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Participatory science: urban people too have a role to play!

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You don’t need a big garden to help science! The participatory observatory “Sauvages de ma rue” allows each person to identify the wild plants that defy concrete and grow in town. Just download the application or go to their website to identify these plants and specify their environment: sidewalks, walls and feet of walls, feet of trees, waysides, roundabouts … The observatory specifies, however, that plants basking in urban gardens are not concerned by this program.

No particular knowledge is necessary to participate, only curiosity! Which does not seem to be missing, since in June 2019, more than 100,000 data had already been collected. Enough to feed the research program of the Cesco laboratory (Center for Ecology and Conservation Sciences), belonging to the MNHN (National Museum of Natural History), which co-animates the project. The second player is the Tela Botanica association, a network of French-speaking botanists who want to bring botany up to date, in particular by making this discipline accessible to all. She has developed a game to learn or improve the practice of botany, The Plant Game, as well as multiple initiatives to learn the science of plants.

As for Cesco, the data accumulated thanks to “Sauvages de ma rue” allows it to understand urban biodiversity and its evolutionary processes. “It is a decision aid in political choices, collective or individual”, explains the laboratory whose researchers display an ambitious objective: “Contribute to the invention of a new social contract based on our dependence on the living.” “

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