The Yarra Atlas is another of our main projects.
Project Background: Over 40 community groups and organisations collect data and conduct regular activities within the Yarra Catchment. Few of these groups present their data on open platforms and most of this data is inaccessible to the public. The Yarra Riverkeeper Association would like to collaborate with groups to collect, collate and present Yarra catchment data on a single site: The Yarra Catchment Atlas. This atlas will build knowledge within community networks and will be a pivotal tool to assist our understanding of the cultural heritage, biodiversity, and health of the Yarra Catchment and their links with Port Phillip Bay.
The Yarra Atlas is a project that has been developed to become an educational tool for everyone, schools, researchers, other environmental organisations and not-for-profits etc. The idea surfaced from realising that there are extensive amounts of information. However, every group of data has been secluded to be in one database or kept by one organisation. The idea with the Yarra Atlas is to create a platform where all of this data is freely and readily available. We want to make it as easy as possible for organisations to get this information and simultaneously create a sense of community since they are contributing to the data pool as well.
We are very excited to be able to show you our hard work and the amount of incredible collaboration we have had from many organisations across the extent of the Yarra River. Please have a look at the atlas here: Yarra Atlas