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Citizen Science as Democratic Innovation That Renews Environmental Monitoring and Assessment for the Sustainable Development Goals in Rural Areas

Alarcón Ferrari, Cristián and Jönsson, Mari and Gebreyohannis Gebrehiwot, Solomon and Karltun, Linley Chiwona and Mark-Herbert, Cecilia and Manuschevich, Daniela and Powell, Neil and Do, Thao and Bishop, Kevin and Hilding-Rydevik, Tuija (2021). Citizen Science as Democratic Innovation That Renews Environmental Monitoring and Assessment for the Sustainable Development Goals in Rural Areas. Sustainability. 13 , 2762
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Abstract

This commentary focuses on analyzing the potential of citizen science to address legitimacy issues in the knowledge base used to guide transformative governance in the context of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (henceforth SDGs). The commentary develops two interrelated arguments for better understanding the limits of what we term "traditional" Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (EMA) as well as the potential of citizen science (CS) for strengthening the legitimacy of EMA in the local implementation of SDGs. We start by arguing that there is an urgent need for a profound renewal of traditional EMA to better implement the SDGs. Then, we present CS as a democratic innovation that provides a path to EMA renewal that incorporates, develops, and extends the role of CS in data production and use by EMA. The commentary substantiates such arguments based on current approaches to CS and traditional EMA. From this starting point, we theorize the potential of CS as a democratic innovation that can repurpose EMA as a tool for the implementation of the SDGs. With a focus on the implementation of SDG15 (Life on Land) in local contexts, the commentary presents CS as a democratic innovation for legitimate transformative governance that can affect socio-ecological transitions. We see this approach as especially appropriate to analyze the implementation of SDGs in rural settings where a specific resource nexus can create conflict-laden contexts with much potential for a renewed EMA to support transformative governance towards Agenda 2030.

Authors/Creators:Alarcón Ferrari, Cristián and Jönsson, Mari and Gebreyohannis Gebrehiwot, Solomon and Karltun, Linley Chiwona and Mark-Herbert, Cecilia and Manuschevich, Daniela and Powell, Neil and Do, Thao and Bishop, Kevin and Hilding-Rydevik, Tuija
Title:Citizen Science as Democratic Innovation That Renews Environmental Monitoring and Assessment for the Sustainable Development Goals in Rural Areas
Series Name/Journal:Sustainability
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:13
Article number:2762
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Keywords:citizen science, democratic innovation, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Sustainable Development Goals, forests, legitimacy, transformative governance
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111372
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111372
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3390/su13052762
Web of Science (WoS)000628568900001
ID Code:23243
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

(NL, NJ) > Swedish Species Information Centre
(S) > Dept. of Forest Economics
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
(NL, NJ) > Swedish Biodiversity Centre
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Deposited On:12 Apr 2021 09:03
Metadata Last Modified:12 Apr 2021 09:11

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