The project Greenmap Belarus will help change people's environmental habits, Yevgeny Lobanov, Director of the Center for Environmental Solutions, said during the presentation of the project at the 7th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention.
“One of the key objectives of this project was to create a public instrument that would help us to bring about a certain change in people's environmental habits and increase public environmental awareness. As their everyday habits change, people get more involved in various processes associated with the protection of the environment in our country. We have developed the Greenmap website (greenmap.by) that is already operational in almost all the cities of Belarus. The information is provided by volunteers,” Yevgeny Lobanov said.
The resource provides information about key environmental sites: waste collection points, environmental protection organizations, sites with renewable energy installations, unique natural zones, including parks and reserves. The map shows places with equipment that uses renewable energy: solar panels and collectors, wind-powered generators.
Yevgeny Lobanov emphasized the need to engage as many people as possible in gathering information for Greenmap and using the website, especially in the regions. “The resource will be further developed. Basic maps have already been created for almost all the cities of Belarus. Volunteers are currently busy verifying them. Local authorities show interest in the project: it is important for them to make sure that the environmental sites of their regions are reflected on Greenmap,” he added.
The project Greenmap Belarus received the first prize in the E-environment nomination of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2017. The resource has been developed by the Center for Environmental Solutions under the project of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection “Supporting the Transition to a Green Economy in the Republic of Belarus” financed by the EU and implemented by the UN Development Program.