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Enhancing Climate Services for Improved Water Management

Citizen Science

Engagement with local communities through a participatory approach and citizen science to monitor floods and droughts

  • In order to ensure the uptake and interaction of the climate services with the final stakeholders, novel communication networks will be evaluated to interact with vulnerable communities in at least two pilot countries. These involve both low tech as well as high-tech solutions, depending on local needs and capacities. In countries where smartphone penetration is low, climate services can be broadcast through existing low-tech community radio communications, to ensure dissemination of this information to the stakeholders. For more general usage, a smart phone application will be developed that provides continuous updates on the monitoring of floods and droughts in the region of interest, as well as updates regarding upcoming hydrometeorological hazards that are forecast by the Monitors, such as extreme discharge levels, extreme precipitation and extreme temperature.
  • Active involvement of local stakeholders can be promoted through a participatory ‘citizen science’ approach in pilot basins to gather hydrometeorological observations to improve the capacities of climate services to provide locally calibrated information. As a case study, in one watershed local communities will be actively involved to monitor hydrometeorological variables through a participatory approach. Cofunding for this activity will be provided through the Climate Adaptation Fund.

Events and Activities

The objective of this seminar is to exchange and gather knowledge of different approaches for incorporating citizen science for data collection, data analysis, as well as decision and policy making in the Latin-American and Caribbean region. Participants will be asked to comment their experiences on this topic and the difficulties encountered. A cooperation network of the participating professionals will be created as part of the G-WADI LAC programme.

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