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Evaluating public engagement with biological recording events - Case study of City Nature Challenge 2018

DITOs Consortium; (2019) Evaluating public engagement with biological recording events - Case study of City Nature Challenge 2018. (DITOs policy brief 13 ). Doing It Together Science (DITOs): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Public Engagement with Biological Recording (PEBR) events include several formats, such as BioBlitzes, mini-BioBlitzes, species surveys, guided nature walks, ID parties and various derivations of these, all of which share the common aims of collecting biodiversity data (environmental outcomes) while connecting the public with nature (social outcomes). The City Nature Challenge (CNC)¹ is an international citizen science initiative whereby cities compete to collect the most plant and wildlife observations in a geographic area over a set time frame. As part of the challenge, cities around the world have hosted a variety of PEBR events. To support more meaningful, comparative evaluation of the events carried out in Europe, the European BioBlitz network developed a common tool to assess the social outcomes of PEBR. This research insight aims to report the main outcomes from the experience of event organisers in the framework of the CNC 2018 in Europe. It also attempts to defi ne and clarify differences among common PEBR formats. We outline key recommendations for developing a common evaluation tool for PEBR. This study was conducted with contributions from members of the European BioBlitz network, the COST Action 151212 and City Nature Challenge partners within the framework of the Horizon 2020 DITOs project.

Type: Report
Title: Evaluating public engagement with biological recording events - Case study of City Nature Challenge 2018
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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094767
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