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Digital citizen science for community-based resilient environmental management


Previous projects highlighted the developmental challenges posed by rural population exposure to natural hazards associated to population pressure, fragile livelihoods and land scarcity. To document the evolution in time of these hazards, identify potential suitable strategies to reduce their impacts, and raise awareness among the affected communities several tools have been developed, especially the geo-observer network in the Rwenzori mountains though still limited in terms of equipment, skills and geographical scope. This new project aims at going a step further by 1/ extending the geographical extent of the geo-observer network to South West Uganda; 2/ enhance the skills and knowledge of these geo-observers as environmental facilitators able to serve as interface between the communities and the scientists; 3/ develop teaching and research capabilities for geo-database management and analysis in the partner universities; 4/ scientifically valorise the crowd-sourced database to improve spatio-temporal modelling of hazardous processes; 5/ develop and test new methods to initiate the implementation of resilient livelihood practices; 6/ favour multi-lateral interactions between rural communities, district authorities and scientists.

Intervention type

TEAM projects


01/01/2019 - 31/12/2022

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Matthieu Kervyn
Local promoter Grace Rugunda Kagoro
Local partner institution Vrije Universiteit Brussel
visit www.vub.ac.be
Local partner institution Mbarara University of Science and Technology
visit www.must.ac.ug
Other Flemish Partners KU Leuven
visit www.kuleuven.be
Other local partners Mountains of the Moon University
visit http://www.mmu.ac.ug
Budget € 279.917