[HOT] Work begins on Mapping Africa's Protected Areas

Blake Girardot bgirardot at gmail.com
Wed Jan 14 17:48:45 UTC 2015

Hi John,

Congrats on kicking off the Projects!

Do you or anyone on the list have any idea how we can get in contact 
with "adventure tourism" or "eco tourism" people (consumers or vendors)?

Companies that offer eco or adventure tourism rely on these areas 
staying protected so they have an incentive to help us with on the 
ground with gps traces or gps cooridinates for PoI's.

Not to mention they would get credit as the source for helping collect 
this data in OSM.

And the same thing for consumers who go on eco/adventure tourism, they 
have an incentive help keep these areas protected and would probably 
love to help contribute to these projects in some way and have on the 
ground experience.

How can we get our message out to these places and people?

Websites? Facebook groups? Travel industry trade organizations?

If people can identify people/places/organizations I am glad to start 
spreading the word, but my limited tries so far have not realized any 

Or are you already working with companies or groups?


On 1/14/2015 5:48 PM, John White wrote:
> Hi All
> I am please to announce that work has begun on Mapping Africa's
> Protected Areas. The first two National Parks selected for mapping
> are Serengeti National Park (Task 834
> <http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/834>) and Niokolo-Koba National Park
> (Task 721 <http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/721>).
> As many of you are aware, Africa's National Parks, Nature Reserves and
> Game Reserves are an important and sustainable sources of foreign
> currency, jobs and upliftment in many countries on the African
> continent. Your assistance in mapping protected areas will help support
> tourism activity and therefore the surrounding communities.
> For more information on the list of reserves to be mapped, please visit:
> Our WikiProject
> <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_African_National_Parks_and_Reserves>
> Our Facebook Page <https://www.facebook.com/mappingprotectedareas>
> Regards
> John White
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