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Citizen Science In Practice, Latin America

EarthWatch Institute. “Field Report 2012-2014.” EarthWatch Institute, 2014 2012. https://freshwaterwatch.thewaterhub.org/sites/default/files/field-report-latin-america-2014.pdf

Earthwatch is an international environmental organization that connects people with science and nature. Their mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Earthwatch has global reach engaging people of different occupations and backgrounds.


EarthWatch Institute. “2016 Relatório De Campo, Adonte Um Rio.” EarthWatch Institute, 2016. https://freshwaterwatch.thewaterhub.org/sites/default/files/field-report-2016-brazil.pdf

FreshWaterProject was carried out in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico City. Water quality was assessed in São Paulo, Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro by the Fresh Water Watchers. Underdeveloped infrastructure and poor domestic wastewater treatment are main sources of pollution. Indifference on behalf of local communities towards water quality also contributes heavily to the problem.  Eutrophication occurs due to inputs of nutrients (nitrate and phosphate) as a result of a wide use of fertilizers by the locals.


Pacific Biodiversity Institute. “Pacific Biodiversity Institute Strategic Plan 2013-2016.” Pacific Biodiversity Institute, 2016 2013. http://pacificbio.org/about/PBI-StrategicPlan2013-2016.pdf

PBI is a non-profit organization known for moving fast and light into new terrain on topics that are not getting sufficient attention—but are of critical importance to ecosystem health. They  develop and introduce advanced tools and methods that support biodiversity conservation. PBI provides scientific support to public agencies, educational institutions and other non-profit conservation organizations.  PBI carries out scientific research in the field of ecology, conservation biology and natural resource management through usage of citizen science.