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Hubs

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Our regional and national Hubs constitute a level of leadership between GMS’s global office and the locally-led Green Map projects around the world. They are formed by experienced project leaders to support the growing number of Mapmakers in their geographical location. Hubs offer one-to-one mentoring, trainings, Mapmaker exchange meetings, public presentations, translated resources, press releases, project updates and manage collaborative projects. These decentralized ‘encouragement agencies’ are critical to our movement. Their impact on the world and on communities in their country/region is remarkable!

You can visit Hub websites, or click the arrows below to learn about each Hub. Our page in their language is linked to each Hub’s description below

Japan - GreenMapJapan.org in Japanese
Indonesia - greenmap.or.id in Indonesian
4 European Riverside Cities 4bshive.wordpress.com/ in English
China - GreenMap.cn in Chinese (simplified)
Latin America - MapaVerde.org in Spanish and Portuguese
Taiwan - gmap.greenmap.tw in Chinese (traditional)

Active Hubs without websites include:
Asian Hub
Cuba
Pan-America

Japan

This was the first Hub, formed in anticipation of a boom as the first cover story appeared in a Japanese magazine about Green Mapmaking, and as planning for Aichi EXPO 2005 got underway. By May 2007, 70 Japanese Green Map projects were created! Co-founder and continuing director Misako Yomosa has published extensive annual reports, the website GreenMapJapan.org, co-produced three books, and held both national and Asian Hub meetings with the GMJ Board. Co-founder Masahiro Horiuchi has focused on youth involvement and produced the Mirai (The Future) program.

Our Japanese Global Welcome in Nihongo!

Latin America

Formed during the first Global Mapmakers Meeting in 2002, Cuban, Brazilian, Colombian and Chilean Mapmakers pooled efforts to produce MapaVerde.org and collaborated with North Americans to publish a community mapping book, Mapeando Nuestra Tierra Comun- Mapping Our Common Ground. With Latin Liaison Carlos Martinez in the Green Map office in New York, outreach has helped the Hub grow – today there are projects in 10 South and Central American and Caribbean countries.

Our Spanish Global Welcome in Español!

Indonesia

Established by Jakarta Mapmaker, Marco Kusumajiwaya and co-led by Elanto Wijoyono to involve more communities across this sprawling archipelago, there were 11 diverse Indonesian Green Map projects as of May 2007. Annual meetings, exhibits and a booklet have been co-produced. The Borobudur Green Map is a joint Hub effort, and like many of the Green Maps created in this country, sustaining cultural heritage is a core concern. Follow their progress at greenmap.or.id in Bahasa Indonesian.

Our Indonesian Global Welcome Bahasa Indonesian!

Europe

European Green Mapmakers held their first regional meeting in 2000, starting in Malmo Sweden and traveling to EXPO 2000 in Hanover Germany, where GMS was recognized as an EXPO ‘Project Around the World’. Subsequent meetings in Copenhagen, Dublin and Italy encouraged the Hub to gel, and by 2004, work on the Hub’s website, Europe.GreenMap.org had begun, developed by Ciprian Samoila.

Global Welcome in European Languages to come

China

Hu Huizhe at Friends of Nature Beijing is the Hub leader for China, and has held meetings bringing regional Green Mapmakers together since 2005, and presenting to NGO and university groups. Together, with interns in the New York office, the website GreenMap.cn was launched in 2006. As of May 2007, there were a dozen unique projects in China!

Our Chinese Global Welcome in Simplified Chinese!

Taiwan

Creators of the wonderful book Energetic Green Map Movement (books) that illustrates the depth of involvement around the country is Hub leader, Society of Wilderness. As described in this story (taiwan03), dozens of Green Maps have been published, easily explored here in PDF format. Jen Pei Wong is a co-leader, contact Junbun (junbun@gmail.com) for information.

Cuba

Since 1999, Green Mapmakers at Centro Felix Varela have helped urban and rural communities in 12 of Cuba’s 14 provinces take part in Green Mapmaking, as described in this story in Spanish. National meetings, newsletters, videos, songs and many workshops have been created, with a leadership team headed by Liana Bidart. Newsletters (in Spanish) from 2003, 2004, 2005 provide greater insight into their exciting work, as does the video, Gotica a Gotica, available with subtitles at the Green Map Store.

Our Spanish Global Welcome in Español!

Asian Hub

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Pan-America

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