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Citizen Science in UK Environmental Policy

DITOs consortium, ; (2019) Citizen Science in UK Environmental Policy. (DITOs Policy Brief 7 ). Doing It Together Science (DITOs): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Citizen science, or the participation of the general public in scientific projects, has gained increasing attention over the past decade. The practice of environmental citizen science, in which volunteers are involved in monitoring biodiversity and developing knowledge about local fl ora and fauna, or providing evidence on pollution incidents or other environmental nuisances such as noise, can contribute to many aspects of the environmental policy cycle. Environmental management and research stands out as an area in which citizen science has been accepted and used extensively. However, the rapid evolution in technologies, societal response, and projects, offer significant opportunities for citizen science to further contribute to UK environmental policy. / This research insight draws on the discussions of a policy roundtable in May 2018 on the current state, and future directions, of citizen science in environmental policy in the UK. The fi ndings suggest that citizen science needs to have proper infrastructure and support to play a role in policy. The integration of citizen science and policymaking should be seen as an iterative process of ongoing engagement.

Type: Report
Title: Citizen Science in UK Environmental Policy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.togetherscience.eu/
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access report published under a Creative Commons Attribution licence.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073026
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