‘Rákos-patak civil tudomány projekt’ or ‘Creek Rákos Citizen Science project’ explores the set-up and impact of hands-on citizen science activities along Creek Rákos. The citizen science activities being conducted along Creek Rákos can be split into three groups:
‘Creek Rákos Citizen Science project’ is being carried out by Geonardo Environmental Technologies in cooperation with the local NGO, ZÖLD XVII Egyesület and the Hungarian Biodiversity Research Society. This is a unique case of collaboration between a local sustinability NGO and a country-wide operating NGO.
Check out the ongoing and past activities of ‘Creek Rákos Citizen Science project’ on the website of the ZÖLD XVII Egyesület (in Hungarian; for an English version, we recommend using an online translator tool).
The data collected so far in the project is available here: http://zoldxvii.hu/rakos-patak-civil-tudomany-projekt-eredmenyek/
In the case study we follow the Ground Truth 2.0 co-design methodology light (MICS deliverable D4.6, based on Wehn and Pfeiffer, 2020) to guide the development and set up of citizen-science activities. Four co-design workshops were held with various stakeholders interested in the Creek. From these workshops different environmental aspects were prioritised for monitoring:
Citizen-science activities were formulated within the co-design workshop groups with the assistance of expert advisors. All of the citizen-science activities started with an introduction and training for the methodology the citizen scientists will use.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824711.
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