26. Citizen science and regions

Parallel session | Chairperson: Michael J.O. Pocock | Thursday, 10 September 2020 | 12:00-13:00

12:00-12:20  |  26.1 Citizen science, social cartography and the climate change challenges: a study in Brazil

Author/s: Sarita Albagli and Allan Yu Iwama 

Presenter: Sarita Albagli

The study aimed at developing theoretical and empirical contributions on the possibilities and limits of participatory approaches of citizen science for managing risks of natural disasters associated to (extreme) climate events. The empirical exercise involved an action-research developed on the coastline between the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2017-2018.  It mobilised local affected communities as protagonists in mapping and managing risks of flood and landslide areas, as well as strategies used to face those vulnerability situations, by combining citizen science approaches and methods with Participatory Geographic Information Systems (PGIS) and social cartography.

12:20-12:40  |  26.2 A history and vision of citizen science in South Korea

Author/s: Yunjae Kang and Jiyeon Kim

Presenter: Ji Yeon Kim

Various civic activities have arisen in South Korea, since its democratization in 1987. In 1997, the Council for Democracy in Science and Technology (CDST) was founded, representing the first scientific democratization movement. They represented the issue of scientific democratization for 20 years. The emergence and dissolution of the CDST demonstrate the challenges associated with "doing citizen science" in Korea. And we deal with 2 more cases of citizen science, that these are representative as well as CDST. Our paper presents what we need now to do for creating an environment in which citizen science of Korea can flourish.

12:40-13:00  |  26.3 South Africa’s biodiversity citizen science strategy filling taxonomic gaps

Author/s: Suvarna Parbhoo-Mohan and Domitilla Raimondo

Presenter: Suvarna Parbhoo-Mohan

A plethora of citizen science initiatives to monitor biodiversity have been initiated in South Africa by a wide range of institutions. These have arisen in an ad hoc manner and dependent on specific interests of the champions that lead each project. The need to evaluate which of these projects align with national priorities by focussing on the country's Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring framework and where there are gaps and new projects need to be initiated. South Africa is establishing a network to coordinate and provide best practise guidance for the collaboration and implementation of citizen science work.