Google Earth Outreach is bringing up precise and in-depth information with the help of mapping and satellite technology. If we look at the earth in wide, there exist different issues which are linked to people and planet that requires better knowledge for best solutions. Few of the major problems that need to be addressed are conservation of forests, wildlife, water, pollution control, health, education in remote areas etc. These challenges are complex to understand and solve without the assistance of technology.
The Google Earth Outreach consists of mapping and satellite technology tools that help different NGOs to tackle global issues. Mapping tools like Google Earth, My Maps, Street View, Earth Engine, Tour Builder, Fusion Tables, Google Maps API, Spreadsheet Mapping, Open Data Kit(ODK) has the potential to solve social problems. Already innovative stakeholders around the globe are using Google Earth Outreach tools for social good.
Google Earth Outreach has now extended its support to Indian NGOs. As per the recent 'India State Forest Report 2017', India is among the top 10 nations that have highest forest area. The environmental and cultural landscape of India is drastically changing day-after-day. In the past two years, India has added 8,021 Sq Km of forest and trees. The Google Earth Outreach program also conducts multi-city training, outreach programs, and innovations on new ways through which local and regional organizations can benefit.
Many social projects in India are currently using GIS and Google Mapping Tools for improving environmental sustainability. There are even projects which highlight requirements of people living in the remote and rural area.
The Nature Conservation Foundation is one of these projects. They conduct research on conservation of wildlife and their habitats. This project helps in identifying and tracking endangered species and gathers information on their survival needs. It uses Google Earth Engine to power its research and uses affordable technologies for mapping and visualizing data.
The other projects which are extensively using Google Earth tools to leverage their studies are India Literary Project that creates immersive educational experiences for rural classrooms, Shelter Associates improving sanitation for India's urban poor, Open Water Data that helps to solve India's water problems.