GIS for Conservation

User Groups

The availability of online planning applications, wildlife and forest data, and map resources makes planning conservation projects simple. Sharing your experiences and learning from others can spread awareness of conservation issues and increase understanding of how GIS technology can aid conservation efforts.

  • Society for Conservation GIS
  • Young People Use GIS for Conservation
  • The Green Belt Movement
    this organization founded by Wangari Maathai to conserve the environment and provide Africans with the resources needed for sustainable lifestyles. Read how members of the Green Belt Movement use GIS technology to achieve their conservation goals. Learn more.
  • Green Map System
    This organization provides tools to map local natural and cultural resources for cities, towns, and neighborhoods across the globe with the vision to develop local sustainable networks. The Green Map System Project in Westchester County, New York, empowers its residents to make green choices.
  • Service at Sea
    This organization is dedicated to providing GIS training to communities across the globe. The members of Service at Sea sail around the world, stopping at certain checkpoints to host training sessions, workshops, and other GIS experiences as well as work with local educators to implement GIS curricula, to help create sustainable practices. Follow the journey at the Service at Sea blog.
  • The Trust for Public Land
    The organization has designed a way to visualize conservation scenarios with Greenprinting. The geoenabled Web site, which will translate local data into a "priorities map" to address prescribed conservation goals, assign weights for prioritization, and create the ability to add alternate scenarios to a map, will be available online in the fall of 2007. The Web site will provide data and tools to local communities for planning purposes.
  • The Orangutan Foundation International
    The Orangutan Foundation International and Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas use GIS technology to monitor the habitats and behaviors of the Borneo orangutan to ensure its conservation. Their primary task is to interpret satellite imagery to identify threats to the orangutans and their habitats to better focus conservation efforts on areas in need. Read more.

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