#IHEUrgentAction Mapathon for Pakistan

  • 22 Sep 2022
  • 17:30 - 20:00
  • IHE Delft Auditorium, Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft
South Asia
Delft, The Netherlands

On 22 September, IHE Delft is hosting a Mapathon for the Missing Maps project focused on the recent floods in Pakistan.

Mapping Party

During the Mapping Party, IHE Delft students, staff, alumni, YouthMappers and other volunteers will map a flood affected area in Pakistan based on satellite images, on OpenStreetMap, a detailed, open-access map of the world. Volunteers in the mapping district will later add local information, for example on schools, sanitary provisions, hospitals and water point monitoring in the local language to make the data on the map will become more relevant on the ground.   

We invite everybody to become an volunteer for a night. You don’t have to have any experience; it is easy to learn and we have experts available to help you on your way. Bring your laptop and mouse and join the initiative at IHE Delft or online.

Importance of mapping vulnerable areas

Good mapping material is essential to strengthen vulnerable places that are suffering from epidemics, conflicts, natural disasters, poverty or environmental problems. Mapping helps governments to make better (policy) decisions and aid organisations to offer better assistance by making knowledge about medical activities and the distribution of needed relief supplies available in advance. In cases of disaster, they are able to react better and quicker. 


Missing Maps is an international crowdsourcing initiative through which people from all over the world contribute to the augmentation of the world map on OpenStreetMap. In doing so, they focus on the world’s most vulnerable spots. More than 15,000 people are involved and, together, they have contributed more than 24 million updates. So-called mapathons are being held all over the world to bring the map more up to date, little by little.


Everybody is welcome to join the Mapping Party, which will be held at IHE Delft as well as online. The party is free and you don't need any specialist technical knowledge. You are welcome from 17:30 hrs CEST.

If you are interested in joining: please sign up by filling in this form. We will make sure that you are registered to enter the IHE Delft building or join the party online. 

Missing Maps continues

Missing Maps is an initiative of the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and other organization that aim  to map the most vulnerable places in the developing world. Learn more about it here.

For more information about our hosting partners visit the OpenMap Development Tanzania, SUZA YouthMappers and SMCoSEYM YouthMappers.


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