Name of the organization/project in the original language: 
Wildlife Conservation Society / Proyecto Ciencia Ciudadana para la Amazonía
Name of the organization/project in English: 
Wildlife Conservation Society / Citizen Science for the Amazon Project
Please select the type of your organization/project: 
NGO
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The Citizen Science for the Amazon Project utilizes a citizen science approach to generate information about fish and water at a basin-wide scale, and to engage citizen scientists as informed, empowered stakeholders for the sustainable management of fisheries and the conservation of wetlands. In this way, we collectively contribute to the grander objective of conserving the Amazon freshwater ecosystems and improve its inhabitants’ livelihoods. This WCS-lead project is developing a collaboration network that includes individuals, government agencies, and civil society organizations currently working in Amazon conservation and sustainable development, science, technology, and innovation. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a U.S. nonprofit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895, with the mission to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS has helped to establish more than 150 protected areas around the world, and works to address several central global conservation challenges: the interaction of conservation, sustainable development, and human livelihoods; natural resource extraction; the relationship between wildlife, domestic animals, and human health; and climate change. WCS sustains impact through training and capacity building, enhanced governance structures, technical and financial support, and by engaging in national policy dialogues.
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?: 
We combine, research, citizen engagement and communications, and nurturing a multi-stakeholders network. Citizen Science for the Amazon utilizes a citizen science approach to generate information about fish and water at a basin-wide scale, and to engage citizen scientists as informed, empowered stakeholders for the sustainable management of fisheries and the conservation of wetlands. Ultimately, the project seeks inform decisions with evidence and build a wide constituency for the conservation of Amazon freshwater ecosystems. To achieve this purpose, we collaboratively identified a framing scientific question (Where and when do food fish migrate in the Amazon Basin and what environmental factors influence these migrations?), and a minimum common set of variables and methods. It is a minimum common denominator that all use to collect data on distribution of migratory fish species, river level, and water quality (temperature, pH, conductivity, turbidity). We are building on the robust experience of over 15 local partners in 5 countries and using low-cost, cutting-edge technology to enable citizens participation in data collection, access, and analysis. Adopting an open-access policy, data will be curated and made freely, easily, and safely accessible. Finally, local partners and allies lead the process of defining how can the data be used to inform decisions and policies at multiple scales: from local fisheries management plans, to initiatives to conserve priority wetlands or fish migrations across major Amazon Basins. In conclusion, the Citizen Science for the Amazon Project is creating a network of citizens and organizations that take on very concrete collaborative actions to connect them across the Amazon. This specific project is focused on fish migrations and conservation of Amazon freshwater ecosystems. We envision this project also becomes a proof-of-concept for similar collaboration efforts on other topics.
Name of Citizen Science Project: 
Citizen Science for the Amazon Project
Project URL: 
http://cienciaciudadanaparalaamazonia.org/index.php/project-description/
Brief description of project: 
The Citizen Science for the Amazon Project utilizes a citizen science approach to generate information about fish and water at a basin-wide scale, and to engage citizen scientists as informed, empowered stakeholders for the sustainable management of fisheries and the conservation of wetlands. This WCS-lead project is developing a collaboration network that includes individuals, government agencies, and civil society organizations currently working in Amazon conservation and sustainable development, science, technology, and innovation. Partners collaborate in designing and field-testing innovative technological solutions, citizen participation mechanisms, and information and knowledge sharing means. As of April 2018, partners agreed upon a framing scientific question (where and when do fish migrate in the Amazon and what environmental factors influence on these migrations); a minimum common set of variables (distribution of migratory fish species, river level, and water temperature, pH, conductivity and turbidity); and methods/technologies (e.g, and app to record observations on fish and low-cost water monitoring sensors). We are building on the robust experience of over 15 local partners in 5 countries and using low-cost, cutting-edge technology to enable citizens participation in data collection, access, and analysis, both at local and basin-wide scales.
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Biodiversity
Food
Participation
Water
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Neighbourhood
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International
Project social media contacts: 
@cienciaciudadanaamazonia