan.
Green Map System (with PhD candidate Bala Mulloth and law student Sara Imperiale) also contributed a ‘social innovation’ paper to the journal produced for Shanghai's recent 'Young Creators for Better City, Better Life' conference, based at Tongli University. You can download this paper by clicking the link below (it's 8 mb, including images and charts in Chinese and English).
Shanghai has a new Green Map underway too! In our next progress report, we will share more news - in the meantime, thank you so much for your much valued support and interest!
Thank you again!
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