The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Tuesday, May 17 • 12:15 - 13:00
Mapping and Ecologically Assessing Landholdings of the Catholic Church LIMITED

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The Catholic Church comprises the largest nongovernmental networks of education and healthcare around the world; it is probable that it also comprises the largest network of landholdings. The GoodLand Project seeks to increase the Catholic Church's geographic understanding and planning of its landholdings using geographic information technologies and community involvement and demonstrate how these lands can be a means for positive global environmental and social change. We are working with the extant social infrastructure of the Church to make this happen.

As part of our work we are evaluating and classifying dioceses, globally, for climate change vulnerability. This will identify Catholic dioceses and provinces where, based on economic and environmental models, threats such as drought, flood, or conflict are most likely to have the greatest impact within the next several decades. Diocesan classification enables us to identify a key set of data needs for diocesan-scale planning for areas that have comparable ecological and social environments.

Planning projects on the scale of a diocese involves applying a geodesign framework to integrate existing community networks, crowd-source information, and conduct analyzes that rank Church-affiliate properties within a diocese based on their potential to enhance environmental and social welfare through landscape management and land-use changes, such as green infrastructure or forest management. Our online platforms can help communities to understand which resources may be put to best use and where. Other Catholic organizations with a variety of goals, from asset management to humanitarian aid, can employ the geospatial data we produce to reach their goals.

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Molly Burhans

Executive Director, GoodLands
Molly Burhans is the founder of GoodLands. She lead GoodLands’ Enterprise GIS team to make the first global digital maps of the Catholic Church and lay the foundation for a global Catholic spatial data infrastructure. She is involved with the Vatican Youth Symposium, work involving... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:15 - 13:00 EAT
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