Environmental regulators benefit from citizen science

Citizen science and environmental volunteers can help provide key evidence for environmental policy-making and increase public awareness of conservation issues

Most citizen scientists are motivated by altruism. Photograph: Elena Aliaga/123RFCitizen science can benefit the work of environmental regulators and conservation agencies, a study has found.

The UK Environmental Observation Framework commissioned consultancy WRc, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Food and Environment Research Agency to examine the opportunities, costs and benefits of citizen science and how these could be better quantified in the future.

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