The “Flag it!" project was created to train young media makers from all over the world on how to report on environmental issues using digital visalization tools and especially open source software. Flag It! was created as a collaboration between EJN partner networks, the European Youth Press, O Eco, Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists, the Nigerian Association of Science Journalists, and two new partners the Association of Students at Journalism and Communication Studies (ASJC) Romania, and the Forum for European Journalists Students (FEJS) Latvia.
Throughout 2013, 48 young journalists from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America were trained, 12 at a time, on the best practice provided by the Brazilian association O Eco in mapping deforestation in the Amazon basin through the use of tools such as: Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Fusion Tables, Crowdmap, Ushahidi and Geocommons, among others. The course integrated field trips for the participants to apply the tools in reporting on specific on-the-ground environmental issues.