GER COMMUNITY MAPPING CENTER – MONGOLIA
Ulaanbaatar and other regions of Mongolia.
To promote community mapping as a tool for self-empowerment of local communities for sustainable urban development.
We envision cities and communities, that regardless their scale, are sustainable, safe, and inclusive. We envision cities where decision-makers listen and cater to local residents, and people work together to solve issues with creativity and innovation.t.
Ger Community Mapping Center (GCMC) is a non – governmental organization dedicated to sustainable, equal access urban development through community engagement and participatory decision-making. The GCMC, formerly a community group named Eco Friendly Community, has been doing community mapping activities in the ger areas since 2012.
We promote community mapping as a planning, awareness and outreach tool to advocate for sustainable, participatory and eco-friendly solutions to address local urban problems. The central focus of our work is to engage local communities in discussions about issues they face in their local environment. As a former community group, we know how to reach out to and involve community members.
We facilitate discussions with community members through community workshops, street meetings and gatherings. At these discussions we collectively identify issues, solutions and the next steps to improve these people’s communities.
At the Ger Community Mapping Center, our volunteers and collaborators focus on addressing urban and environmental challenges.
We work on areas ranging from urban services, small businesses, public health and safety, pollution, energy efficiency, environmental protection and sustainable practices.
We are always developing and testing ideas, piloting mapping projects to generate useful and interesting maps, based on information relevant to local communities, to bring about a positive impact.
Did you know that the most in-demand public services at local khoroos (urban unit within Ulaanbaatar) are those that relate to social welfare?
But how much do we know about the vulnerable population in our communities?
What are their needs?
How about gender when it comes to target groups?
Our research relates to the following questions:
”How many people garden in the ger area?”
“What are the conditions that allow ger area residents to plant on their plot?”
”Can gardening foster stronger local communities?”
“Would the city have enough water if everyone in the ger area gardened on their plot?”
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
We are researching the following areas:
“What does the current solid waste management system look like?”
“Who are the stakeholders in this area?”
“What happens to the your household waste after it’s been picked up?”
“Do we pay enough for waste collection services?”
“How can we be a part of a cleaner city?”
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FUND
A fund exists for local communities to decide how they would improve their
neighborhoods. Questions we are tackling in this area include:
“What is the project selection process of the fund?
“What opportunities exist for local community groups?”
“What has been done with the fund since 2013, and how can we make the most out it
in the coming years?”
P.O Box 72, Centra l Post Office, Ulaanbaatar, 15160, Mongolia
B Block, National Childre n’s Library, 8th khoroo, Sukhbaatar district, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia