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."
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
- Identify where and how CS can add value to the SDGs and help practitioners engage a the local to global scales.
- Raise the profile of the CS methodology at national and international levels, including advocacy at high level.
- Build momentum in the community and facilitate networks and partnerships.
- Support organisations that want to contribute and/or benefit from engagement with the UN 2030 Agenda
- Support CS projects and platforms that want to contribute to the SDGs
- Facilitate interoperability of projects and analysis
- Make sure that Goal 17 ”Leave no-one behind” principles of the UN Agenda 2030” are built into CS projects
- Provide tools, procedures, guidelines, data and metadata schema for CS to facilitate engagement with the SDGs.
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.
- The Wilson Center's Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP, co-host)
- The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP, co-host)
- The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA, co-host)
- The Globe Observer Mosquito Health Mapper
- The Invasive Mosquito Project
- Mosquito Alert