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Mobilising community science in Australia Jason Alexandra Executive Director - The Earthwatch Institute Community science is alive and well in Australia contributing to significant scientific advances in a large, sparsely populated continent with significant ecological diversity. The Australian Meteorological Observation Network and the Australian Bird Atlases involve thousands of volunteer observers. Across the continent people are undertaking community science and gaining an understanding of the environment by measuring weeds or whales, dolphins and dung beetles. I have estimated that 300,000 volunteers regularly participate in environmental monitoring programs like Frogwatch, Saltwatch, and Streamwatch demonstrating a rich third sector science. The movement’s importance, strength, and diversity of this continue to grow, since I documented it in “Listening to the Land - the first Directory of Community Environmental Monitoring” (1996). Government agencies now routinely recognise and support the valuable work of the community. However, further mobilisation and coordination of citizen or community

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