It first started with Green Map® System which “promotes inclusive participation in sustainable community development worldwide, using mapmaking as their medium.” 

open-greenmapOn World Environment Day 2009, June 5 they will launch the Open Green Map that “charts natural, cultural and green living sites in your community and around the world.”

It seems an amazing open source tool, very useful to map green sites and initiatives. I will think about starting a Greenselipar map ….

They say that they “support locally-led Green Map projects as they create perspective-changing community ‘portraits’ which act as comprehensive inventories for decision-making and as practical guides for residents and tourists. Over 365 unique, vibrant Green Maps have published to date, and hundreds more have been created in classrooms and workshops by youth and adults. Both the mapmaking process and the resulting Green Maps have tangible effects that:

  • Strengthen local-global sustainability networks
  • Expand the demand for healthier, greener choices
  • Help successful initiatives spread to even more communities

Green Map System has been developed collaboratively since 1995, and the movement has spread to over 550 cities, towns and villages in 54 countries.  ”

More on their website : http://www.greenmap.org

Catherine Bossis, 8 April 2009

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