what keeps us busy?
At the Ger Community Mapping Center, our volunteers and collaborators focus on addressing urban and environmental challenges.
We work on areas ranging from urban services, small businesses, public health and safety, pollution, energy efficiency, environmental protection and sustainable practices.
We are always developing and testing ideas, piloting mapping projects to generate useful and interesting maps, based on information relevant to local communities, to bring about a positive impact.
"A map provides no answers. It only suggests where to look: Discover this, reexamine that, put one thing in relation to another, orient yourself, begin here..." - Miles Harvey, The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime
some examples of our work
traffic accidents in the city
Traffic in continuous urbanization coupled with poor planning and regulation can threaten the safety of all those involved. Questions we are finding answers to include:
"Where do we have the most traffic accidents occurring in the city?"
"Why are some intersections more dangerous than others?" "Who is involved in traffic accidents?"
"How can we make traffic safer for children on their way to kindergarten and school?"
Our research relates to the following questions:
"How many people garden in the ger area?"
"What are the conditions that allow ger area residents to plant on their plot?"
"Can gardening foster stronger local communities?"
"Would the city have enough water if everyone in the ger area gardened on their plot?"
solid waste management
We are researching the following areas:
"What does the current solid waste management system look like?"
"Who are the stakeholders in this area?"
"What happens to the your household waste after it's been picked up?"
"Do we pay enough for waste collection services?"
"How can we be a part of a cleaner city?"
local development fund
A fund exists for local communities to decide how they would improve their neighborhoods. Questions we are tackling in this area include:
"What is the project selection process of the fund?
"What opportunities exist for local community groups?"
"What has been done with the fund since 2013, and how can we make the most out it in the coming years?"
Did you know that the most in-demand public services at local khoroos (urban unit within Ulaanbaatar) are those that relate to social welfare?
But how much do we know about the vulnerable population in our communities?
What are their needs?
How about gender when it comes to target groups?
Spaces occupied and organized by people take shapes, forms, and names. Some common ones include a family, a company, a school, a park or a city, on a slightly larger scale.
All of these depend on human communication to exist. Our research topics relating to this subject include:
"What kind of relationships are there in the ger area neighborhoods?"
"How do people relate to each other?"
"How do communities form?"
The construction boom in Ulaanbaatar, coupled with a lack of enforced monitoring / accountability mechanisms, as well as poor planning of industrial zones of the city results in informal, irregular, and irresponsible handling and disposal of construction waste.
It is essential to understand how construction waste is dealt with currently, within the greater context of the construction industry. All of us have an invested interest in how construction waste managed if we hope to preserve environment for this and future generations.