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Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences, Crowd-Innovation and Fab Labs for Peace and Development - Annual International Conference 13 to 15 December, 2022, United Nations

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Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences, Crowd-Innovation and Fab Labs for Peace and Development - Annual International Conference 13 to 15 December, 2022, United Nations

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6th Annual International Conference on Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences, Crowd-Innovation and Fab Labs for Peace and Development - 13-15 December, 2022, United Nations
One week of High Level Meetings, Crossing the Spheres of the Stakeholders
The halfway point between the PORTO-ALLEGRE FORUM and the DAVOS FORUM ; the platform for the creation and development of projects for peace and SDGs.

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6th Annual International Conference on Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences, Crowd-Innovation and Fab Labs for Peace and Development - 13 to 15 December, 2022, United Nations
Organized by Objectif Sciences International,
in Official Partnership with ECSA, AddictLab, FabLab DigiScope and Université Paris Saclay
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International Annual Conference on the Participatory Researches, Citizen Sciences, Crwod-Innovation and Fab Labs
in the frame of the 14th GENEVA FORUM at UN, December 12-16, 2022
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The program


REGISTRATION FORM
LIST OF PRESENTATIONS
Tuesday 14 December aftermoon, Wednesday 14 December whole day and Thursday 16 december morning, 2022

from 09:00 to 18:00

Wednesday evening, de 19:00 à 23:00 : Networking Dinner of Science for Peace and Development Networks

FREE ENTRANCE UNDER SUBSCRIPTION (United Nations Access Pass)
Presentations will be held in english and french. Debates and questions will be organized in english and french.
Leading Projects of Education to Science and Citizen Sciences since 1992, and creating 1st Participatory Researches Camps in 2004, the NGO Objective Sciences International have the Special Consultative Status to United Nations. Active in all continents, the NGO organize every year, since 2012, the International Annual Conference on Rights of Nature in United Nations, at which one participate all Governments actives in this domain or interested by these works. From 2016, and every year, OSI organize into the heart of the United Nations hemicycle the International Annual Conference on the Citizen Sciences and Participatory Researches, in order to allow all the actors and operators in these domains to exchange, meet and share directly and at the largest international level.
Crowd Sourced Sciences

Operators of Citizen Sciences who exchange already at national and continental levels (Europe, America, Asia, Africa, Middle-East...) and who desire to exchange together, and share practices and solutions, at the world level, meet together at the Annual International Conference organized in the United Nations.

Fab Labs / Citizen Science / Participative Researches

Several public or associative organizations that are active in the domain of Citizen Sciences or Participative Research, federated or organized, at the national level. The main national actors, the federations, and the specific operators, organized presently at the international level, and are called to meet annually at the end of the civil year, at the International Annual Conference on the Citizen Sciences and the Participative Researches, at United Nations, in Geneva.

This annual space of sharing results and pooling of skills, allow to the actors of the domain to exchange practices, solutions, ideas, needs.

Your Annual Exchanges Resource

In the following of the national and continental meetings that are organized in each country and continent by the local federation, this International Annual Conference at United Nations allow the actors to implement in consultation, or to inform mutually, of progress and actions they lead during the year, or that they have in project.

The participants at this Conference are:

  • Local and regional actors of different countries
  • Thematic Actors by scientific disciplines
  • Regional or national federations
  • Thematic Federations, by scientific disciplines
  • Large Institutions of Science or Education
  • Government departments (Education, Research, Environment, Industry ...) and international associations of Ministries
  • Specialized Journalists (science, environment, education, sustainable development ...)
  • UN agencies (UNDP, UNEP ...)

Subjects that are in the agenda of this year are:

  • Standards and references of exchange on Citizen Science practices between national and international organizations
  • National and international Charts of Citizen Science, examples, projects, ongoing discussions of shares
  • Financing Solutions of the actions of Citizen Science
  • Access of citizen actors to the Research beyond their simple contributions
  • Administrative Status / legislative / recognition / etc of actors of Citizen Science projects
  • The Citizen Research, beyond the digital interface
  • Expected Features of web portals of Citizen Science
  • Services for Citizen Science provided by FabLabs
  • Dissemination and Exploitation of the results to the uninvolved Big Public
  • Road map for the mutual opening of the data collected
Special Chamber by and for the FabLab : FabLab for the Sustainable Development
FAB SDGs is the Macro-Management Initiative created by OSI - Open Science International (Objectif Sciences International) and Fablab Digiscope - Université Paris-Saclay to facilitate the alignment of fablab activities with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This workshop of the the Conference, organized in this long term collaboration with the GENEVA FORUM will gather experts from the global fablab network who already align with the SDGs together with new comers willing to align their fablab programs with the SDGs. For this second session at the GENEVA FORUM 2022, the FAB SDGs Working Group will focus on detecting existing and robust programs that already align with the SDGs through an anticipated call for contribution to fablabs. This call will also give new comers the opportunity to expose new programs and activities - even the most disruptive ones - aligning with the SDGs.

