Success Stories at Rio+20

On this page, we will be highlighting partner projects showing how these tools are being applied to issues and projects involving the environment and sustainable development. The projects will be added here, as they are announced and launched at Rio+20.

Aliança da Terra just released three new maps, relating to Brazilian cattle and soy producers who are part of Aliança da Terra's Registry of Social-environmental Responsibility, as well as a map showing where Aliança da Terra's Fire Brigade has operated in 2010 and 2011, and the impact their efforts have made. The maps were built with Google Maps Engine, and give information about the farms' progress in the Registry, as well as the criteria that goes into their Registry score. Check out the RSR map, a more detailed map of a farm, and the fire brigade map on their website now!

This week at the Rio+20 conference, the Surui tribe of the Brazilian Amazon are launching their Surui Cultural Map on Google Earth. This represents the culmination of a unique five-year collaboration between the Surui people and Google, which began in June 2007 when Chief Almir Surui first visited Google and proposed a partnership. Read more at our blog, and explore the map now!  And you can also check out a new video which shows the evolution of the partnership and the project.

Today we unveiled the initial fruits of a unique collaboration with a member of the European Parliament and the Society for Conservation Biologists: a global, interactive map of the world’s “Roadless Areas.” Read more at our blog, and explore the map now!