MICS is exploring the co-design of citizen-science activities in four case-study sites, each with different needs, contexts, and approaches to environmental management.
In the Romanian, Hungarian and Italian case-study sites, citizen-science activities are being developed following the Ground Truth 2.0 light co-design process, guided by IHE Delft. In the UK case-study site, the citizen-science projects involved in MICS are already established and follow a different approach. MICS is going to introduce additional UK citizen-science case studies that focus on NBSs to compare to the ones developed following the co-design method and to ensure that the MICS impact-assessment methods are tested on different types of citizen-science projects. MICS is developing links with the Anglers' Riverfly Monitoring Initiative and the Farming Wildlife Advisory Group to look at different types of citizen-science activities.
In-person activities (e.g. co-design events, environmental-data collection) planned by the Romanian, Hungarian and Italian case studies for the spring of 2020 were postponed due to the restrictions of movement imposed by the respective governments. To mitigate the effects of these restrictions on the co-design process and maintain engagement with local stakeholders, virtual activities and communications are being investigated and organised by the Italian and Hungarian case studies utilising video conferencing and newsletters. In the Romanian case-study site, the long-term prospect for citizen-science activities and the potential postponing of all events until spring 2021 are being discussed. Depending on lockdown measures, environmental-data collection can alternatively begin in summer-autumn 2020.
Co-designing hands-on citizen-science activities in the MICS case-study sites
In an iterative process, hands-on citizen-science activities in the MICS case studies are being co-designed and enhanced. Regular interactive sessions with citizen scientists, scientists (as thematic experts), decision-makers (such as river basin organisations) and industry representatives map user expectations, requirements and experiences regarding the purpose as well as the technical and functional aspects of the citizen-science tools (i.e. apps, sensors, visualisation features, feedback and interaction mechanisms of the MICS platform) and the citizen-science activities. These sessions use the light version of the Ground Truth 2.0 co-design methodology, which is appropriately scoped for the nature of the MICS case studies. The co-design process in the Romanian, Hungarian and Italian case-study sites is planned and implemented by a dedicated team of MICS partners per case study (case-study lead, IHE Delft staff to guide the citizen-science co-design, RRC staff to anchor it in NBS processes, and Earthwatch to guide the development of citizen-science tools and hands-on citizen-science activities) via regular teleconferences and local implementations. All instructions for the co-design process and the results of the co-design activities are captured in an evolving compendium, one for each case-study site.
Follow the links on this page to find out more about the case-study sites and their citizen-science activities.