Citizen Science & SDGs: Opportunities, Challenges, Recommendations

Fraisl D, Fritz S, See L, McCallum I, & Moorthy I (2018). Citizen Science & SDGs: Opportunities, Challenges, Recommendations. In: Eye on Earth Summit, 22-24 October 2018, Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai.

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Abstract

Tracking and monitoring the implementation of the SDGs is critical for establishing progress, which requires a systematic
review of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of the SDGs. As inputs, accurate, accessible, timely and
spatially disaggregated data are needed. Even though data availability and quality have improved over the last decade,
more data are needed to ensure that “no one is left behind”, which is a key component of the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development, while addressing all aspects of the SDGs. Traditional data collection methods, e.g.
administrative records, statistical surveys, censuses, etc. need to be strengthened, and a much wider set of data are
needed to address the SDGs. To achieve this, new, innovative ways of data production and analysis using Earth
Observation (EO), mobile data, social media, sensors, etc. need to be developed and adopted. In addition to EO and
other new geospatial data sets such as mobile phone data, another key source of data to support the SDGs is citizen
science (CS), which is defined as the involvement of citizens in scientific research. CS can deliver data swiftly, accurately
and at a level of granularity not possible with traditional data gathering methods. This session will outline the results
from a workshop hosted by IIASA on 3‐5 October in Austria that brought together major global citizen science
associations from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the US. Recommendations and best practices will be outlined to
address how non‐traditional data sources, citizen science in particular, can contribute to both monitoring and
implementation of the SDGs. A conceptual framework will be proposed to identify how creating an enabling
environment for the integration of traditional and non‐traditional approaches can leverage the SDG achievement.
Additionally, we will showcase examples of success stories, and demonstrate how selected indicators can be monitored
via non‐traditional approaches.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2018 07:23
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 07:23
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/15555

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