Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns the new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published early in May.
Compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries over the past three years, with inputs from another 310 contributing authors, the Report assesses changes over the past five decades, providing a comprehensive picture of the relationship between economic development pathways and their impacts on nature. It also offers a range of possible scenarios for the coming decades.
Water has been mentioned 104 times in the report which highlights, among others, that ‘Over 80 per cent of global wastewater is being discharged back into the environment without treatment, while 300–400 million tons of heavy metals, solvents, toxic sludge and other wastes from industrial facilities are dumped into the world’s waters each year”.
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The Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA) has been commissioned by the Norwegian Environment Agency to conduct a small study in 2019 examining the feasibility of using citizen science and / or crowdsourcing in support of Water Framework Directive work onwards in Norway.
A part of the study is to collect international examples, “good and less good”, to describe what has been tested and/or used elsewhere, whether as web services or smartphone apps or both, with success or without success. We seek both the more natural science oriented applications, and the applications that are more oriented towards viewpoint/opinions, eg proposals for measures.
Also services and applications directly targeting the official public consultation process is wanted. The survey will take less than a minute to complete!
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