Citizen science and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Steffen Fritz, See Linda, Tyler Carlson, Mordechai (Muki) Haklay, Jessie Oliver, Dilek Fraisl, Rosy Mondardini, Martin Brocklehurst, Lea Shanley, Sven Schade, Uta Wehn, Tommaso Abrate, Janet Anstee, Stephen Arnold, Matthew Billot, Jillian Campbell, Jessica Espey, Margaret Gold, Gerid Hager, Shan HeLibby Hepburn, Angel Hsu, Deborah Long, Joan Maso, Ian McCallum, Maina Muniafu, Inian Moorthy, Michael Obersteiner, Alison Parker, Maike Weisspflug, Sarah Elizabeth West

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Traditional data sources are not sufficient for measuring the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. New and non-traditional sources of data are required. Citizen science is an emerging example of a non-traditional data source that is already making a contribution. In this Perspective, we present a roadmap that outlines how citizen science can be integrated into the formal Sustainable Development Goals reporting mechanisms. Success will require leadership from the United Nations, innovation from National Statistical Offices and focus from the citizen-science community to identify the indicators for which citizen science can make a real contribution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)922-930
Number of pages9
JournalNature Sustainability
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2019

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