National Advisory Group for Freshwater Citizen Science
The core purpose of the National Advisory Group on Freshwater Citizen Science is to foster well-resourced and coordinated freshwater “citizen science” monitoring programmes in NZ.
Around New Zealand, diverse individuals and communities are engaged in monitoring freshwaters. Their varied motivations are respected and valued. Their monitoring programmes are sustainable. People find monitoring fun and inspiring; they stay involved because they enjoy connecting with other people and the environment. They have access to tools and data that are user-friendly, accurate, reliable, purpose-driven and make knowledge-sharing easy. They have access to training and support to grow in their knowledge, collect reliable data and take responsibility for their waterways. Their growing freshwater expertise is respected and their programmes inform decision making by individuals, communities and water managers.
- To develop and promote a collaborative strategy for fostering well-resourced and coordinated freshwater “citizen science” monitoring programmes in New Zealand.
- To advocate for the contributions of freshwater citizen science monitoring across members’ organisations/sectors, other organisations/sectors, and the public.
- To advocate for funding of freshwater citizen science programmes across New Zealand
- To increase access to high-quality guidance, resources, and tools that support freshwater citizen science monitoring.
In its vision, purpose, objectives and activities, the Advisory Group upholds the importance of:
- Robust data – we believe the value of monitoring is greatly increased when data are robust
- Many benefits – we recognise a wide variety of benefits from engaging in monitoring (e.g. connecting with nature and other people, developing curiosity, learning about the natural world and science)
- Openness – we recognise and welcome many different forms of knowledge
- Diversity – we enable and support a variety of reasons and purposes for monitoring, and a diversity of participants
- Accessibility – we work to make citizen science monitoring accessible to a wide range of people
- Making a difference – we encourage the progression from monitoring to freshwater restoration
- Inclusiveness – we work with others to improve their ecosystems and share knowledge.
Some examples of the work our members are involved in:
- Coordinating the development of freshwater monitoring protocols
- Instructional videos for carrying out stream monitoring
- National website and database for citizen science data
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National Advisory Group Newsletter No 1 March 2019 [PDF 8.0 MB]
The Advisory Group is composed of up to 15 members representing organisations involved in developing resources, providing ongoing support, and/or using freshwater citizen science resources for education, training or data collection.
The current members are:
- Alice Bradley (MfE) - Chair
- Shelley Elliot - Coordinator
- Amanda Valois (NIWA)
- Hazel Meadows (Auckland Council)
- Sheryl Miller (Greater Wellington Regional Council)
- Daniela Biaggio (Wellington City Council)
- Andrea Soanes (Science Learning Hub)
- Kim Jones (Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust)
- Alastair Cole (NZ Landcare Trust)
- Rachel Griffiths (Perception Planning)
- Electra Kalaugher (Dairy NZ)
- Sam McLachlan (Environment Southland)
- Trevor Stone (Department of Conservation)
- Gabi Ezeta (Auckland Council)
- Kati Doehring (Cawthron)