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SCMP uses citizen reporting to map environmental destruction

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Today, the South China Morning Post launched Citizen Map, a project by JMSC alum Yolanda Ma that encourages readers to report environmental destruction in Hong Kong. Citizen Map is powered by the open-source crowdsourcing tool Ushahidi.

An article in today’s SCMP reported that Hong Kong’s understaffed Planning and Lands departments rely on the public to report illegal dumping and development in the New Territories. Almost 60 percent of government investigations into improper land use stem from citizen complaints, and the percentage rises to 90 percent for dumping.

The site also includes SCMP reports on individual incidents. According to the website, the project will eventually be expanded to cover other topics.

Citizen Map [SCMP]


Written by jennjettkw

November 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm

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