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UNHCR visualizes its global operational response with custom Mapbox basemaps, built with Mapbox Studio, GL JS, and the Mapbox Tiling Service

Key benefits of building with Mapbox

  • Mapbox GL JS provides a fast and flexible platform for interactive maps
  • The Mapbox Tiling Service powers fast and efficient global dataset processing
  • Mapbox Studio enables to design custom map styles

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Mapbox Tiling Service

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. For over half a century their teams have helped millions of refugees and other forcibly displaced populations with protection services, core relief items like food, medical supplies and shelter, as well as support to restart their lives.

UNHCR uses dynamically updated maps to visualize their global operational response, including the response to the severe humanitarian impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A key advantage to working with Mapbox is customizability. Their maps must follow the UN mandated standards for representing national borders and names. Mapbox Tiling Service enables UNHCR to upload and process their boundary data, and in Mapbox Studio they can design a standard map style for reuse across the agency in Mapbox GL JS application and PowerBI visualizations.

The tools and support generously provided by Mapbox enable UNHCR and its partners to better serve those that need assistance the most. Using Mapbox, UNHCR is able to produce maps that meet UN standards while also providing the best performance and reliability for our inter-agency coordination and data sharing platform.

Léo Martine, Information Management Officer, UNHCR

Basemaps created in Mapbox Studio and made available in ArcGIS Online for UNHCR users.

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