Esri Creates First Global Map of the Catholic Church

GoodLands Uses Cutting-Edge Spatial Analysis to Launch Global
Environmental and Social Change Initiative

REDLANDS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CatholicChurch–Global smart-mapping leader Esri today announced that the GoodLands
project team has partnered with Esri to create a digital map portal of
the Catholic Church’s global landholdings.

The project uses geographic information system (GIS) technology from
Esri to inspire the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to take a more
ecological approach toward managing church land. GoodLands also assists
nonprofit Catholic aid organizations in using spatial information to
address global problems that include poverty and climate change.

“We are thrilled to partner with Esri on this initiative,” said Molly
Burhans, executive director of the GoodLands project. “GIS is the tool
that enables a holistic perspective to solve problems sustainably. Using
Esri’s technology, we are able to view urgent issues such as extreme
poverty, environmental degradation, and climate change; identify where
problems are located; and understand the impact on the people in the
area. By bringing these issues to light, we hope it will inspire others
to take action.”

The GoodLands GIS portal provides comprehensive spatial data to Catholic
organizations worldwide that support efforts in conservation, health
care, education, and other issues. The portal offers an intuitive user
experience: Individuals can contribute information, and organizations
can share data, creating a living atlas of information that can be
crowdsourced to maintain relevancy and accuracy.

Esri founder and president Jack Dangermond said, “Esri is proud to
collaborate with GoodLands on such an important and impactful global
initiative. Esri’s technology provides valuable problem-solving tools
that allow GoodLands to succeed at doing great work and making
significant change worldwide.”

Esri provides the capabilities to create, access, and store the massive
amounts of data required to map the church’s landholdings completely and
securely. The ability to visualize and analyze this data through easily
understandable maps results in a clear view of the global landscape
helping decision-makers preserve and protect the land.

Esri has a long history of assisting nonprofit organizations such as
GoodLands in serving their communities better with GIS. Learn more about
the Esri Nonprofit Organization Program at

About GoodLands

GoodLands’ goal is to help the Catholic Church make her landholdings
become a vehicle for positive global environmental and social change
through geographic information technologies and community involvement.

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to
think and plan geographically. As the market leader in GIS technology,
Esri software is used in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide
including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most
national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and
more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on
more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise
servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial
analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical
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