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Global Disaster Resilience App Challenge


Esri and the United Nations are working hard to help communities build resilience to impending twenty-first-century disasters. We recently launched the Global Disaster Resilience App Challenge to encourage the use of geography to address United Nations Institute for Training and Research's 10 Essentials for Making Cities Resilient. Show us how you're using GIS technology to build a more resilient future -- you may win up to $20,000. Learn more.


How a New Map of Palm Oil Plantations Could Help Save Rain Forests

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil and the World Resources Institute map land concessions, deforestations, active fires, and plantations to monitor palm oil production and identify illegal activities. Read more.

GIS Integrates Aid and Emergency Response

World Vision used ArcGIS Online and Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS to direct and track aid distribution in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. Read more.

Advocating Rights for Women in Rural Kenya

WISUVIE, a community-based organization in Kenya, used GIS to monitor and evaluate services for women with HIV. Read the story.

Using Project-Level Information to Determine Impact: A Closer Look at Malawi's Aid

Mapping project funding in Malawi against key indicators reveals that investments are helping to decrease illness and diarrhea while increasing school attendance. Read the story.

Mapping Hurricane Sandy's Aftermath in Haiti

The International Organization for Migration uses drones and ArcGIS to map, assess, and respond to damaged areas throughout the country. Read the story.

New Data Tool to Boost AfDB's Transparency Efforts

African Development Bank (AfDB) created MapAfrica to boost transparency and map its financing projects across the continent. Read the story.

Ecocitizen World Map Project

Esri is proud to be a leading partner in the Ecocitizen World Map Project, which focuses on exploring, understanding, and measuring holistic urban health from a citizen's perspective. Read the story.

Postcard from Medellín: A Big WUF for Urban Equity

The Medellín Ecocitizen Map reveals the relationship between elements like population density, income levels, public transit routes, and green infrastructure. Read the story.

Postcard from Medellín, Part 2: Are We Better Off Being Better Off?

Interactive maps provide visualizations that enable people to gain better insights into their own cities and neighborhoods. Read the story.

GIS Evangelist Tom McConnell Takes the Road Less Traveled

After his retirement, Tom McConnell transitioned to a career that focused on growing GIS education and the use of the technology throughout Rwanda. Read the story.

Assessing Threats to Wildlife

Wildlife Rescue Centers' Action for Wildlife World analyzes information on birds recovered in Spain to identify anthropogenic and environmental threats. Read the story.

UNEP Live: Building an Information Powerhouse

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) uses GIS to power UNEP Live, a web-based project that lets people easily visualize and analyze big data related to the environment. Read the story.

How Big Data and GIS Will Help to Plan a Livable Singapore

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore is using GIS to maximize the value of big data, enabling staff to design livable communities in the city state. Read the story.