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Mission and Objectives

WeObserve is a Coordination and Support Action which tackles three key challenges that Citizens Observatories (COs) face: awareness, acceptability and sustainability. The project aims to improve the coordination between existing COs and related regional, European and international activities. The WeObserve mission is to create a sustainable ecosystem of COs that can systematically address these identified challenges and help to move citizen science into the mainstream. The specific WeObserve objectives can be summarised as follows:

  • Develop communities of practice around key topics to assess the current CO knowledge base and strengthen it to tackle future environmental challenges using CO-driven science
  • Extend the geographical coverage of the CO knowledge base to new communities and support the implementation of best practices and standards across multiple sectors
  • Demonstrate the added value of COs in environmental monitoring mechanisms within regional and global initiatives such as GEOSS, Copernicus and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Promote the uptake of information from CO-powered activities across various sectors and foster new opportunities and innovation in the business of in-situ earth observation

WeObserve at a Glance

Name of Project WeObserve: “An Ecosystem of Citizen Observatories for Environmental Monitoring”
Starting Date 1 December 2017
Project Duration 36 Months
Total Cost EUR 1.069.507,50 million
EU Contribution EUR 1.069.507,50 million
Project Coordinator Steffen Fritz, IIASA (fritz@iiasa.ac.at)
The last decade has witnessed a rise in citizen science and crowdsourcing initiatives for environmental monitoring. In the EU, efforts have been channelled into developing Citizen Observatories (COs), which have been supported by the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) and continue to be funded under Horizon 2020 (H2020). COs are a means by which communities can monitor and report on their environment and access information that is easily understandable for decision making. To consolidate ongoing citizen science efforts, the WeObserve project aims to bring together the current set of European H2020 COs, enabling improved coordination between them and promoting their related activities at regional, European, and international levels. WeObserve will coordinate the delivery of needed CO knowledge to avoid duplication, share best practices, and identify barriers and synergies. This framework will also promote standards to ensure interoperability, maximize impact, and facilitate uptake by environmental authorities.

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WeObserve Communities of Practice launched their activities

The WeObserve Communities of Practice (CoPs) started paving the way for a sustainable Citizen Observatories (CO) ecosystem by launching their activities within the Citizen Science Workshop Day of the 2nd International ECSA Conference, on 6 June 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.


Meet the currently running H2020 CO’s

An Ecosystem of Citizen Observatories for Environmental Monitoring