Citizen science helps monitor wetlands

Citizen science can play an important role in supporting the research and monitoring of wetlands in Europe. Wetlands are vital ecosystems, but their conservation and management requires extensive data collection across diverse locations. Citizen science can provide a significant help in this process. 

Please also read: Living Laboratories 

What is citizen science

Citizen science refers to the active involvement of the general public in scientific research and data collection.  It enables individuals, often with no formal scientific training, to contribute to scientific knowledge and understanding. 

Through citizen science projects, people can engage in various activities, such as observing and recording environmental data, collecting samples, or analyzing data. These projects harness the power of collective effort and participation, allowing researchers to access vast amounts of data that would otherwise be difficult to obtain. 

Through citizen science projects, people can engage in various activities, such as observing and monitoring birds population

Citizen science monitor wetlands

Citizen science activities often empower volunteers to gather data on wetland health, species distribution, and water quality. Their involvement greatly expanding the coverage and scale of monitoring efforts. 

This citizen-collected data can supplement professional research and provide valuable insights into wetland dynamics, identifying patterns, and trends over time. Moreover, citizen science projects enhance public awareness and engagement with wetland conservation, fostering a broader understanding of the importance of these ecosystems and driving collective action for their protection.

Citizen science is not cost free

Citizen science typically strives to minimize financial barriers and make participation accessible to volunteers. Many citizen science projects provide free resources and materials, such as data collection protocols, training materials, and online platforms for data submission. 

However, it’s important to note that there might still be associated costs for participants. For example, volunteers may need to invest in equipment or travel expenses to access study sites. Some projects may offer reimbursement or assistance in covering such costs, but it varies depending on the specific project. 

Benefit of citizen science to monitor wetlands

Citizen science offers several benefits to both individuals and society. It allows ordinary citizens to actively contribute to scientific research, fostering a sense of empowerment and engagement. 

Participants gain a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and processes, enhancing their scientific literacy. Citizen science projects often focus on environmental or community issues, fostering a stronger connection and sense of responsibility towards the local environment. 


The large-scale data collection facilitated by support of citizen science enables researchers to tackle complex problems more effectively and efficiently. The collaboration between scientists and the public also promotes transparency, trust, and public involvement in decision-making processes. That process is leading to more informed and inclusive policies.

Citizen science at ALFAwetlands

Citizen science and related Living Labs open days will be a focal point in community engagement, building on successful past initiatives and knowledge from other Work Packages, with the motto: ‘Help your wetland with citizen science’.

An example of such event is a ‘bioblitz campaign’. This is a community-based citizen science effort to record a wide variety of species on a specific location within a certain timeframe.

Stay tuned-follow ALFAwetlands news to join or learn more about citizen science events.

Help us to save wetlands! Stay tuned!

Translate »