Citizen science has grown rapidly in popularity in recent years due to its potential to educate and engage the public while providing a means to address a host of scientific questions. Here, we aim to explain biodiversity patterns and associated human-wildlife conflicts in agricultural conservation transition zones.
This will be achieved through meetings, workshops, training courses and scientific missions focused on:
1) promoting the acquisition of key monitoring equipment
2) designing and collecting pilot data on agricultural-conservation transition zones
3) providing training opportunities and disseminating knowledge to the stakeholders' community
4) stablishing a new network of collaborators between UK and Ecuatorian Higher Education Institutions and local stakeholders to accelerate the impact in biodiversity management and conservation. Ultimately, this project will allow us to collect preliminary data which will position ourselves as competitive applicants for interdisciplinary national and international funding calls.