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Why Putting Africa’s Most Vulnerable People On The Map Is Important

The climate emergency is wreaking havoc across the world at a scale that people on the frontlines and in the humanitarian community cannot manage. Time is already running out for the world’s most vulnerable people — those who have contributed least to the global climate emergency yet are hit the hardest — and millions of others that are already losing their homes, their livelihoods, and their lives.

Maps tell stories and help us find people but the most vulnerable people globally can’t be found on most maps. There is a new effort called the Missing Maps Project – organised by the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team – which recruits volunteers to fill in the cartographical blanks in Africa and other parts of the developing world.

In this episode, the Community Manager at Eastern and Southern Africa Open Mapping Hub of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Geoffrey Kateregga, will help you understand Why Putting Africa’s Most Vulnerable People On The Map Is Important.

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