Citizen observatories aims to involve people into a collective monitoring of the territory, thus contributing to a better appropriation of the territory by users and a better understanding of issues affecting it

Such an approach allows to:

  • involve coastal users so that they become key players on the territory as watchmen,
  • inform users and local populations about good environmental status issues for the years to come,
  • provide decision-makers (municipalities, institutions and managers) with a decision support tool.
The BioObs project (database inventorying underwater observations) consist of a combination of an application and a website which enables to report observations of species encountered during dives. It is intended for all divers and is both a personal and a collective database on observations made in various diving spots and over the year. Scale: France
BioLit is a participatory science programme which focuses on the evolution of biological diversity and its pressures all along the French coastline. It also contributes to the identification and development of indicators to monitor the quality of coastal environments. Through the online platform, users are invited to provide their observations about coastal biodiversity, content of the foreshore, non indigenous species, halophytic vegetation or threats. Scale: France
The CapOeRa programme (Capsules d’Oeufs de Raies – Ray Egg Capsules) invites people to contribute to the census and collection of ray egg capsules on French beaches in order to improve our knowledge of these threatened species while raising awareness among the general public. Scale: France
Cybelle Méditerranée
The Cybelle Méditerranée relies on contributions from amateur crew members to conduct observation of open sea species (cetaceans, marine turtles and jellyfish). Simple and accurate methods were established by experts in order to be used by anybody, even without prior training. Reported data are stored in a database which is freely available for scientific community through the programme website. Scale: Northwestern Mediterranean (Spain, France, Monaco, Italy)
DONIA is a community based marine mapping mobile app. It is intended for boaters, divers, fishers, and other users of the sea who wish to benefit from detailed maps, enriched by data on marine life and real-time information about surface activities. DONIA contributes to protecting Posidonia oceanica meadows by providing boaters with accurate seabed types maps, thus enabling them to avoid anchoring in the meadows. Scale: French Mediterranean
Fish Watch Forum
Created and maintained by the NGO Peau-Bleue and the ECOMERS laboratory of the Nice – Sophia Antipolis University, the Fish Watch Forum is a participative observatory which collects and gathers pictures and observations on fish in Europe and in the Western Mediterranean Sea. It aims mainly at collecting and providing access to citizen observations which are interesting for scientific knowledge of marine fish, their morphologic variability, their distribution, their habitat… Scale: Europe and Western Mediterranean
Jellyfish Spotting
The Jellyfish Spotting platform was created within the framework of the PERSEUS Jellyfish Spotting campaign. It aims at improving knowledge about jellyfish distribution patterns by integrating observations from all users. This platform is opened to everybody and anybody can contribute by reporting a sighting. Scale: Mediterranean and Black Sea
Jellyfish watch
This platform allows users to report jellyfish sightings along Israeli coast in order to better understand the distribution pattern of these animals. Scale: Israel
Jellywatch is an online platform which gives the general public the possibility to report various observations (jellyfish mostly) in order to improve our knowledge on marine biological diversity. Scale: World
Created in 2011, the MedObs-Sub observatory aims to initiate a citizen dynamic by giving stakeholders a key role in monitoring and by raising awareness about environmental issues related to coastal uses. Any diver or fisherman (fishing from the shore, from a boat or spearfishing) can become a watchman and report sightings about: underwater landscapes, alien species, pollutions, biological diversity and uses. Scale: French Mediterranean
Meteo Meduse
Meteo Meduse is an application which proposes people to report jellyfish sightings in order to map in real time the presence of jellyfish along the Italian coast and to study the phenomenon.
Scale: Italy
Observadores del Mar
The Observadores de Mar initiative is a participatory science project intended for all sea users which aims to monitor marine environment and its pressures through the observation of various elements: coralligenous, crustaceans, jellyfish, invasive species, marine debris…
Scale: Spain
Opération méduses
Opération méduses is a participatory science programme which aims to gather jellyfish sightings all along the western Europe coast.
Scale: Western Europe
Observatoire Sport Mer Territoire
The Sport Mer Territoire observatory is a tool which aims to mobilize and inform water sports practitioners and coastal users about territorial issues. It gives users the possibility to share their experiences and observations through a platform which gathers and centralizes data, thus providing both coastal users and managers with structured information on the territory and sport activities.
Scale: French Mediterranean
Among the actions aiming at preserving biodiversity, the RAMOGE agreement proposes to involve divers of the RAMOGE area in order to gather their observations on the conservation status of some flagship species such as the brown meagre, the noble pen shell and the ribbed Mediterranean limpet. Data collected will be entered by divers themselves on and will then be analysed by experts for each species, before being included in a database. After each summer season, the RAMOGE agreement will provide the participants with the results obtained over all observations.
Scale : Area of the RAMOGE agreement
Spot the jellyfish
The IOIKIDS Spot the Jellyfish initiative aims to increase awareness, especially amongst the younger generations, about the local diversity of jellyfish species, through the reporting of sightings of jellyfish on Maltese coastal waters. In doing so, the initiative would be supplying useful data for local marine scientists and tourist authorities, through a participatory approach.
Scale: Malta