The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.
Chapter 16: Volunteer Environmental Monitoring, Knowledge Creation and Citizen-Scientist Interaction
Volunteer Environmental Monitoring, Knowledge Creation and Citizen-Scientist Interaction
Volunteer environmental monitoring offers the possibility to involve citizens more directly in environmental decision-making, especially in economically advanced countries with highly rationalized systems of environmental management. Within the context of management systems based on expert control, the public expresses high levels of concern about the environment, but has relatively few avenues for making meaningful inputs into environmental management decisions. Thus, an important consideration in this chapter is the potential contribution of volunteer monitoring to the democratization of environmental decision-making.
Volunteer environmental monitoring offers the potential to help bridge the chasm between science- and technology-based environmental management and public involvement in environmental decision-making. Volunteer monitoring may also reinforce public confidence in science-based ...