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Harnessing Citizen Science to Tackle Mosquito-Borne Diseases: Towards a locally based, yet Global Platform

This technical workshop, in collaboration with the Wilson Center and with support by the United Nations Environment Programme, will demonstrate the potential of leveraging observations from the public to address pertinent public health issues such as mosquito-borne illness. Currently, there are multiple projects worldwide that engage the public in the scientific process of learning about mosquito biodiversity or monitoring mosquitoes that carry certain diseases.These projects are executed at different invasion-stages and different scenarios of epidemiological risk based on their country of origin. Some projects are aimed at anticipating invasive and disease vector species arrival to function as an early-warning system. While other projects have demonstrated success at real-time vector management (surveillance and control) based on citizen-supplied information in areas with actual epidemiological risk.

Based on these successful projects the goal of this technical workshop is to explore the creation of a global common methodology, leveraging observations from the public and validations from virtual experts, for monitoring mosquito vectors that carry diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika and Malaria. This initiative will prioritize strategies for tracking these vector species globally, ideally using real time approaches that could be easily scaled, involve the public, have a central data repository for dissemination like the United Nations Environment Program data portal – UNEP live and leverage existing digital infrastructure from various citizen science monitoring programs.

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