Citizen Science Water Projects in Nepal: Participant Motivations And the Impacts of Involvement

David W. Walker, Masakazu Tani, Narayan Gyawali, Prem Sagar Chapagain, Jeffrey C. Davids, Alisha Ghimire, Makhan Maharjan, Binod Prasad Parajuli, Rajaram Prajapati, Santosh Regmi, Rakesh Kumar Shah, Puja Shakya, Surabhi Upadhyay

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    Citizen science is blossoming in the water sciences and benefits to the scientific community are well reported. The experiences of involved citizens are less well researched, however, particularly in the Global South. To address this knowledge gap, we investigated the participant motivations of citizen science water projects in Nepal and the benefits and negative impacts of involvement. Semi-structured interviews and questionnaires were utilised with 74 participants and 15 project organisers, mainly from 5 projects. Participant responses yielded evidence of most of the commonly reported potential benefits of involvement in citizen science, including knowledge gain, increased scientific literacy, and empowerment. Not all benefits were experienced by all participants, however, and there was evidence – albeit minimal – of negative impacts, with some participants reporting the net effect of involvement as being burdensome or disappointing. Participant motivations matched those typically observed among Global North citizen scientists; most commonly, contributing to scientific research, having the opportunity to learn, and helping the community.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)664-689
    Number of pages26
    JournalWater Alternatives
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Water Science and Technology
    • Political Science and International Relations
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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