Biota of the WAP complex – starting a citizen science project for West Africa ' s largest complex of protected areas

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2016
Authors:Schmidt M, Assédé E, Oebel H, Fahr J, Sinsin B
Journal:Flora et Vegetatio Sudano-Sambesica

To improve data availability and exchange in the area of the WAP complex, West Africa's largest continuous area of reserves, we set up a citizen science project on the iNaturalist platform, allowing contribution of observations, ideally documented by photographs and/or sounds. Along with the project we created a number of online field guides for the local flora. Within only two months, 852 observations of 312 species have been assembled. We expect this dataset to further grow in the future and complement existing data sets from scientific collections and surveys.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith