About us

We offer impartial and independent mapping and monitoring of natural resources 

Our mission is to support the sustainable use of natural resources by increasing access to the best available geospatial information, technology and monitoring tools.

MapX was developed by UN Environment, the World Bank and the Global Resource Information Database (GRID-Geneva) to capitalize on the use of new digital technologies and cloud computing in the sustainable management of natural resources. One of the founding principles was to equalize information held by different stakeholders as a prerequisite to better dialogue, decision making and monitoring. MapX evolved from an initial focus on extractive resources to include a range of different resource types and themes.

We aim to eliminate the fragmentation of spatial information and provide a trusted platform for data sharing, analysis and visualization.

By 2030, demand for food may increase by 35%, for water by 40%, and for energy by 50%. Innovative solutions that meet this increased demand while conserving critical natural ecosystems are a necessity... By providing access to spatial data - including protected areas, endangered species, human impact on natural systems, watersheds for key cities, and more - the platform empowers policymakers with the necessary information to address pressing biodiversity conservation and development challenges.

Achim Steiner, Administrator
United Nations Development Programme

Our philosophy

Helping stakeholders access and use the best available data in dialogue and decision making processes is not easy. It requires both a technical approach as well a political process and capacity building to ensure ownership, uptake and action. Our philosophy in developing a stakeholder solution is based on the practical experiences gained in deploying MapX in a range of different contexts. Core elements include:
problem/solution orientation
Start with the problem users wish to solve not the available data. Ensure solutions are fit for purpose.
build stakeholder capacity
Local stakeholders need the capacity to support the solution in the longer term.
Measure Incentives and impact
Understand how improved access to data changes behavioral incentives and leads to improved impact
address barriers to uptake
Anticipate barriers to data use and work to remove or mitigate them from the the outset of an engagement.
process matters
A credible process to define a problem and explore solutions using geospatial information is a critical success factor.
Think beyond open data
An effective solution should harness a combination of open data as well as private data held by different stakeholders. 

Our engagement process

The MAP-X engagement process focuses on generating actionable insights from geospatial data to inform dialogue and help all stakeholders understand benefits and risks, manage expectations and take evidence-based decisions. While MapX can be customized to meet specific contexts, a standard engagement process is used:
Start by defining the problem users wish to solve and understanding how to design the necessary process and data for a solution
Work hand in hand with all key stakeholders to co-design a data acquisition process and build a platform fit for purpose platform.
MapX team develops a customized solution, including data sets, visualizations, and dashboards.
The platform is deployed into a stakeholder process and training is offered to ensure uptake and impact.

Meet the MapX team

Our team includes experts from the private and public sectors with over 100 years of combined experience in natural resource management, mapping and stakeholder engagement.
UN Environment
Senior Extractives Advisor
UN Environment
Technology Manager
GIS Expert
UN Environment
Research Assistant
UN Environment
Chief Developer
IT Officer
GIS Expert
Administrative Asssistant
UN Environment

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