Fostering Citizen Observatories to address environmental challenges

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Citizens Observatories are initiatives that engage citizens and other stakeholders in community-based environmental monitoring. The connection between citizens and the policy communities is often limited to data gathering. Active partnership in policy and governance are missing. In addition, the relevance of Citizen Science and Citizen Observatories has only recently been considered in GEO activities. 

Citizen Observatories can shape environmental governance measures and complement the EU’s Earth Observation monitoring efforts by increasing the availability of ground-based observations for all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Project WeObserve has consolidated knowledge collected from Citizen Observatories, its Communities of Practice, and other related initiatives in two policy briefs with recommendations for policy makers on how to foster Citizen Observatories to address environmental challenges:


 

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