A Successful Conclusion

Our Citizen Science project has been concluded, and we are thrilled with the end results, which included hosting a super successful symposium on the topic recently.

The three-year project was funded by the Ministry for the Environment, World Wildlife Fund and Gawith Deans Trust.

Citizen science is a growing movement throughout the world and New Zealand is stepping up its action in the field. Citizen science is where the public participate in scientific investigations and monitoring, creating a measurable impact on the statistics and actions associated with land and water quality around the country.

NZ Landcare Trust CEO Dr Nick Edgar says the project showed how passionate people were about getting on board with learning about land and water quality, including how to monitor their own waterways and regional areas, helping with scientific data and overall, helping to create a history of results to be scientifically analysed.

Event organiser and citizen science consultant, Monica Peters of people+science says the symposium offered a fantastic opportunity to showcase the range of the citizen science projects underway in the environmental sector.

“Citizen science is gaining momentum in New Zealand. The diversity of participants shows the wide range of interest in citizen science as well as action-based projects,” she says. 

“Everyone came together to learn more about what is underway, and what the future may hold for the movement from a range of great speakers from New Zealand, Australia, America and Germany.”

Project coordinator Alastair Cole of the NZ Landcare Trust, says the overall project identified that when given the appropriate training and assistance, citizen science data would be effective for use in planning and decision making.

“Citizen Science has proven to be comparable with professional monitoring when assistance has been provided, whilst also giving a greater scope for upscaling our knowledge of the environment. It is providing significant educational opportunities that improve our country’s scientific and environmental literacy. There are numerous examples of this now occurring throughout the country.

Overall, the project has been hugely successful in identifying opportunities, linking people together with an interest in citizen science and identifying a direction forward for conversations to build on the work of the trusts project and to encourage further uptake, funding and resourcing nationally.

Check out the Citizen Science Project page for photos, presentations and videos from our recent Citizen Science Symposium in Wellington click here