Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project
What is stewardship?
At its core, environmental stewardship means to care for the land, waters, and air around us. We include the full diversity of groups that make communities and their environment healthy and safe places to live, learn, and play. This includes groups who work to conserve, manage, monitor, transform, care for specific living things, build partnerships, engage in place-based traditional gathering of resources for consumption, restore native habitat, prepare for environmental disturbances, fund or provide in-kind material support, and educate on and/or advocate for the environment across a defined city, region, or landscape.
WHAT IS STEW-MAP?
The Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP) of Southern New England is a survey and public database designed to map where stewardship organizations work and how they are connected to each other with the goal of strengthening community capacity for stewardship in this region.
It addresses the questions:
- Who are the active environmental stewardship groups in the Southern New England region?
- Where do they work, how do they collaborate and what type of work do they do?
- Where are there gaps and where are there concentrations of care?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- Establish where stewardship activities are strong and where they can be enhanced
- Support cross-site learning and capacity building
- Synergize activities among different places and agencies
- Help stewards develop stronger funding proposals
- Visualize the social infrastructure that makes stewardship possible, with maps & diagrams for different a neighborhoods, cities or regions
WHAT IS THE PROJECT AREA?
We are focusing on groups working on land and water stewardship in the Southern New England Program (SNEP) Region
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We will collect survey data to create a public, online stewardship database and map of community, civic, and other groups.