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A Buzz for Sustainability and Conservation: The Growing Potential of Citizen Science Studies on Bees

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Instituto de Estudos Avançados, University of São Paulo, R. Praça do Relógio 109, São Paulo 05508-970, SP, Brazil
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Escola de Artes, Ciências e Humanidades, University of São Paulo, R. Arlindo Bettio 1000, São Paulo 03828-000, SP, Brazil
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Centro de Ciências Naturais e Humanas, Federal University of ABC, R. Arcturus 3, São Bernardo Do Campo 09606-070, SP, Brazil
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Escola Politécnica, University of São Paulo, Avenida Professor Luciano Gualberto 158, Tv. 3, São Paulo 05508-010, SP, Brazil
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Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 959; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020959
Received: 31 October 2020 / Revised: 12 January 2021 / Accepted: 14 January 2021 / Published: 19 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Citizen Science and the Role in Sustainable Development)
Expanding involvement of the public in citizen science projects can benefit both volunteers and professional scientists alike. Recently, citizen science has come into focus as an important data source for reporting and monitoring United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since bees play an essential role in the pollination ecosystem service, citizen science projects involving them have a high potential for attaining SDGs. By performing a systematic review of citizen science studies on bees, we assessed how these studies could contribute towards SDG reporting and monitoring, and also verified compliance with citizen science principles. Eighty eight studies published from 1992 to 2020 were collected. SDG 15 (Life on Land) and SDG 17 (Partnerships) were the most outstanding, potentially contributing to targets related to biodiversity protection, restoration and sustainable use, capacity building and establishing multi stakeholder partnerships. SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 4 (Quality Education), and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) were also addressed. Studies were found to produce new knowledge, apply methods to improve data quality, and invest in open access publishing. Notably, volunteer participation was mainly restricted to data collection. Further challenges include extending these initiatives to developing countries, where only a few citizen science projects are underway. View Full-Text
Keywords: bee monitoring; beekeeping; citizen science principles; pollination; sustainable development goals bee monitoring; beekeeping; citizen science principles; pollination; sustainable development goals
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Koffler, S.; Barbiéri, C.; Ghilardi-Lopes, N.P.; Leocadio, J.N.; Albertini, B.; Francoy, T.M.; Saraiva, A.M. A Buzz for Sustainability and Conservation: The Growing Potential of Citizen Science Studies on Bees. Sustainability 2021, 13, 959. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020959

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Koffler S, Barbiéri C, Ghilardi-Lopes NP, Leocadio JN, Albertini B, Francoy TM, Saraiva AM. A Buzz for Sustainability and Conservation: The Growing Potential of Citizen Science Studies on Bees. Sustainability. 2021; 13(2):959. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020959

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Koffler, Sheina, Celso Barbiéri, Natalia P. Ghilardi-Lopes, Jailson N. Leocadio, Bruno Albertini, Tiago M. Francoy, and Antonio M. Saraiva 2021. "A Buzz for Sustainability and Conservation: The Growing Potential of Citizen Science Studies on Bees" Sustainability 13, no. 2: 959. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020959

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