Capturing governance impact stories in citizen science initiatives, Citizen Observatories and community-based environmental monitoring projects

Raquel Ajates, Uta Wehn, Mohammad Gharesifard, Dilek Fraisl

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Abstract

Best practice in citizen science (CS) is evolving in response to societal-policy objectives based on the aspiration to bring together citizens, scientists and policy makers to advance science as well as to inform and improve policy making processes on environmental issues. While capturing impacts is a standard objective for CS initiatives, including Citizen Observatories and community-based environmental monitoring projects, capturing governance impacts is often a challenge. The barriers to capturing governance success stories are time and conceptually related. Regarding timing, governance impacts often require longer timelines to materialise compared to the average length of CO projects, meaning any tangible changes often occur after the end of project activities. Furthermore, projects tackling environmental challenges through citizen science often focus on scientific over governance objectives, either due to stronger interest in the former and/or lack of expertise, resources and clarity in the latter. We refer to governance in the context of COs as the definition of goals by a range of actors on the thematic topic that a given observatory focuses on, e.g. water quality, soil, biodiversity, etc., as well as to related decision-making processes, e.g. decisions about the monitored resource. This paper shares WeObserve’s Governance Impact Community of Practice’s methodological work on a tool that 1) has been tested to capture governance impact stories from existing CO projects 2) can support ongoing and new projects to plan ahead and build into their project design the resources and information needed to capture any potential governance impacts their activities might achieve. The template has been revised and piloted with experts in the area. Governance impact stories and insights from three case studies are shared: Making Sense, Groundtruth and WeSenseIt.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication11th International Symposium on Digital Earth
Subtitle of host publicationBook of Short Abstracts
EditorsM. A. Liberti, P. Mazzetti, S. Nativi
Pages66
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sep 2019
Event11th International Symposium on Digital Earth - Florence, Italy
Duration: 24 Sep 201927 Sep 2019
http://www.digitalearth2019.eu/

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Conference11th International Symposium on Digital Earth
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period24/09/1927/09/19
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    Ajates, R., Wehn, U., Gharesifard, M., & Fraisl, D. (2019). Capturing governance impact stories in citizen science initiatives, Citizen Observatories and community-based environmental monitoring projects. In M. A. Liberti, P. Mazzetti, & S. Nativi (Eds.), 11th International Symposium on Digital Earth: Book of Short Abstracts (pp. 66) http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/19346/1/Booklet_ISDE11_final1.pdf