We’ve finished mapping Zambales!

With the continuous mapping effort of OpenStreetMap (OSM) contributors through the initiative of Project NOAH, Zambales is now completely mapped!

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One province at a time, OSM contributors have been regularly adding building footprints using the task grids opened by Project NOAH. This is in line with improving the resilience of communities through technological practices such as risk management.  Project NOAH aims to prepare local government unit officials in practicing informed decisions as they handle strategies on how to mitigate climate-related risks.

Project NOAH started this effort in its inception in 2012 and intensified as the Integrated Scenario-based Assessments of Impacts and Hazards (ISAIAH) component commenced. From hazard mapping to risk mapping, Project NOAH aims to further enhance the disaster mitigation plans of Philippine communities.

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As crowdsourcing gains popularity among tech-savvy individuals, Project NOAH does not lag behind. Project NOAH utilizes crowdsourced and collaborative mapping from the sustained partnership with the OSM community. The OSM data from this mapping effort are directly integrated into the NOAH website and continues to meet the demands of vulnerability risk management.

Risk mapping is emerging as a dynamic way to visualize the impacts of hazard events.Through crowdsourced mapping, individuals and organizations can readily help to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters.

Embracing and taking advantage of information communication technology, the content of this user-generated mapping data are indeed vital in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).

In fact, even student organizations from University of the Philippines Diliman recognize this innovation. Members of UP- Rockhounds, Junior Philippine Geographical Society, Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines, UP Geology Society, and Students’ Initiative in Geodetic Engineering are currently mapping the provinces of Biliran, Bataan, La Union, and Abra respectively.

Let us all realize the vision of a disaster resilient Philippines!

Project NOAH recently opened a new task for the municipality of Pateros. Click http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/2038 to help us map the municipality!

Make sure that your houses and offices are included in the disaster plan of the country! Here is a photo to show you how to use OpenStreetMap in 10-easy steps!

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With your continued support, disaster preparedness measures will be more engaged and effective, especially in identifying hazards and risk exposure in vulnerable communities.

For more information, you can also access the OSM training document or e-mail the OpenStreetMap Philippines community at talk-ph@openstreetmap.org and DOST-Project NOAH through info@noah.dost.gov.ph!

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