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Citizen science and its potential to transform environmental monitoring across the world

Across most of the world there are insufficient resources to monitor animals and plants, the state of habitats and the quality of freshwaters and our oceans. Without this information we cannot begin to know the impacts humans have on the world and, crucially, to reduce and even turn around these impacts. But, if the aspiration to involve one billion people in citizen science by 2020 is even partially achieved, it could transform our knowledge.

Citizen science, tree health and invasive species

Absence of evidence from citizen science does not equal evidence of absence

Citizen science is a great tool for early detection of pests, diseases, invasive species and other rare events. One reason it is so useful is because anyone can get involved, and so act as eyes and ears for detection right across the country, for example as highlighted by the UK’s Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce.

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