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are maps so important to aid workers both in the field and at headquarters?
The generic advantages of relief maps are as follows:
of data through the use of icons, shading, hatching, colour, contrast
and scale enables people of all languages to understand the maps.
concentrate large quantities of information on one sheet of paper,
enabling data to be rapidly cross-referenced and acted upon.
sectoral overlays enable timely and accurate decisions on populations,
markets, logistics, strategy, security or policy. Sectors may be
integrated and interrogated to meet specific user requirements.
The needs of the environment and people are in parallel, if the needs
of either suffer, they both suffer. Maps can help define those needs
and mutually compatible solutions.
mapping of minefields and military no-go zones improves the security
of relief workers, local resident populations and victims or refugees.
Minefield maps will be made with data from highly specialised de-mining
NGOs such as HALO or Mine Action Group.
data presented in graphic overlays enables locations of greatest
need and quickest routes to be swiftly identified.
between all decision makers, in-the-field, field-to-HQ and HQ-to-HQ,
depends on good communications. Accurate maps act as focus for
cooperation in the field, which is the primary purpose. Everyone ‘from
Iraq to Geneva’ will literally be ‘on the same page.’
Economies of time and money
real-time updates and the concentration of data in graphic form
stops duplications of needs-assessments on the ground and facilitates
swifter, co-ordinated, strategic decisions in different locations.
and media use of maps clarifies public perceptions of humanitarian
emergencies, speeds up responses and reduces donor fatigue.
encourage greater openness, improving assessments of the effectiveness
of relief operations and enhancing donor commitment.
response times and better-targeted relief make the difference between
life and death in complex emergencies.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
and Conditions for Donations:
Global MapAid does not normally operate a returns
procedure for donations. However in exceptional circumstances,
at the Board's discretion, donations larger
than US $1000 might be returned.