The project

The “Flag it!” project aims to train young media makers from all over the world on how to report on environmental issues at local level with a global impact by using digital visalization tools in open source.
To this aim 48 young journalists from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America will be involved, 12 at a time, in a training course that will take place across the world as follows: in São Paulo (Brazil, 20-26 May 2013), Lagos (Nigeria, 1-7 July 2013), Manila (Philippines, 9-15 September 2013) and Bucharest (Romania, 7-13 October 2013).
The “Flag it!” training course will be based on the best practice provided by the Brazilian association “O Eco” in mapping deforestation in the Amazon basin through the use of tools such as: Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Fusion Tables, Crowdmap, Ushahidi and Geocommons, among others. The course will have integrated field trips for the participants to apply the tools in reporting on specific on-the-ground environmental issues.


Results and impact

At the end of “Flag it!”, in November 2013, 48 young journalists from four continents will be able to use free digital mapping tools to cover environmental issues in their regions. Each of them will produe a report using the tools learnt during the course.

“Flag it!” aims to continue its mission through its own follow-up events and development of working groups, in order to help foster a new global trend in environmental reporting. For this reason, the project will also result in an online handbook through which anyone can learn to use these tools. The handbook will be published on this website, and will be further spread by the EYP and the partner organisations.



The “Flag it” project is funded, for the 80% of its total budget, by the European Commission through its “Youth in Action” Programme – Action 3.2: “Youth in the World”

The projects staff is actually running a fundraising campaignin order to realize all the activities foreseen by the project.

For more information please visit the section: “Contribute to Flag it”.

Project funded by the European Commission through the Youth in Action Programme