Why and How I Mapped all the Landcover in Belize

I joined OSM in 2016 when my friend suggested I do something useful. He knew I was interested in geography as I was trying to map on Google. But then a year later Google shut down mapping for users because of an Android pissing on Apple incident in Pakistan.

I then became really interested in OSM and started mapping. I had a desire for all the landcover to be mapped. I first started around my town of Spanish Lookout, then decided to do my entire district of Cayo.

It was slow work, but I persevered. After I completed the second and third districts of Stann Creek and Toledo, I learned a few tricks of mapping. By that time it was the year of 2022. The mapping tips I learned were so useful that by September of 2023 I had completed the other 3 districts, Corozal, Orange Walk and last of all Belize district.

There were a few other mappers that helped, but I did roughly 92% of the entire country. And in that time I would estimate that about 99% of roads and 97% of buildings have been mapped as well.

Going Forward

Going forward I’m planning on keeping the country up to date and continuing to map all buildings, power lines, speed bumps, etc.

And also I’m thinking of mapping all surrounding districts of Mexico and Guatemala, which we’ve started already.

Percentage of Landcover in Belize

TypeArea Sq. Km.Percentage
Location: Gnadenfeld, Spanish Lookout, Cayo District, Belize

Comment from Koreller on 25 September 2023 at 10:23

It’s incredible! What a great effort you’ve made! I too am planning to do all the roads/buildings/POI/landcover of South Hwanghae, and your project is a huge inspiration to me!

Comment from rtnf on 27 September 2023 at 06:20

Beautiful. Keep up the good work

Comment from CharliePlett on 27 September 2023 at 20:51

Thank you all for the inspiring comments.

Comment from mottiger on 2 October 2023 at 05:41

Incredible work. Would you mind share your tricks you have learned?

Comment from arukuni on 2 October 2023 at 07:08

To be completely honest - Google does not need a reason to shut services down, it needs an excuse, so saying that it was shut down because of that incident seems disingenuous.

Comment from JAAS on 2 October 2023 at 15:38

Awesome job @CharliePlett

I can gladly help you out from the Guatemala side of things. Let me know what you need & I’ll try to deliver.

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