During the GENEVA FORUM, we will discuss the panel of strategies to support, to distribute, and to bring the most advanced fablab activities, programs and peoples to align with the SDGs at a global scale, to promote the alignment between the Open Science Practices and the SDGs.

For participating as speaker at this workshop, you just need to register at GENEVA FORUM on this page, then follow instruction your will received to post a proposal of presentation.

For participating as listener and participant, you just need to register at GENEVA FORUM on this page.
REGISTRATION FORM
LIST OF PRESENTATIONS

Detailed Program

Exchanges between stakeholders of the meeting will happen in a round table between speakers and debates with the audience of the Assembly.

Organiser : NGO Objective Sciences International, Geneva

Chairman:

Mr Thomas EGLI
CEO
GENEVA FORUM at United Nations : www.osi-genevaforum.org
Know more about Thomas EGLI, Founder of Objectif Sciences International, CEO of the GENEVA FORUM

Co-Chairpersons:

Mr Romain DI VOZZO
in charge of the Fab Lab Chamber
Fablab Digiscope|Université paris-Saclay|FAB SDGs Initiative

Here the Programme of the 5 days of GENEVA FORUM of December 2022, where are described the days dedicated to the Conference on Science for Peace and Sustainable Development Goals.

Programme of GENEVA FORUM 2022 (Public side)

Official Opening Session

Official welcoming session for Fab Lab Chamber : Tuesday 13 December 2022 3:00 pm

Session organised in partnership with Fab Foundation, FAB SDGs Initiative, Université Paris Saclay and Objectif Sciences International.

  • Keynotes
  • Remarks on current situation
  • informal gathering of Fab Labs; Welcome and preparation for Wednesday Fab Lab activities

Official welcoming session for Citizen Science Chamber : Wednesday 15 December 1:30 pm

Session organised in partnership with ECSA, AddictLab, Science et Cité and Objectif Sciences International.

  • Keynotes
  • Remarks on current situation
  • Remarks about concepts of the International Annual Conference

Presentations currently proposed for 2022

Presentations done in 2021

Validated Presentations

Citizen science: more than just a data-collection tool (a case study from Cyprus) ORAL PRESENTATION

Data is vital to identifying the cause and potential solution to problems. Unfortunately, often a large amount of data is needed to draw these conclusions, an amount that is often impossible for researchers to collect alone. A viable solution to this problem is a tool known as citizen science. Citizen science involves the mobilisation of the public to assist in data collection. The data gathered from citizen science efforts have helped draw conclusions and present solutions to known problems. One of the vastest environmental problems currently plaguing the earth is that of marine litter. Marine litter is having documented detrimental effects on both wildlife and humans. The public is often unaware of the true destruction caused by marine litter and do not understand that it affects everyone regardless of nationality or social standing.

This is the concept that led to the implementation of the MarLitCy project, to introduce the issue of marine litter to Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, collect much-needed data on the distribution of litter on the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus and bring together two communities in conflict over a common goal. This vital data will be used to supplement the marine litter database of the project which is subsequently used to inform on decisions that affect the wellbeing of the island.
Through the implementation of joint, bi-communal activities involving beach and seabed cleanups with volunteers and divers, MarLitCy brings an unconventional twist on the idea of citizen science not just for the collection of large amounts of data but also as a tool to spark conversation and understanding between two divided communities and to increase the awareness of a country on the issues that affect them. This paper will present the outcomes and lessons-learned from these citizen-science actions and how this can be replicated to facilitate extensive data collection alongside cooperation.

Abstract in englishThe MarLitCy Project is funded by the European Union under the Cypriot Civil Society in Action VI grant scheme and implemented by Famagusta Walled City Association (MASDER), AKTI Project and Research Centre, North Cyprus Diving Centres Association, and Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre.

