Authors: Paul Chatterton¹ and Linda See².
Citizen science and crowdsourcing have become increasingly popular ways of involving citizens in scientific research and for carrying out a variety of micro-tasks. There are many examples of successful citizen science projects and crowdsourcing platforms including the LandMapp project for community-based land tenure mapping; Moabi, which allows citizens to report illegal logging in the Congo jungles, both of which have been supported by IIASA and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature); and Geo-Wiki, a tool for visualization, crowdsourcing and validation of global land cover, developed at IIASA. This talk will provide a brief overview of citizen science and crowdsourcing followed by the main achievements and lessons learned from the LandMap, Moabi and Geo-Wiki projects. A number of challenges remain such as how to move citizen participation from data collection to environmental stewardship, and how to scale up these efforts to tap into the large citizen networks and initiatives that are currently ongoing, e.g. WWF’s Earth hour, which reaches a billion people. We will discuss these and other challenges in light of new opportunities in climate funding and other new sources of private funding, e.g. for green businesses.
Paul Chatterton is an accomplished environmental manager specializing in large-scale solutions for low-carbon development and sustainability. As director for REDD+ Landscapes with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Chatterton has designed and initiated REDD+ programs at scale in the Amazon, Borneo and Congo, has led strategic planning globally, and is responsible for aligned implementation on forest and climate landscapes across the WWF network. Chatterton has previously managed WWF’s international efforts in Austria, the Pacific, and Papua New Guinea and before this ran his own company consulting on sustainable development and stakeholder participation in the Asia Pacific region.