A vision for global biodiversity monitoring with citizen science

Pocock, Michael J.O.; Chandler, Mark; Bonney, Rick; Thornhill, Ian; Albin, Anna; August, Tom ORCID:; Bachman, Steven; Brown, Peter M.J.; Cunha, Davi Gasparini Fernandes; Grez, Audrey; Jackson, Colin; Peters, Monica; Rabarijaon, Narindra Romer; Roy, Helen E. ORCID:; Zaviezo, Tania; Danielsen, Finn. 2018 A vision for global biodiversity monitoring with citizen science. Advances in Ecological Research, 59. 169-223.

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Global biodiversity monitoring is urgently needed across the world to assess the impacts of environmental change on biodiversity. One way to increase monitoring is through citizen science. ‘Citizen science’ is a term that we use in this chapter to describe the diverse approaches that involve people in monitoring in a voluntary capacity, thus including participatory monitoring in which people work collaboratively with scientists in developing monitoring. There is great unrealised potential for citizen science, especially in Asia and Africa. However, to fulfil this potential citizen science will need to meet local needs (for participants, communities and decision makers, including people's own use of the data and their motivations to participate) and support global needs for biodiversity monitoring (including the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets). Activities should be feasible (for participants to provide scientifically rigorous data) and useful (for data users, from local to global scales). We use examples from across the world to demonstrate how monitoring can engage different types of participants, through different technologies, to record different variables according to different sampling approaches. Overall, these examples show how citizen science has the potential to provide a step change in our ability to monitor biodiversity—and hence respond to threats at all scales from local to global.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0065-2504
Additional Keywords: Aichi Biodiversity Target, biodiversity, citizen science, community-based, global, monitoring, participatory, sustainable development goal, technology, volunteer
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 30 Oct 2018 15:05 +0 (UTC)

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