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Apply for the 2022 RCMRD Mapping Competition

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) announces the 2022 Map Competition, themed “Enhancing the Role of Geo-conservation in Protected Areas Management and Environmental Conservation”. The total price tag is EUR 10,000. The competition aims to promote the use of Earth Observation and create awareness of the data-sharing geoportals and observatories to allow users to discover GIS datasets and creatively use them to develop innovative solutions. Participants are encouraged to unleash their full potential and realise their passion for creating web maps, story maps, data dashboards or web applications.

Who can Apply?

Twenty-four African countries are eligible to participate in this year’s mapping competition. 

Award Prices

The two main themes of the competition are Terrestrial (Related to Planet Earth Land) and Marine (Related to the Oceans & Blue Economy). There will be four winners in each of the following categories:

In addition, all the four winners will receive a one-year Esri ArcGIS for Personal use licence.

Judging Criteria
Data Sources

The following sources of Spatial Dataset may be used:

All submitted entries must use at least two datasets from any of the data sources named above. Other data sources may be used as well.

Submission Formats

Applicants can submit as many entries as they want, and the final outputs are expected to be submitted in any of the four submission formats indicated below i.e 


Click on the icons below to get tutorial resources for each submission format. 

Three online webinars will be held to explain how to use the various data sources and showcase examples of the different submission formats that can be used. The webinars are scheduled to run on 24-Aug-2022, 14-Sep-2022 and 28-Sep-2022, all starting at 11:00 East African Time.

Important Dates and Link

For more information about the competition, visit the portal here.

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