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 to people.
The Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1141 lists 37 Invasive Alien Species as of Union Concern, whose adverse impact on European biodiversity, requires concerted action at Union level. The Commission implementing Regulation 2017/1263 adds 12 further species to the initial list. The adoption of efficient control measures, requires to know the updated presence and distribution of these species. Timely reporting helps to prevent the spread of invasive alien species, thus the contribution of citizens is really important.
With the “Invasive Alien Species Europe” smartphone App (Android, iOS), citizens can report sightings of the 49 IAS of Union Concern! You can be a citizen scientist no matter the occupation, age or location – all what 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!