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International Initiatives

The AAG has cultivated new collaborative international programs for education and research through workshops and institutes in developing regions. All of these programs involve broad-based partnerships with public and private agencies, including the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), and regional geographical organizations in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.


Developing Fundamental Geospatial Datasets in Africa - Launched under a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the AAG in August 2008, this collaborative effort has provided support for local end-users of geospatial data in multiple African countries. The African partner organization is EIS-AFRICA, a continent-wide network for any significant environmental and mapping-related efforts on the continent.

Developing Regions Program -The AAG has long advocated interacting with and providing support to geographers and other colleagues from developing regions. To provide further opportunities for geographic collaborations in these regions, we have established the Developing Regions Membership Program, through which eligible professionals may join the AAG for the deeply discounted rate of $20 per year.

Enhancing Latin American GIS&T Capacity for Innovation and Economic Development - The AAG has over the past four years been involved in a collaborative effort to create a Center for enhancing Latin American GIS&T capacity for innovation and economic development, in recognition of the roles of technology and innovation for improving the social and economic development of the Latin American and Caribbean regions.

GeoInformation for Sustainable Urban Management and Resilience - This program is designed to promote the use of geospatial tools and information for decision-makers in medium to large cities in the developing world. The goal is to improve the efficiency and sustainability of service delivery in the burgeoning urban centers of these regions.

My Community, Our Earth (MyCOE) - My Community, Our Earth: Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development is a public-private partnership led by the AAG to help youth around the world to address sustainable development issues in their local communities using geographic tools and perspectives.