Mapping Haiti - Focus Areas

Concern have prioritised a large area in Haiti to be mapped, which Missing Maps have divided up into what’s called “Mapping Tasks”. Each of our mapathon events will focus on these tasks so that eventually the smaller tasks add up to a much larger area – avoiding ad-hoc mapping that’s scattered across many different areas. 

By the end of our Map Haiti Initiative the aim is to have a digital map available for general use on Open Street Map and also by Concern Haiti as context for the work they do there.  The maps will be used to help Concern volunteers on the ground in Haiti respond to emergency situations. They will be able to plan and implement projects more successfully once they are able to identify buildings, roads and other basic information.

Esri Ireland are working with Concern Worldwide to organise mapping events and recruit new mapping volunteers from schools, universities, other NGOs, community groups and social media followers. A series of events will be held in Ireland to map basic elements visible on satellite imagery (roads, paths, buildings) and Concern staff in Haiti will engage with the community and local mappers to add local information and knowledge of features such as water points, health services, schools, waste disposal areas, green spaces, flood prone areas etc.

Esri Ireland team at the first Missing Maps workshop on September 23rd

For our first session, our target area was Bois Neuf and Cité Gerard: densely populated neighbouring areas near the coast in Port-au-Prince.  After an introduction to our Haiti programmes from Concern’s Laura Hastings, volunteers began mapping by carefully drawing around buildings and roads in Bois Neuf and Cité Gerard using drone imagery from 2014.

The team worked from a highlighting a grid of 106 tiles which covered the area to me mapped.  We added 1,448 buildings and 9km roads – a great result and a solid start at improving the digital maps.

Before Missing Maps Workshop

After Missing Maps Workshop