For the 9th Data for a Cause challenge we visualized international progress in marine conservation for the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). I'm thrilled to announce the winners!
UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre is a world leader in biodiversity knowledge. It works with scientists and policy makers worldwide to place biodiversity at the heart of environment and development decision-making to enable enlightened choices for people and the planet.
In 2010, the "Aichi Biodiversity Targets" were adopted. For the marine environment, the target is to effectively conserve at least 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020.
The goal of the competition was compare land and marine protected areas to show the positive growth since 2010.
Comment from UNEP-WCMC team: We particularly liked the comparison with land and the world map with the circles of different colours as well as the tree map showing the largest sites.
With data visualizations from so many different places - Canada, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Japan, Singapore, United States, United Kingdom - it was one of the most diverse competitions to date! I'm also happy to see the diversity of data visualization tools - Tableau, Power BI, Data Studio, D3.JS.
"It was really great to see what people have done in such as short space of time! It was also interesting to see the different approaches people took and the software they used to create them." - UNDP-WCMC.
Huge congratulations to everyone, there were no bad stories among the submissions. Please cheer for all participants of this challenge!