Open Green Map to Support the Greening of China

by Green Map System
Meeting with Chinese NGOs via the US State Dept
Meeting with Chinese NGOs via the US State Dept

You have been so generous to us and we greatly appreciate it. Now, we are able to waive fees from Chinese Green Mapmakers for 2015, thanks to your generosity! So from the newest Green Map project – Roots and Shoots Shanghai, which joined us in January - to the pioneers from the China Mangrove Conservation Network - all will benefit from your generosity through the Global Giving platform!

Recently, we were able to share news and beautiful Green Maps from these Chinese projects with an esteemed group of NGO and civic leaders from China that we met with through the US State Department Visitor Leadership Program. As pictured, this includes representatives from Clean Air Asia, Greenovation Hub, Danger Maps, Beijing Energy Conservation, Green Hunan, Innovation Center for Clean-Air Solutions, Chengdu Urban Rivers Association, ChinaDialogue and ERI’s Center for Renewable Energy Development. We’re looking forward to further exchange with these and other hard working, high impact organizations.

Reminiscing over the reports we have sent you (linked above the photos on our project profile), we can say that this certainly has been an exciting partnership as you have exceeded our fundraising goals, and helped so many Chinese Green Mapmakers make local sustainable living resources more visible and actionable. We will soon be introducing you to a new initiative that is underscored by the urgency of climate change and new potential to move millions more by connecting with the sharing economy. You will be among the first to know!

Thank you again on behalf of our entire staff and network. Our best wishes to each of you for this important season and the start of the Year of Yes!

Changing tourists
Changing tourists' perspectives in mangrove areas
Introducing community members to map features
Introducing community members to map features
Sharing autumn hues from a site on the Green Map
Sharing autumn hues from a site on the Green Map

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 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!

Outreach for the Research Archive in Trad. Chinese
Outreach for the Research Archive in Trad. Chinese
Outreach for Research Archive in Simplified CN
Outreach for Research Archive in Simplified CN


Creating Chinese banners to promote the Collector
Creating Chinese banners to promote the Collector

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 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!





Collector in simplified Chinese includes FAQ
Collector in simplified Chinese includes FAQ
Attracting attention in Traditional Chinese!
Attracting attention in Traditional Chinese!


Students distribute China Mangrove Green Maps
Students distribute China Mangrove Green Maps

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!

This message is linked to our project profile, where you can give a matched donation.

Thanks so very much!

Your generosity means the world to us! 

With appreciation from everyone at Green Map! 

Students' sketch maps express great interest
Mapmaking in Beijing
Mapmaking in Beijing


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's Green Maps are charming and informative



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Location: New York, NY - USA
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Wendy E. Brawer
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New York, NY United States
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