Conservation Mapping Competition Winners

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Esri and SCGIS jointly announced the winner of the International Conservation Mapping Competition.

Andrew DiMatteo, cartographer at the State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT) project and associate in research at Duke University, is the grand prize winner in the International Conservation Mapping Competition. DiMatteo’s map, Worldwide Green Turtle Nesting Sites 2011, displays 1,167 green sea turtle nesting sites using data from more than 200 data contributors and published sources.

Sponsored by Esri and the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS), the competition was created to acknowledge those involved in conservation initiatives. A grand prize of $5,000 was awarded, and winners of each of the five first-place categories received $1,000.

First-place winners include the following:


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  • Most Innovative—Brad Stratton, The Nature Conservancy, United States—The Land Protection History of The Nature Conservancy in New York
  • Greatest Social ImpactChristopher Walter, Cascade Land Conservancy, United States—Urban Forest Restoration Sites
  • Best Use of Science (shared first place)Karin Bodtker, Living Oceans Society, Canada—Sea Lice on Juvenile Pink and Chum Salmon in BC; Adam Dixon, World Wildlife Fund, United States—Planning for Conservation in the Ruvuma Landscape
  • Best Traditional Cartography—Larry Orman, GreenInfo Network, United States—What We’ve Accomplished in Martis Valley
  • Best Interactive Web Map—Andrew Cottam, World Conservation Monitoring Centre, United Kingdom—African Pygmy Goose

Winning maps can be viewed at: esri.com/scgmaps.

Worldwide Green Turtle Nesting Sites 2011

Worldwide Green Turtle Nesting Sites 2011


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