If you’ve been following us in the last year or so, you’ll know by now that MAPA is collaborating with conservationists to build a registry and map of African conservation projects: we provide the map and we let your pin your project on it.
How does this work practically? You have to go to a website, register as a user, fill out a form with information about your project, and make your record public. The map updates dynamically from the database and your project will show up on our Google Earth layer, and on our searchable browser-based map. [For a more detailed explanation of this process, read this blog post]
Easy enough? Well, it should have been. But up until know many conservationists have found the online form a little confusing to use and have consequently struggled to add their projects.
We listened to them, and today, just in time for the launch of our Zimbabwean drive, we’re happy to announce that we now have a brand new, user-friendly place when you can add your project: head over to mapa.mapaproject.org and tell us what you think!
One new feature you’ll see in the new interface is green help/instruction boxes that appear as you start entering your information in any given cell – so you should be able to add your project without having to consult instructions. However, if you’d like a little more orientation first, we have put together a new help page (currently residing on the Zimbabwean site, but not only for Zimbabweans!) and have launched a new help forum to guide you along.
If you’ve already added your project using the old system, don’t worry! Just log in as per usual to the new system and you will see your project records and associated information.
We hope that you enjoy this new interface, and if you haven’t already, you’ll add your conservation project soon!