Mrs Christina BALDWIN and Xenia LOIZIDOU and ATAI Serdar, Famagusta Walled City Association MASDER, MarLitCy: Marine Litter for Synergies, and Capacity-building, Cyprus, http://www.marlitcy.eu/







On Nature Peaks ORAL PRESENTATION

In July, I went to Chandolin, one of the highest villages of Europe to participate, with other uninitiated, to the program of On Nature Peaks.

This program is a mix of botanic and alpinism, where participants, from 13 to 45 years old, collect botanic data, supervised by a professional botanist. It is included in the BIODIVERSITA project, which is composed of a lot of other programs, and which objective is the etude and conservation of the biodiversity, via citizen research.

Mr Luc IMBERT, ONG Objectif Sciences International - OSI BIODIVERSITA, France, https://www.osi-biodiversita.org/


Botan’Isle : Mobile gardens for plant education and ethnobotany research. ORAL PRESENTATION

Creating and impulsing meaningful changes in our societies will involve several layers of innovation, from education and research to industry. Can we, as companies, reimagine our way of innovating, taking into account the real needs of citizens, the ecological balance of the world, and maintaining a virtuous work cycle ? Benephyt, created in 2013 as an independent research company, aims at tackling the matter of chronic pain, a disease that touches more than 30% of citizens worldwide, and currently lacks efficient long term treatments. In addition, Benephyt now has several new missions like encouraging biodiversity, protecting and translating ethnobotanical knowledge to a large and diverse public.



Our objective is to rediscover, assess and explore the relevance of traditional knowledge for the treatment of chronic pain and other relevant uses of plants , through ethnobotanical and ethnopharmacological approaches.

For this purpose, knowledge collection and crowd-sourcing of information is required. In an attempt to make this exchange of knowledge virtuous and ethical, we imagined the prototype of a modular and mobile educational garden that will allow us to both communicate and gather information about the local use of plants in the East of France. This polyvalent tool could allow education and research opportunities in all kinds of locations and in the most unexpected places, from cities to remote villages and from libraries to supermarkets.

Overall, we hope that this prototype will become a valuable tool of research in the field of ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology as well as for raising environmental awareness among citizens and therefore adding to the global effort for the sensibilization to biodiversity protection and conservation.

Mrs Eléa HEBERLE, Ph.D ; Ethnopharmacology researcher - Benephyt, France, www.benephyt.fr


Along the tree - springtails ORAL PRESENTATION

Presentation of two research projects about soils. Evaluation of the efficiency of various protocols on soils’ observation. Participation to an experiment aiming to alter the relations of individuals to the soils.

Mr Pierre DEBELLEMANIERE, ONG Objectif SCiences International - OSI PERCEPTIONN, France, https://www.osi-perception.org/






When the biodiversity of ecosystems meets the citizen science ORAL PRESENTATION

How have a better understanding of the interactions, within an ecosystem, of the various life forms in order to offer innovative ecological solutions ?







The solution could be to raise awareness on integrated management systems through project educqtion to increase familiarity with ones’ environment.

Mrs Solène TOUZEAU, ONG Objectif Sciences International - OSI PERCEPTION, France, https://www.osi-perception.org







Moth and Comllembola ORAL PRESENTATION

The trip in the course of the trees Pyralidae and Springtails created by OSI present :
The pyralidae, an invasive species that destroys every bush in its path ! However, we don’t know everything about them .... The number of times they moult is still unknown and predators hapve been discovered by OSI !
The springtails are super heroes invisible to the naked eye ! Yet without them we cannot live ! They provide nutrients and aerate the soil better than anyone else !

Mr Paule-Elie RABIER and Mr Amaury BARRET, ONG Objectif Sciences International OSI PERCEPTION, France, https://www.osi-perception.org/



OSI PANTHERA CITIZEN SCIENCE EXPEDITIONS TO PROTECT THE SNOW LEOPARD AND ITS ECOSYSTEM ORAL PRESENTATION

Since 2007, the Panthera program has been working to protect the snow leopard and its ecosystem in Kyrgyzstan and Nepal through the organization of citizen science expeditions.













Camera trapping, genetic analysis and wildlife monitoring are part of the program in partnership with local nature reserves and associations.

Mr Bastien CHAIX, OSI PANTHERA, France, www.osi-panthera.org











Water Watch ORAL PRESENTATION

The Water Watch trip goal is about solving problems we can find in aquatic ecosystems in France and all around the world.

