Open Green Map to Support the Greening of China

by Green Map System
The original Singapore Green Map, 2002
The original Singapore Green Map, 2002

We hope your year is started out well. To date in 2017, we have 5 new Green Mapmakers. Three are from Taiwan, including Lalawutu, Tunghai University and South Tainan Park, and one from the US state of Maryland, One Montgomery Green. We are happy to welcome back Beijing - Friends of Nature, starting again after completing terrific environmental education programs and beautifully designed projects such as the Shi Sha Hai Bicycling Green Map (linked below).

Number 6 is registering now, and we’re glad to say Singapore Environmental Council is returning, too. It’s been more than a decade since they published two editions (linked below). We asked the new project leader, Shaun Tan, a few questions and we are  sharing his thoughtful answers with you:

Why now? Is SEC celebrating a special event or eco-milestone?
The previous map is almost 14 years old and much of Singapore’s landscape and boundaries have changed, including the discoveries of flora & fauna as well as the emergence of new nature areas for the public to explore.

Is environmental awareness growing there?
Yes, though it may be hard to measure. There are many indicators like resident committees organizing their own Earth Day celebrations, schools are incorporating environmental messaging in their curriculum and many ground-up initiatives and green events & conference are more frequent! Also, our training & education wing sees more requests for eco-related talks, workshops and nature walks!

Will you make a print map or interactive? or both?
Definitely an online copy will be priority and a print map will come if the budget allows! Once a basic copy is ready, the interactive components can come in if it proves to be well-received.

Is it for residents or tourists? 
Resident (Locals) will be our priority, including school students. If the locals are interested, so will the tourists!

Will the focus be biodiversity as it was last time? We are still deciding but biodiversity will definitely be one of the features of the map.

Special thanks to Shaun and his colleagues at Singapore Environment Council. We very much admired their first maps, and look forward to the new one. We were lucky that one of the original SEC mapmakers, Lim Soon Chung, volunteered in our office in New York in 2006, creating an often-used photo archive as he scanned and organized for our first decade or so of images (including the scene below). 

Our thanks to you, as well, Global Giving donors - your support makes so much possible!

Bicycling in Beijing is the focus of this 2006 map
Bicycling in Beijing is the focus of this 2006 map
Our staff in 2006, with Singapore
Our staff in 2006, with Singapore's 1st map maker


Weaving a web of positive change from China 2 Cuba
Weaving a web of positive change from China 2 Cuba

Our thanks to each of you for your support - here is an unusual outcome of this effort: 

Today, our director returned from a week in Cuba, which included a 3-day workshop with 40 Green Mapmakers from across the country. She brought examples of global Green Map projects to share. The Cubans found the example of the China Mangrove Conservation Network (CMCN) expecially valuable as the protection of mangrove forests is of critical importance in Cuba. Habitat, tsumani protection, pollution prevention, this is just part of what mangroves do. 

Everyone discussed the response of the CMCN following the recent hurricane Meranti which impacted Xiamen and coastal areas as they walked thorough the mangrove forest at Guanabo. There, Green Mapmakers have worked to restore mangroves and other plants along the ocean, and around the waterways that lead inland. A great deal has been accomplished in three years, including efforts to propogate in different soils, and initiatives that involve youth and community members of all ages.

We'll be sharing the attached report and Green Maps from CMCN with Cuban colleagues, and hopefully, help the two groups exchange best practices in the near future. Perhaps, through the Green Map network, new ways of supporting mangroves and related coastal natural systems can be developed. 

In the Guanabo Cuba Mangrove Forest
In the Guanabo Cuba Mangrove Forest
Young people share their maps, made with care
Young people share their maps, made with care


Bike Ready, inspiring community resiliency
Bike Ready, inspiring community resiliency

Happy Summer to all our Global Giving friends!

We are excited to share a new video with you, in Chinese!

As you may know, generating action to respond to climate change is among the many things Green Map System does. In 2016, we worked with local film makers to create:


Framing how New York bicyclists responded in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, this film is becoming a springboard for local preparedness.

With today's debut of the Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish and Japanese editions, as well as the English orginal, we hope it helps communities worldwide. Along with the 4-minute film, we created an adaptable Guide so you can lead a #BikeReady project too. The whole project is licensed under a 'copy left' Creative Commons license so you can adapt it as needed. Share it with bike groups and your municipality. 

Find links below to Bike Ready! Ride safely and in the spirit of mutual aid, get ready with Bike Ready!


In the garden with a great group from SEE China
In the garden with a great group from SEE China

This month, we were delighted to take 40 members of the SEE delegation on a tour of our home community in New York City. For these sustainability-minded entreprenuers, the Lower East Side represents a community with lively streets, diverse resident and lots of locally owned businesses. We toured many of the sites on the Hola LES Green Map (linked below) and showed both green sites and future developments. A favorite was the volunteer-led Siempre Verde Garden! 

The tour was arranged by the mapkers of the Beijing Green Map! SEE members went on to meet other NYC NGOs, then to Chicago and Minneapolis. We were delighted to meet them all!


Beijing Friends of Nature - ShiChaHai Green Map
Beijing Friends of Nature - ShiChaHai Green Map

Dear Friends, 

When we look back over the 32 previous reports we have made regarding the China Green Map initiative, we are doubly grateful for your support. Together with local schools, non profits and community groups, much has been accomplished since 2008! Please click the Reports link below and scroll down to explore the history of this work in support of healthier and greener communities, countries and planet. 

We'll soon be deactivating this project on Global Giving, but it will be an ongoing effort to support the work on the ground in China, Taiwan, and in Chinese-speaking communities like our own Lower East Side neighborhood in New York. 

With resiliency becoming more important as awareness of climate change grows, mapmaking projects that help people become more actively involved is sustainability will continually take shape. We'll be ready to help! always grateful for your interest and engagement in making the world we all share a better place. 

Our best wishes for Year of the Monkey!

Green Map Workshop in Shanghai
Green Map Workshop in Shanghai
Rural Szechuan Province mapmaking
Rural Szechuan Province mapmaking



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