Google Earth and Oceans have been advocated as an important tool for coastal resource management globally, but more data is still needed.
That is why free training workshops using Google Earth for Creating & Editing MPA Data were available at the World Ocean Conference and the International Marine Conservation Congress through an IUCN and Google initiative. These workshops were designed for coastal managers, community members, data managers, scientists and other interested stakeholders to use Google Earth to communicate their conservation issues. Adding data is vital to our monitoring efforts.
These workshops were offered to teach participants how to create and edit data in Google Earth and to edit and upload Marine Protected Area (MPA) data, photos, videos, and stories to a web portal ProtectPlanet Ocean (www.protectplanetocea...) for the world to see in Google Earth. The multi-partner web portal provides a conduit to the best marine conservation information on the web, also allowing users to add MPA data and multimedia content displayed in Google Earth, to continue to improve the World Database on Protected Areas.