Citizen Science Project

'Citizen Science Meets Environmental Restoration: measuring success through monitoring' is a three year project funded with support from MfE's Community Environment Fund,  World Wildlife Fund and Gawith Deans Trust.  It aims to improve the leadership, strategic direction and coordination of citizen science in New Zealand. ‘Citizen Science’ involves community volunteers using practical field monitoring tools, that meet scientific best practice, to report on the state of their local environment.

Key activities of the project include:
•    growing support for citizen science in New           Zealand
•    determining the scope and availability of             citizen science monitoring tools and training
•    investigating approaches for enabling and           expanding community-based environmental       monitoring
•    promoting more effective use of data from           community monitoring
•    sharing findings through a national                       symposium


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For more information about this project contact NZ Landcare Trust Regional Coordinator Alastair Cole:

Latest - Working Group Meetings

Look out for the upcoming Citizen Scince working group meetings:









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You can also join the conversation about Citizen Science with other people on Twitter by using #citizenscience or #citsci


European Citizen Science Association

The first international conference of the European Citizen Science Assoc (ECSA) took place in Berlin in 2016.

Useful concepts such as the ECSA 10 Principles of Citizen Science will prove valuable for developing projects in New Zealand.










If you are interested in how Citizen Science might apply to wetland related projects take a look at NZ Landcare Trust's Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Kit (WETMAK), an online resource devoted to measuring progress on restoration projects. Video clips are used to help introduce some of the more technical aspects.