First of all, a huge THANKS to all of our 2020 GIS Day Contest participants!
We received many interesting applications and unique project ideas ranging from pollution risk assessments, monitoring reforestation activities, mapping trees to even developing electronic herbarium web mapping service.
This year’s goal was to promote initiatives that deal with vegetation management, forestry, tree and plants maintenance and other environmental issues worldwide.
We decided to award the first three projects in the vegetation and environmental sector and one special award to a mapping project not related to the given topic.
We had thoroughly examined all of the applications and picked the top three and the special project, with the most significant impact on local communities.
Here are the project ideas that won GIS Cloud subscriptions and support.
1. Mapping Tree Types, Open Spaces and Wetlands In Nyalenda A and B wards, Kisumu County, Kenya
Nyalenda is the largest informal settlement in Kisumu county, Kenya.
The local population observed that increased clearing of the trees and vegetation due to construction and building processes is decreasing the quality of living within the settlements.
There is an increase in flash floods and displacement of homes for the residents. Also, trees provided essential food to the community, especially the children, so the already vulnerable population now faces greater food insecurity and risks.
Mapping trees, open spaces and wetlands, and recording the data with GIS Cloud apps, will help them create a vegetation database of the Nyalenda wards and actual coverage of the tree area. This will enable decision-making on the types of tree removing and planting and help conserve and manage the vegetation area in the community!
2. Citizen Monitoring of Reforestation Activities by the National Greening Program in the Philippines
Since 2011, the Department of Environment & Natural Resources in the Philippines (NGP) has been implementing the National Greening Program.
This is a response to the heavy deforestation in the country down to below 60% since 1930. The NGP needs to meet the demands of surveying and monitoring of the affected deforestation areas to implement a platform for cooperative citizen reforestation and activities.
Recently, the Philippines was hit by wave after wave of Typhoons that has caused immense casualties and destruction to livelihood, infrastructure, and agriculture on top of a pandemic, raising the need to take care of watersheds in the upstream, and plant more trees to mitigate the impact of flooding and landslides.
They named the project “Treebeard” as a shepherd of the forest, taken from the Lord of the Rings mythology.
With the help of the “Treebeard”, they can contribute to the community with engagement and public service to help restore destroyed vegetation and trees that will not only alleviate the destruction of infrastructure, improve agriculture and livelihood, but also help mitigate the impact of floods and landslides caused by deforestation.
They aim to create an online dashboard where the locations of reforestation sites will be easily accessible and develop an online platform where citizens can use location data to take pictures, monitor, and validate the trees that were planted according to official reports.
3. Current Vegetation Status of the South-East Bangladesh Coastal Zone
Unfortunately, the specific geographical location of Bangladesh is prone to tropical cyclone disasters. Vegetation is their only saviour, protecting the long coastal line from the hundreds of devastating cyclone impacts created in the Bengal bay every year.
Bangladesh is a developing country, and most of the rural people in the country live under the poverty line. Their government is trying heart and soul to overcome this problem to facilitate the development of the country.
This project is crucial to define the current status of coastal vegetation to help the local government and decision-makers understand the current situation of the vegetation and environmental issues, create awareness and support against these devastating calamities that ruin the development of the whole country.
Representing data visually on a map will enable them to decide upon and plan actions they need to take.
Special award project:
Pollution Risk Assessment Of Groundwater At Kamukuywa Market, Bungoma County (Kenya), Using GIS
Without a formal water supply and wastewater systems, residents at the Kamukuywa market have resorted to sourcing water from shallow wells and use it for pit-latrines as wastewater disposal. These actions lead to groundwater contamination and pollution of water that is later used as potable drinking water.
Proper analysis and evaluation are critical to planners and decision-makers on how to determine the extent and identify high groundwater contamination risk zones, define optimal siting for wells and pit latrines under different soils, topography and water table depths. Mapping the risks is not only a preventive measure but will assist with the mitigation process of groundwater contamination.
For each of these projects, we’ll write a comprehensive case study as soon as they get implemented. You’ll learn about the project GIS setup, data collection workflow, and project results. Unfortunately, we can only award the best four project ideas. Still, we would love to help other applicants who wish to realise their projects based on our advice and expertise.
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