We, at the Atlas of Life Budawang Coast, are really pleased to let you know that our NatureMapr network has been listed as a finalist in the 2018 Banksia Sustainability Awards.
The Banksia Sustainability Awards are the most prestigious and longest running sustainability awards in Australia. They are recognized internationally as highlighting innovation and leadership in sustainability through the lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The NatureMapr network covers all of south-east NSW and encompasses Canberra Nature Map, Atlas of Life Coastal Wilderness and our own Atlas of Life Budawang Coast. This is a huge honour for our group and the wider NatureMapr network. The award recognizes the importance of citizen science and the support it has received from contributors, moderators, our local communities, government agencies and the scientific community.
On behalf of the ALBC team, we would like to thank our sponsors for their support for our project. We now have nearly 200,000 records on ALBC database. These records have come from local contributions and also from the Atlas of Living Australia. We will shortly be adding all the available records from the Office of Environment and Heritage. This means that a comprehensive record of all sightings in our area can be accessed and used every day to inform environmental decision-making, inform residents and tourists about the natural environment in the Shoalhaven and support educational activities for kids in schools. As our Atlas develops, more and more uses will be found for the application and available data.
We would also personally like to thank our ALBC team; administrators, contributors and moderators for all their hard work and contributions to get us to this point. The growth of the ALBC has been due to incredible effort from our local community, with the strong support of both Canberra Nature Map and Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness and of course, the NatureMapr creator, Aaron Clausen. Our growth so far has exceeded our expectations. We will continue to work with our local community and the other NatureMapr projects to design ways for the project to further contribute to meeting our local community needs.