Empowering Local and Regional Authorities through Citizen Science and Public Engagement: A Framework for Inclusive Governance

This policy brief presents a framework for using citizen science as a powerful tool to empower local and regional authorities, thereby enhancing governance processes. Governments can better address complex challenges, foster transparency, and tap into the collective intelligence of their communities by combining citizen science with a real collaborative (bottom-up) process. This document outlines the significance of integrating citizen science into decision-making processes, fostering public participation and contributing to informed decision-making. Moreover, it identifies some policy gaps and offers a few policy recommendations, based on the experience of the WBC-RRI.NET project.

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