UNEP/GRID-Geneva and UNEP have developed MapX, an online platform for managing geospatial data on natural resources. Field applications of MapX are varied and include chemicals management, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity planning, land use planning, extractive industry, renewable energy and environmental security. MapX targets a wide community of users that are primarily UNEP and partners, the Secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and other UN agencies mandated to collect and use geospatial data in environmental decision making. Civil society groups, non-governmental organizations, academia and citizens complement this set of users. MapX was designed in 2014 and since then continuously improved with wide international stakeholder consultations. MapX is fully integrated into the World Environment Situation Room, which is the UNEP data and knowledge platform.
MapX is a spatial data infrastructure that aims to support the sustainable use of natural resources and the environment by increasing access to the best available geospatial information and related monitoring technologies.
We have conducted dozens of projects at various geographical scales, covering all environmental topics, including Biodiversity, Chemicals, Environmental Security, Extractives, Land Use Planning, Natural Capital, Natural Hazards and Renewable Energy
Open and integrated approach
Free for all, MapX is a low-bandwidth solution to suit any environment. Transparent and integrated approach for economic, social and environmental problem-solving.
Introducing the Data Workspace
Co-design to build solutions that are fit for purpose. Data projects are secure data pools in which you can upload and analyze your own spatial data, compare it against existing datasets, and create story maps, and collaborate with team members.
Web mapping for people and planet
MapX provides the following core services:
Catalog of best available spatial data
A single platform which aggregates and combines spatial data. Includes safeguards for controlling data security, integrity and access.
Real time analytical and visualization tools
Offers a range of fast client tools for analysis, customized visualizations and monitoring areas of interest. Optimized for low bandwidth environments.
Dynamic communication products and services
Powerful communication tools to inform action and decision-making. This includes story maps, dashboards and functions for customized sharing.
MapX has engagements around the globe. Information about our public portfolio of work is available below: