Citizen science is essential and enables large-scale data collection on major environmental issues.
A better understanding of the plastic pollution threat and its sources allows us to fight it better, dealing directly with the root of the waste issue.
Monitoring tools are already implemented across Europe, but we still suffer from a lack of data on stranded birds, which are yet a great indicator of pollution sources. Monitoring initiatives already exist, such as Faune France, a naturalist portal managed by LPO where naturalist experts provide bird monitoring but do not help with stranded seabirds monitoring on a large scale.
SEO, as a member of LIFE SeaBil Project, manages the monitoring mobile application ICAO, which allows to track stranded seabirds, but its complexity makes it difficult to use by a large audience.
With LIFE SeaBil Project, we will adapt the ICAO tool and make it available for a wide audience to allow opportunistic citizen monitoring in France, Spain, and Portugal.
ICAO will also be associated with marine litter monitoring tools to invite users to collect data on these related issues.
Get involved in the project and make opportunistic monitoring on the beach with ICAO.
Adaptation expected for September 2022.