ECOPORTIL-Environmental Protection of Areas Surrounding Ports
using Innovative Learning Tools for Legislation


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Module 6. Ecomapping of The Environmental Condition in the Ports

  • Module 6. Ecomapping of The Environmental Condition in the Ports

Eco-mapping uses several maps to visualize an organization’s environmental problems (“hot spots”). These maps depict the location and usage of water, energy, raw materials, and the locations and amounts of waste created. Together, they provide a useful, multi-layer set of graphical information that can lead immediately to environmental action programs. This visual approach makes eco-mapping very easy to understand and a useful tool for raising the awareness of employees on the environmental impacts of their organizations’ activities. It helps to understand the environmental problems, materials flows and consumption records, opinions, and the perception of workers and work processes. It also serves to involve more people in early stages of environmental management implementation without needing a huge amount of specialist understanding. Once all information is collected, environmental teams in the enterprises have a 360-degree picture of key environmental information. These can be visualized by using symbols on a simple map of the site. As 80% of environmental information is location-based, eco-maps show what is happening and where. Eco-mapping is the ideal starter kit for integrated environmental management, which aims ultimately to cut costs and the use of resources.

Eco mapping typically comprises an inventory of practices and problems, a systematic method of conducting an on-site environmental review, a collection of information which shows the current situation using imagery and other materials, a work and awareness-raising tool, a do-it-yourself tool and an array of arrangements to facilitate stakeholder involvement and participation.

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George Pachoulas