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Protected Planet, UN Online Mapping Application, Built with Open Source Geospatial Technologies

Protected Planet, an interactive mapping website launched in October, provides information and media on protected areas across the world.  Developers from the United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) built the server-side components of the application, while front-end development and visual design was handled by Vizzuality, a Madrid-based company that specializes in biodiversity informatics.  As both organizations are committed to open source solutions, UNEP-WCMC used PostGIS for the Protected Planet spatial database, while Vizzuality relied upon GeoServer to serve Protected Planet's geospatial data.  PostGIS and GeoServer are both supported by OpenGeo, a global leader in open source geospatial solutions.