Projects

The Citizen Science Global Partnership is currently involved on two major initiatives: Citizen Science for the SDGs and the Global Mosquito Alert consortium.

 

Citizen Science for the SDGs


Leaders of the United Nations Environment Program have recognized the particular and significant contribution Citizen Science (CS) can make to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

"Professional science alone cannot provide information at the scales and resolutions necessary to understand environmental change. The dominant culture of scientific expertise does not account for different ways of knowing, and often fails to engage the public. Thus, Citizen science emphasizes collaborative intelligence and co-creation to facilitate scientific and community-based solutions. Citizen science provides active and meaningful ways to fulfill the intention of treaties that call for the integration of local and indigenous knowledge."

Statement of Major Groups and Stakeholder Science and Technology - United Nations Environment Assembly

CS practitioners globally are exploring how to contribute to the SDGs and how to best demonstrate that contribution in the data we create. We are coming together across the CS community and across the world with a common goal: the contribution CS can make to the SDG monitoring and implementation to be recognized by all relevant custodian agencies and national statistical offices, policy makers and civil society.

An SDG and CS Maximization group was established in 2018 to coordinate such activities and to develop understanding about how best the citizen science community can contribute to the SDGs. The group has short term and long term objectives:

Short term Medium-long term: The group has identified the following priority work areas: Data, Water, Advocacy and collaboration with Citizen Observatories (COs) in SDG monitoring and implementation. If you are interested in joining us follow the link : SDG/CS Max group registration

Global Mosquito Alert Consortium


The Global Mosquito Alert Consortium (GMAC), is the first global platform dedicated to advancing citizen science to tackle mosquito monitoring. GMAC will be an open, common set of protocols and toolkit that is augmented with modular components created to meet both global and local research and management needs. Each protocol associated with the Global Mosquito Alert Consortium will be structured around a common list of “core” fields. These fields may be augmented by additional information collected by local projects. A toolkit will list the protocols, supporting technologies, and resources such as guidance on volunteer management, information on working with decision-makers including public health agencies and pest managers, and lesson plans for bringing citizen science into educational environments. Data associated with the Global Mosquito Alert Consortium will be made available through the dynamic UN Environment platform Environment Live.

While consortium partners are predominantly based in the United States and Europe, a number of partners are pilot testing local deployments in Central America, South America, and Africa. More support is required to understand how technology can be customized to local needs and to build a truly global network. The CSGP is seeking to use its Network of Networks approach to connect likeminded organization to the GMAC community as well as potentially inspire citizen scientists to take a leadership role in new and globally diverse mosquito monitoring projects. The Global Mosquito Alert Consortium continues to hold virtual monthly meetings. So far, the following partners have joined the consortium: 
 


Founding Partners