Citizen Science Program

Citizen Science Technology Program.

With all the advanced technology of GPS mapping which is an effective pathway of environmental management, in terms of preserving and protecting eco-systems which has resulted in cost savings and greater efficiency, better decision making, improved story-telling about changes in the natural environment, better geographic record and accounting of changes. The contribution of GPS mapping is clear. The voluntary participation of citizens in wetlands management can also contribute to the above benefits.  Citizen participation is vital to complement GPS monitoring, engage citizens and enhance their education and understanding of preserving the natural environment. On the ground monitoring and surveillance of natural resources is usually considered costly. However, the participation of citizens who have a right to participate in the monitoring and surveillance of their natural environment should not be overlooked in Africa.

NET Africa adopts a citizen science technology approach to engage citizens with their environment.

Citizen Science Technology Program.

1. Empowerment: the opportunity for local citizens to engage with the environment and contribute to environmental data, collection and monitoring.

 

2. Equity: communities as a whole, rather than a few individuals benefit.

3. Sustainability: inter-generational equity, based on the carrying and assimilative capacity of the ecosystem

 

4. Systems orientation: the community functions in the

context of other communities and stakeholders, just as

resources are ecologically linked to wider ecosystems.

 

5. Gender-fair: women are involved in the control and management of community resources, and their practical and strategic needs are addressed.

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