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Participatory Science

« better protection "Inextricably accompanied by" Better know ". Thus, the study and long-term monitoring of biodiversity can assess the impact of global change on ecosystems.

Long-term follow biodiversity requires several things: a field study protocol - standardized and widely applicable; of the work force ; time ; and material and financial resources. The necessity of its components, and the difficulty of obtaining them, often hinder research. The science participatory, involving non-specialists lovers are a solution.

Today the development of participatory science is a fact of life; it is clear from various studies on the subject that almost 200 citizen science initiatives exist in France today. These programs are very varied, most of them for wildlife and terrestrial flora, and all are based on the principle of amateur participation in information gathering in the wild. Regarding the Mediterranean Sea, there 22 citizen science programs, Cybelle Mediterranean.

Definition of citizen science:

Participatory sciences programs involving public participation as part of a scientific approach. The application of these citizen science in biodiversity field includes three objectives:

  • Having data on the nature and biodiversity to study his health (long term monitoring)
  • Produce educational tools and education to nature and biodiversity
  • Form a community.

Interest of citizen science

Participatory science will first present a pedagogical and educational interest to contributors. They are also a way to take action for the planet, concrete and easy! On the other hand, they are a major asset for scientists and managers. The data collected are proving increasingly relevant and useful, and lead to critical research for consideration of global changes (eg climate) by politicians and managers. Studies on existing programs show that from studies of participatory data much faster concrete impact on local and regional policies that studies from data collected only by researchers.

Participatory science is a tool contributors and scientists derive mutual benefit.

Participatory sciences, always evolving

Cybelle Planète is strongly involved in sharing knowledge and involving citizens in scientific issues. Participatory sciences are a new action and are still in their infancy. Much remains to be done to improve existing and future programs.

We participate in multi-thematic research groups on participatory science. The GDR PARCS is a Research-Action-Participative research working group. Cybelle Planète has been involved since 2012 and contributes in particular to collective work on citizen analysis of data.

We are also part of a participatory science network with which we contribute and lead participatory workshops.

- Read the report of the participatory workshop led by Cybelle Planet 06 October 2017 during the Festival "All Sentinels" organized by the network Sentinelles de la Mer, CPIE Bassin de Thau. Practical guide: define the rules for the provision and use of participatory data.

Participatory marine sciences

The marine area, still too little known, covers about 94% of our entire country. Yet participatory science programs focused on the sea are still few (about 20% of the programs listed in France). This figure reflects a historical context where citizen science on land were born there more than a century, against fifteen years for the marine environment. Also note that the material constraints at sea are quite high, if only for the practice of sailing.

However, in recent years new participatory programs in the Mediterranean Sea have emerged and this trend tends to accelerate. These include, among others: