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Title:Ethical dilemmas when using citizen science for early detection of invasive tree pests and diseases
Authors:ID Pocock, Michael J.O. (Author)
ID Marzano, Mariella (Author)
ID Bullas-Appleton, Erin (Author)
ID Dyke, Alison (Author)
ID De Groot, Maarten (Author)
ID Shuttleworth, Craig (Author)
ID White, Rehema (Author)
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Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:Logo SciVie - Slovenian Forestry Institute
Abstract:The early detection of tree health pests and disease is an important component of biosecurity to protect the aesthetic, recreational and economic importance of trees, woodlands and forestry. Citizen science is valuable in supporting the early detection of tree pests and diseases. Different stakeholders (government, business, society and individual) will vary in their opinion of the balance between costs and benefits of early detection and consequent management, partly because many costs are local whereas benefits are felt at larger scales. This can create clashes in motivations of those involved in citizen science, thus leading to ethical dilemmas about what is good and responsible conduct for the use of citizen science. We draw on our experience of tree health citizen science to exemplify five dilemmas. These dilemmas arise because: the consequences of detection may locally be severe (e.g. the destruction of trees); knowledge of these impacts could lead to refusal to make citizen science reports; citizen science reports can be made freely, but can be costly to respond to; participants may expect solutions even if these are not possible; and early detection is (by definition) a rare event. Effective engagement and dialogue across stakeholders, including public stakeholders, is important to properly address these issues. This is vital to ensure the public%s long-term support for and trust in the use of citizen science for the early detection of tree pests and diseases.
Keywords:alien species, volunteer, eradication, participatory research
Year of publishing:2020
Publication status in journal:Published
Article version:Publisher's version of article
Number of pages:str. 720-732
Numbering:Vol. 11, iss. 4
PID:20.500.12556/DiRROS-12900 New window
ISSN on article:1989-8649
DOI:10.3391/mbi.2020.11.4.07 New window
COBISS.SI-ID:39051267 New window
Note:Nasl. iz nasl. zaslona; Opis vira z dne 24. 11. 2020;
Publication date in DiRROS:14.12.2020
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Title:Management of Biological Invasions
Publisher:[Elías D. Dana]
COBISS.SI-ID:523569177 New window

Document is financed by a project

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:P4-0107
Name:Gozdna biologija, ekologija in tehnologija

Funder:EC - European Commission
Funding programme:LIFE
Project number:LIFE15/GIE/SI/000770
Name:Obveščanje, usposabljanje in ukrepanje za invazivne tujerodne vrste v gozdu


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Licensing start date:21.10.2020

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Keywords:tujerodne vrste, prostovoljstvo, izkoreninjenje, participativne raziskave, varstvo rastlin