Digital platform helps Irish group clean 3 tonnes of litter from the coastLeigh Mc Gowranon April 21, 2022 at 13:30 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic


Geographic information system (GIS) player Esri Ireland has helped an environmental action group collect nearly three tonnes of litter from the Northern Irish coast.

North Coast World Earth has been using Esri’s digital mapping platform, ArcGIS, to record information about the litter it has collected and improve its ability to clean coastal regions.

The volunteer group has been able to record litter hot spots, share locations where bins are full or unusable, record instances of fly tipping and the impact of litter pollution in protected areas.

The digital platform allows the group to engage with local communities, as groups can access personalised dashboards to see their contribution to the litter collection and celebrate their achievements. This also helps environmental education, by clearly showing involved pupils how they can reducing pollution.

“The beauty of our ArcGIS maps and dashboards is that it provides evidence of the types, volumes and locations of the litter collected by our members,” North Coast World Earth chair Gavin Wallace said. “There are no limits to the amount of data that members can put into ArcGIS; it’s just phenomenal.”

“In the months and years ahead, the ArcGIS platform will provide key data that will help raise further awareness about the issues that face our environment,” Wallace added.

The environmental group said its website has helped improve data accuracy and reduce the administrative burden for its committee. The organisation said data no longer needs to be collected from multiple sources such as emails and social media, which is more sustainable and efficient as the group grows.

North Coast World Earth is also able to use the collected data to campaign effectively with councils to help lobby for new actions to prevent littering.

“North Coast World Earth is doing invaluable work in the Causeway Coast and Glens area of Northern Ireland,” Esri Ireland customer success manager Jamie Wallace said. “Esri Ireland is proud to support this work and provide a sustainable platform which will enable the group to continue to grow and tackle the important issue of litter pollution.”

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