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It’s easy to be discouraged these days. Every day, critical habitats are fragmented, communities are shattered by conflict, and essential natural resources are squandered. But remember what Mr. Rodgers said about bleak world news: “Look at the helpers.” Helpers are everywhere—especially in the Sustainable World Community (SWC). That community works tirelessly to fix the 17 major problems that threaten global sustainability.
In 2015, members of the United Nations (UN) committed to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity by agreeing to a ratified list of objectives called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDGs include specific targets that can easily be hit within the next 15 years with the coordination of the SWC.
From Tuesday through Thursday at the 2017 Esri UC, members of the community will show exactly what they’re doing in the Sustainable World Community showcase. The showcase is an opportunity to prove that geospatial science is helping. We’re deeply committed to supporting organizations that use GIS as the launching point to fulfill the UN’s mission.
Despite their diversity, all 36 members of the SWC share a common goal to meet the challenges inherent in the SDGs. But because the Sustainable World Community consists of a wide spectrum of organizations that work across multiple topics, it’s good to know who does what for which goal. Goal 1, No Poverty, for instance, includes the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Participants working on goal 2, No Hunger include Catholic Relief Services and the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research. Organizations working toward goal 16, Peace and Justice Strong Institutions include Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining and Halo Trust. Of special importance are the organizations that provide subject matter expertise and guidance across many partner organizations. The organizations working on goal 17, Partnerships for the Goals include Development Gateway, International Joint Commission of the US and Canada, National Geographic Society, National Tribal Geospatial Support Center, Org Hunter, and URISA GISCorps.
Please join us at the Sustainable World Community Showcase during the Esri User Conference to see how our customers radiate help across the globe. Visit the Esri demonstration tower to meet the helpers and see The Science of Where in action.
Common Goals Unite Sustainable World Community at 2016 Esri User Conference
By: David Gadsden
Some use GIS to serve their citizens; others use the technology to turn a profit or manifest insight from big data. While many uses for GIS can be achieved, it’s possible that none are as noble as the underlying goal of the people exhibiting at the Esri User Conference Sustainable World showcase—sustaining the earth and making the world a better place.
United through the purpose of the Global Goals, the nonprofit organizations present at the showcase networked with colleagues to talk about common goals and collaborate toward achieving positive change. Goals discussed included eliminating poverty and hunger; advancing good health, quality education, and gender equality; securing clean water, decent employment, and reduced inequalities; promoting responsible consumption, industrial production, and climate action; protection of life in oceans and on land; and establishing peace and justice for all.
These sentiments were reinforced at the Sustainable World Community social where more than 250 individuals from international administrations, the United Nations, conservation groups, and humanitarian organizations congregated to celebrate the positive impacts of their growing contingency. The lively showing took place at the San Diego Convention Center’s upper west terrace and featured prominent attendees including Domingo Ankuash, recipient of Esri’s Making a Difference award. Ankuash uses GIS to drive meaningful change with the seven Amazonian tribes he leads.
Organizations similar to Ankuash’s AmazonGISNET employ several innovative means to communicate their missions, including Esri Story Maps. Groups such as National Geographic, the National Trust for History Preservation, the Puente Institute, the Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Foundation, and the National Audubon Society employ Story Maps to convey the goals and progress of their programs through maps, rich media, and powerful narrative.
Aptly, the common theme throughout the Sustainable World showcase were stories of each organization’s successes in sustainability and accomplishing positive impacts.
HALO Trust works to clear unexploded ordnances around the world by training and employing thousands of regional deminers, saving lives and supporting the local economy in the process. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation uses geospatial information to assess difficult parts of the world to reach, ensuring their resources provide opportunity for less fortunate individuals to pursue happy, healthy, and productive lives.
Through their focus of sustaining ape habitats in the Congo forest basin and East Africa, which positively impact the livelihoods of thousands of species that might otherwise be subject to deforestation, the Jane Goodall Institute also manages a youth program in more than 100 countries which uses GIS to identify environmental community projects.
The Woods Hole Research Center, whose Cape Cod, Massachusetts headquarters were constructed with ecofriendly and recycled materials, relies on geospatial visualization to convey research dedicated to smart land use; the reduction of deforestation; the impacts of permafrost melt; and the environmental factors for increasing boreal forest fire turnover.
Organizations such as these comprised the Sustainable World Community at the Esri User Conference and were joined by many others who look to leave the world in a better place than they found it.
Learn more about how organizations are using GIS to enhance sustainability by visiting esriurl.com/SustainableDevelopment.