What is Citizen Science?
Citizen Science programs aim at creating a bridge between science and the general public, actively involving citizens in research projects. In this way citizen scientists, can work side by side with experts, contributing to the increase of scientific knowledge, addressing local, national and international issues that need scientific support and having the potential to influence policy-making.
What are invasive alien species?
Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are living organisms, including animals and plants, introduced accidentally or deliberately into a geographical area different from that of their origin, with serious negative consequences for the new environment. They represent a major threat to native plants and animals in Europe and cause damage worth billions of euros to the European economy every year.
EASIN Citizen Science – Report sightings of Invasive Alien Species
The EU Regulation 1143/2014 on Invasive Alien Species acknowledges the important role public awareness and active involvement of the citizens have in contributing to the successful implementation of the Regulation. In this context, EASIN aims at bringing together citizens, scientists and policy makers in an effort to monitor and control alien invasive species that cause damage to native species, ecosystems and even people.
The Regulation currently lists 37 Invasive Alien Species as of Union Concern, whose adverse impact on European biodiversity, requires concerted action at Union level. In order to adopt efficient control measures, it is necessary to know the presence and distribution of these species as soon as possible. Timely reporting helps to prevent the spread of invasive alien species, thus the contribution of citizens is so important in this endeavor.
With the “Invasive Alien Species Europe” smartphone App (Android, iOS), anyone can report sightings of the 37 IAS of Union Concern! You can be a citizen scientist no matter the occupation, age or location – all you need is a passion for nature and the willingness to get involved.
Reasons to become a citizen scientist
Helping to protect the European native biodiversity
Making a contribution to science
Developing new skills
Enjoying outdoor time
Last but not least… it is fun!