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Cartographic/thematic Global Agenda 2030 Platform as new, interactive part of the existing comprehensive SDG information platform

    Description
    Intro

    In 2017 the UNESCO Global Geopark has implemented on its website comprehensive SDG platform containing general information, best practice examples from the Geopark´s activities and tasks, as well as helpful links. In the next step, the members and partners were invited to become more active and aware of the SDGs in their communities and also all-over the territory. Therefore, an interactive, GIS-based SDG platform hs been conceived. Starting from a comprehensive and visually appalling general cartographic overview we used zoom techniques to display actions, projects and ideas from our member municipalities that support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030. The map layout makes it easy for residents to find activities and projects in close proximity to their location and a search function lets them filter through all 17 SDGs. The sustainability platform also provides a forum to establish synergies for municipalities which work in similar projects and promotes interregional activities

    Description

    The projects aims at interlinkages among the SDGs, offering citizens an overview to the SDGs and how these goals are already implemented and pursued by the activities of the UNESCO Global Geopark and member communities. Among those projects are fair-trade city partnerships, climate community awarded communities, nature activity opportunities (MTB and hiking trails), educational paths, information facilities

    Contribution to SDG Implementation

    The project has broadened the public recognition of the activities among the SDGs goals, implemented in the member communities of the UNESCO Global Geopark. Beyond that, it enables citizens to inform themselves about contributing to the SDG goals with their own activities and get involved in existing projects. Member communities became aware of the greater connections between individual projects in the territory of the UNESCO Global Geopark and were encouraged to form links with other communities for future projects.

    Implementation methodologies

    In a first step, information has been collected and evaluated by a staff member of the UNESCO Global Geopark, researching projects and activities in our territory on the internet. In a second step, those results were categorized due to the SDG classification and a report was created for every member community (102 entities) and counties (7 entities). The report was then enriched with pictures, videos and hyperlinks to different organizations. Those reports were given to the member communities and counties for further evaluation and correction of the given information. For public exposure, an interactive cartographic framework has been created in which every community and sub-state is displayed on a map. It is possible to filter the entities for SDGs and access the report by clicking on them. The final result is accessible through these links: Geo-Naturpark Bergstraße-Odenwald - Globale Nachhaltigkeitsziele 2030 im Geo-Naturpark Bergstraße-Odenwald (UNESCO Global Geopark) (geo-naturpark.net) https://geo-naturpark.net/deutsch/nachhaltigkeitsziele/nachhaltigkeitsp…

    Results

    The platform has been presented at the annual member community gathering. It has been advertised by newsletters, in our organization magazine and on social media. The platform is online since 01.Sep.2020. In the period until today 03.Feb.2021 (5 months) is has received 500 active views and visitors.

    Factors and Constraints

    The major factors for the success of the platform were technological capabilities of using the existing GIS-software by Esri for the platform and our knowledgable staff collecting the information in the first place. Our intensive exchange with the member communities made it possible to enrich the reports with more in-detail information. That help from the side of the communities was crucial part of the success. We think that the cartographic representation of the information made it more accessible and understandable to the end-user and that this good practice should continue in other projects.

    Sustainability and replicability

    The platform is sustainable by itself and replicable for each territory. The implementation has been strengthened the bonds between the UNESCO Global Geopark and its members and partners and is considered to be a very good service and participation tool and also a uniting activity. The development and gathering of information is time consuming, but the successful outcome makes it definitely worth. The framework of the platform is limited to users of Esri-Software. It is therefore not readily shareable with other organizations. We aim at enriching the platform with more information and projects in an ongoing process.

    COVID-19 Impact

    COVID-19 has not negatively impacted the implementation of this practice. It is, on the opposite, more likely that interest in local measures and projects concerning the SDGs has surged in the pandemic and user numbers have increased.

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    Organization/entity
    UNESCO Global Geopark Bergstraße-Odenwald
    SDGs
    Geographical coverage

    The practice is implemented on the territory of the UNESCO Global Geopark, covering parts of the states Bavaria, Hesse and Baden-Wuertemberg

    Timeline
    01 September 2020 (start date)
    30 December 2021 (date of completion)
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    Countries
    Germany
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    Marcus, Cartographic/thematic Global Agenda 2030 Platform as new, interactive part of the existing comprehensive SDG information platform