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Social Transformation for Water Stewardship through Scaling Up Citizen Science

Project description

Citizen science initiatives for aquatic ecosystems sustainability

The EU Water Framework Directive promotes the protection of aquatic ecosystems and sustainable water use. Citizen science (CS) initiatives can contribute to and accelerate strategies’ codesign and implementation. The EU-funded OTTERS project will encourage and scale up successful CS initiatives in the marine and freshwater domains. The project will accelerate the cocreation of standards in data collection, semantics, data quality, and data management in line with all ethical and legal standards and cluster them under codesigned Spring-to-Sea campaigns to foster agency and increase ocean literacy. The project will connect the citizen-generated data to other EU-funded projects and portals to ensure the accessibility and reuse of the data and will demonstrate the CS effectiveness.

Objective

OTTERS will aim at promoting and scaling up successful citizen science (CS) initiatives in the marine and freshwater domains via 1) accelerating the co-creation of standards in data collection, semantics, data quality, and data management making sure to abide by all ethical and legal standards; 2) promoting and scaling up successful water-related CS initiatives by clustering them under co-designed Spring-to-Sea campaigns to foster agency and increase ocean literacy; 3) connecting the citizen-generated data to other EU-funded projects and portals, including the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) and Digital Twins of the Ocean (ILIAD) to ensure the accessibility and reuse of the data and abide by all FAIR principles; 4) demonstrating the effectiveness of citizen science in participatory research, environmental monitoring and changing people’s behaviors to ensure the sustainability of water ecosystems and reach the goals of the EU Water Framework Directive and UN Decade of the Ocean.

Coordinator

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF ARMENIA FOUNDATION
Net EU contribution
€ 152 500,00
Address
BAGHRAMYAN AVENUE 40
0019 Yerevan
Armenia

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 152 500,00

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