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Vigie-Nature (Nature Watch)

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Project begin: 01/01/1989

By involving citizens and NGOs in a ground-breaking collaboration, Programme Director Grégoire Lois is shaping the way biodiversity is monitored and promoted in France.

Leading organisation: French Natural History Museum
The country where the team is based: France
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development
Sub-themes: Cities, Climate change, Knowledge sharing, Participatory science/citizen science
Selection: 2020/2021
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Unlike agriculture, weather and game, biodiversity is poorly monitored by the French state, especially common species in the countryside and urban areas. Determined to fill the gap and collect essential data about biodiversity, Grégoire Loïs helped develop a participative approach to monitoring.

Paving the way for collective action

Supported by the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Vigie-Nature’s 20 biodiversity monitoring programmes are co-run by NGOs and focus on common species like birds, bats, grasshoppers, butterflies, snails and bumblebees. Using different techniques – from observation to ultrasound recording, pictures and serious games on apps – these programmes encourage everyone to discover and record biodiversity in France. No prior knowledge is required.

Building a new biodiversity framework

By co-creating programmes with NGOs and promoting citizen science projects, Vigie-Nature contributes to enhancing knowledge and empowering citizens. Analysed collectively, the data feeds ecological research including biodiversity indicators to benchmark policies and goals.

Moving forwards, Vigie-Nature is looking forward to developing more programmes in more French-speaking countries, harmonising existing web interfaces for data analysis and extending its sound recording monitoring programs. The team also continues to develop AI identification tools, without undermining the essential role played by every participant.

Keen to get involved? More information about Vigie-Nature’s programmes?

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