Highlights: COVID-19 | Second Order Impact | Mitigation Mapping
What started as a single case of COVID-19 in the Chinese province of Wuhan quickly escalated into a global crisis. The WHO declared it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. This pandemic has had direct and obvious effects on the health of millions of people around the world. However, the effects of this pandemic are not limited to those who fall sick. Even the ones who have not contracted the virus have been affected by this crisis. Such effects, which are not caused directly by the virus, but due to the actions taken by governments and citizens to mitigate the effects of the virus, are called the second order impact.
Cities' COVID-19 Mitigation Mapping (C2M2) aims to 'map' such second order impacts on different sectors aross 12 cities in 3 continents. Three cities in Asia, three cities in Africa and six cities in South America are working to catalog the existing data on, and mitigating efforts of, such impacts on various aspects of their cities and their citizens.
Since tourism is one of the main economic lifelines of Nepal, Kathmandu Living Labs -- the C2M2 city partner for Nepal -- will focus on this sector. The goal of the C2M2 Nepal project is to expedite the process of reviving tourism and restoring livelihoods of the people associated with it, with the help of geospatial tools and techniques.
Each of the three continents are also coordinated by a regional hub. Kathmandu Living Labs is also the Asia Hub for C2M2 project. It will be coordinating the works of Public Innovation Lab (PIL) in Ulaanbaatar and Bangladesh OpenStreetMap Innovation Lab (BOIL) in Dhaka.
C2M2 is funded by the US Department of State, and managed by the American Association of Geographers (AAG).