There is a significant amount of data available about the environment. Taking this data and presenting it in a format which is easy to access and understand can provide a good way of working with stakeholders to:
- Demonstrate why projects or activities are important;
- Decide what projects or interventions should target; and
- Provide a compelling case for support or funding.
A key way of presenting environmental data is through maps and Geographical Information Systems. Creating these maps requires certain skills, but there is free GIS software available. In the UK, a lot of environmental data can be accessed for free from the Environment Agency and other government sources. This can be complemented with data from local authorities, charities, environmental record centres and with data collected by local people, volunteers and citizen scientists. Maps and data analysis can be presented online, in infographics or in paper documents.