Citizen Science on private land

Citizen science initiatives, offer the possibility to obtain large scale monitoring data through collaboration between research centres, civil society organisations, public administrations and private owners. At the same time, these initiatives involve the public in the conservation of nature and raise awareness on the topic. The new EU proposal on nature restoration indicates to maximise the access and use of data and services from citizen science. The majority of the land included in the Natura 2000 Network is privately owned, which highlights the role of landowners in nature conservation. Alliance between citizen science and private property management could bring great benefits towards the objectives of the Biodiversity 2030 strategy of the European Union, but asks for a transparent approach and coordination.

The importance of Citizen Science in nature conservation

Joseph van der Stegen – European Comission, Nature Conservation Unit

What is nature Citizen Science? Good practices to increase our project quality

Diana Reinoso – Science for Change

Private landowners, NGOs and research institutions: a strategic alliance

Mathias Brummer – Nature Conservation Network of Catalonia (XCN)

Hunting for Data: The “Hunters' Watch” citizen science project

Carlos Sánchez – Fundación Artemisan

Rapid fire talks

  • Agricultural Observatory of Biodiversity, by Nora Rouillier – National Museum of Natural History
  • platform, by Hannes Ledegen, Natuurpunt
  • Network of environmental observers of the Gaià River, by Hèctor Hernàndez – La Sínia association

Panel discussion on citizen science

  • Laura Force – Centre of Research in Terrestrial Ecology, CREAF
  • Carlos Sánchez – Fundación Artemisan
  • Beth Thomas – Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • Joep Grosemans – Hoka Hey Wildlife Management
  • Moderator: Oriol Baena – Catalan Herpetological Society
Research organizations, NGOs and private land: Challenges to boost citizen science platforms in privately protected land