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Publication Detail
Extreme citizen science: Lessons learned from initiatives around the globe
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Authors:
    Chiaravalloti RM, Skarlatidou A, Hoyte S, Badia MM, Haklay M, Lewis J
  • Publisher:
    WILEY
  • Publication date:
    02/2022
  • Journal:
    Conservation Science and Practice
  • Volume:
    4
  • Issue:
    2
  • Article number:
    e577
  • Status:
    Published
  • Language:
    English
  • Keywords:
    Brazil, Cameroon, community-based conservation, extreme citizen science, Kenya, Namibia, Sapeli
  • Notes:
    Copyright © 2021 The Authors. Conservation Science and Practice published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Society for Conservation Biology. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
The participation of communities living in high conservation value areas is increasingly valued in conservation science and practice, potentially producing multiple positive impacts on both biodiversity and local people. Here, we discuss important steps for implementing a successful extreme citizen science project, based on four case studies from conservation projects with Pantaneiro fishers living in Brazilian Pantanal wetland, Baka hunter-gatherers and Fang farmers in lowland wet forest in Cameroon, Maasai pastoralists in Kenya, and Ju|'hoansi rangers living in the semiarid deserts of Namibia. We highlight the need for a high level of trust between the target communities and project developers, communities' right to choose the data they will be collecting, and researchers' openness to include new tools that were not initially planned. By following these steps, conservation scientists can effectively create bottom-up collaborations with those living on the frontlines of conservation through community-led extreme citizen science.
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