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Title: An inventory of citizen science activities for environmental policies


Citizen science is the non-professional involvement of volunteers in the scientific process, whether in the data collection phase or in other phases of the research. It can be a powerful tool for environmental management that has the potential to inform an increasingly complex environmental policy landscape and to meet the growing demands from society for more participatory decision-making. While there is growing interest from international bodies and national governments in citizen science, the evidence that it can successfully contribute to environmental policy development, implementation, evaluation or compliance remains scant. Central to elucidating this question is a better understanding of the benefits delivered by citizen science, that is to determine to what extent these benefits can contribute to environmental policy, and to establish whether projects that provide policy support also co-benefit science and encourage meaningful citizen engagement.

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How to cite
European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment; European Commission, Joint Research Centre; Bio Innovation Service (2018):  An inventory of citizen science activities for environmental policies. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:
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  • publication Citizen science for environmental policy


  • publication Understanding the Citizen Science Landscape for European Environmental Policy: An Assessment and Recommendations


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Additional information
Last modified 2020-03-27
Issue date 2018-10-01
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Geographic area World
Update frequency irregular
Language English
Data theme(s) Environment; Science and technology
EuroVoc domain(s) 36 SCIENCE; 52 ENVIRONMENT

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