The “Flag it!” project aims to train young media makers from all over the world on how to report on environmental issues at local level with a global impact by using digital visualization tools in open source.

To this aim 48 young journalists from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America will be involved, 12 at a time, in a training course that will take place across the world as follows: in São Paulo (Brazil, 20-26 May 2013), Lagos (Nigeria, 1-7 July 2013), Manila (Philippines, 9-15 September 2013) and Bucharest (Romania, 7-13 October 2013).

The “Flag it!” training course will be based on the best practice provided by the Brazilian association “O Eco” in mapping deforestation in the Amazon basin through the use of tools such as: Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Fusion Tables, Crowdmap, Ushahidi and Geocommons, among others. The course will have integrated field trips for the participants to apply the tools in reporting on specific on-the-ground environmental issues.

Results and impact

At the end of “Flag it!”, in November 2013, 48 young journalists from four continents will be able to use free digital mapping tools to cover environmental issues in their regions. Each of them will produce a report using the tools learnt during the course.

“Flag it!” aims to continue its mission through its own follow-up events and development of working groups, in order to help foster a new global trend in environmental reporting. For this reason, the project will also result in an online handbook through which anyone can learn to use these tools. The handbook will be published on this website, and will be further spread by the EYP and the partner organisations.