Akvo Foundation / Earthwatch / Gavagai / IHE Delft / Stockholm University

Citizen observatories empowering people in integrated water and waste management

Sunday 27 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: L9

Citizen observatories are community-based environmental monitoring and engagement systems to inform science and policy. Their shared design and activation provide key tools for decision makers and empower communities to be part of the solutions to this global environmental challenge. By fostering collective interaction between different stakeholders, citizen observatories provide communities with an increased influence in decision making, allowing them to contribute first-hand to key economic, social and environmental issues.

This interactive event will explore the opportunities of citizen observatories to foster an integrated management of water supplies and waste streams. Participants and practitioners from private and public sectors, academia and NGOs will share hands on experiences with novel approaches with the event audience developed in a range of local, European and global programmes. Key tools to understand, create, inspire and maintain successful citizen observatories will be explored. Challenges and opportunities of combining co-design, decision support, IT and analytical methods will be discussed. The event will focus on the need for a paradigm shift in waste and water resources management through integrated bottom up approaches.  


10:00 Introduction
Uta Wehn, IHE Delft 

10:15 Carousel session with  GroundTruth 2.0 partners: 

• Successes and challenges of citizen observatories focused on anthropogenic waste in freshwater ecosystems
Steven Loiselle and Ian Thornhill, Earthwatch Institute 

• A new socio-technical approach for developing sustainable citizens observatories
Uta When, IHE Delft 

• The use of novel ITC and analytical technologies to inform citizens and decision makers
Thomas Bjelkeman-Pettersson, Akvo Foundation 

• New decision support tools that enable policy makers and communities to co-create novel policy solutions to water quality and waste challenges
Teresa Cerratto-Pargman, SU 

• Innovative tools for using social media analytics to track public opinion and attitude towards key water and waste issues
Jussi Karlgren, Gavagai 

11:15 Wrap up and review of event
Uta Wehn
, IHE Delft 

11:30 Close of session