Verso una strategia nazionale condivisa: Linee guida per lo sviluppo della Citizen Science in Italia
Citizen science is the active engagement of citizens in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data for scientific purposes. Due to its multisectorial nature, it can play a role at a social, scientific, educational and political level, contributing to raising awareness and leading to the adoption of more sustainable behaviours. As is happening in many countries across Europe, it is becoming increasingly important to transpose the principles of citizen science into local and national policies. It is also important to provide tools and guidelines that support citizens’ participation to the fullest possible extent. This document summarises the main actions needed to promote the development of citizen science in Italy. It is written for Ministries, public authorities and administrations, and aims to provide guidelines and recommendations for a structural recognition of citizen science, both through its adoption in existing legislative and planning instruments, and through specific strategies. It is the output of a participatory process developed under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, within the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme ‘Doing It Together Science’ (DITOs) and coordinated by the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and the Maremma Natural History Museum.
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