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Data for a Cause Teams Up with the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Toronto, Canada, May 27, 2017 --( Data For a Cause, a popular international data visualization competition, has teamed up with the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre to offer support for their Protected Planet project. is a publicly available online platform where users can learn about terrestrial and marine protected areas, access related statistics and download data from the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA).

The project is managed by the United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) with support from the IUCN and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).

The platform is able to provide Data For a Cause volunteers with the most up-to-date, trusted and complete sources of information on protected areas (national parks, conservation areas, marine reserves, etc.), updated just a few days ago, with submissions from governments, non-governmental organizations, landowners, and communities.

“Our home is a blue planet. Life is transformed into a beautiful world. A world that sustains human life. However, Earth has become a very crowded place. We are exploiting its natural resources at an unsustainable rate,” a project video says.

According to the Protected Planet video, human beings have destroyed enormous areas of the natural environment, degraded fertile lands, and overfished the oceans. Protected areas are one of the solutions to this situation. “They are … defined spaces where we strive to achieve the long term conservation of nature.” a project’s video says.

Volunteers are requested to submit the data visualizations by May 24, 2017. All participants get the chance of earning the title of winner of the challenge, and getting recognition from UNEP-WCMC. All data visualizations will serve the purpose of encouraging people to learn more about protected areas, and ultimately helping to raise awareness about the solutions to environmental problems offered by protected areas.

“There are many interesting data stories in this data set that are just waiting to be told. We are hoping that mission-driven organizations, researchers and governments will discover this valuable database on protected areas and use it for better planning, policy development, business and conservation initiatives,” says Olga Tsubiks, the organizer of the Data For a Cause Challenge.

Today, there are over 300 Data For a Cause volunteers, across 35 countries. Four challenges have so far taken place, since the challenge began in January 2017. All the submitted data visualizations can be viewed on Twitter, using the hashtag #dataforacause and on the dedicated data visualizations web page.

Facts about the project:

The Data For a Cause Challenge was launched to bring together not-for-profits, NGOs, charities and data visualization professionals. Select from previous competitions; volunteer profiles can be found on the website of the challenge.

For more information:
Olga Tsubiks
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Olga Tsubiks
Lyudmila Tsubiks
+39 3333158843

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