During this stay we could notice that the electro-conductivity was higher for the rivers Fontaine des Allemands and Miére than for the Pré Janneton and Petit Vair, which allows us to know the rate of nutritive salt in the water.







But we could also notice that there was no nitrite, dangerous for the living beings.

Mrs Maïra AGUILAR-BRE, ONG Objectif Sciences International, France, https://www.osi-water-watch.org/

















Clean Games REMOTE ORAL PRESENTATION

Clean Games are team competitions in cleaning up local territories. The participants compete in waste collecting and sorting, and the winners are awarded. The players use the mobile app — it is like Pokemon Go but with garbage.

An event gathers from 30 to 1500 people. They collect from 0.5 to 20 tons of waste for an hour. In general, the Clean Games participant can collect 10 times more waste than during a traditional clean-up. Games are held as city festivals with a host, music and a picnic.

The project started in 2014 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Since then more than 1250 games have been held in 436 Russian cities, the USA, China, Japan, and 23 more countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa.









The games have united more than 87 000 players, who have collected more than 3200 tons of waste. The Clean Games methodology is spread free of charge.

Mr Anton ZAITSEV, Russian Federation, Russian Federation, https://cleangames.org











Exploring perspectives of more resilient Cities in Africa REMOTE ORAL PRESENTATION

In the context of land use planning or town planning, we talk about resilient cities. The resilient city seems to be the solution to many of the urban challenges of African hamlets, especially with the advent of the pandemic. Africa has launched a few years ago towards a policy of smart cities and sustainable cities. So what are the criteria for a model of a resilient African city if we look at certain countries that already stand out ? What aspects must now be taken into account in this context of health crisis while ensuring the sustainability of these sustainable city projects ?
We will give a general definition of the different terms for cities, take examples of African cities and explore important aspects to define the basis of a resilient city model. We will then highlight the importance of educating the population and the youth so that they can participate in this action while giving one or two examples.

Ms. Essi Farida GERALDO ; Youth Architect Community, Togo, https://www.facebook.com/youtharchidar/





Lidar in everyday life ORAL PRESENTATION

During these summer holidays in Crupies, a small town next to Valence in the mountains, I and young people interested in computer science worked on sensors, more precisely on the lidar which makes it possible to scan a space in 3D to be able to scan a caves in Mexico difficult to access by humans with other common stays.

Mr Gabriel CHAUVELIER, ONG Objectif Sciences International - OSI CHIP HACKADEMY, France, https://www.osi-chip-hackademy.org/





Centering Participatory Action Research in Racial Equity and Global Justice REMOTE ORAL PRESENTATION

Across the globe, more and more organizations are making commitments to achieve racial equity and global justice, but the complexities surrounding achieving such goals are not always clear. To effectively address racial equity at RAND, it’s important to upskill ourselves in these intersectional research spaces in order to better understand the implications they have on our daily work and research.



At the same time, we must acknowledge that personal beliefs/perceptions, and not always data, are what determine how people respond to efforts taken to increase equity. Balancing racial equity studies, policy analysis, and cross-functional awareness, are key to making the work at the RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy meaningful and action-oriented.

Mrs Rhianna ROGERS, RAND Corporation, United States




Absent this year



Science with and for society: moving forward to a better future ORAL PRESENTATION - ABSENT

Citizenship science is a branch of science that is implemented in a participatory and interactive way at the community level. In this way, science and society are influenced by new approaches and ideas. In addition, the meaning of research and its results, often known as a closed environment, involve more people. Citizenship science has the potential to bring a wide range of benefits to researchers, citizens, policymakers, society, and the research and innovation cycle. This can bring science closer and more relevant to society, accelerate and enable the production of new scientific knowledge, and help policymakers monitor the implementation of regulations and their compliance.

In addition to all these benefits, increasing public awareness of science and flexibility in policy-making and increasing evidence-based policy-making are other benefits of citizenship science. The purpose of this study is to present the objectives of the science program with and for document-based communities.

Mrs Maryam MOGHADAMI, Tehran university, Iran, Islamic Republic of, https://ut.ac.ir/en


CITIZEN PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH PROJECT FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN PLANNING IN KINSHASA IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO ORAL PRESENTATION - ABSENT

Our primary desire is to create Eco neighborhoods or sustainable neighborhoods in Kinshasa. These sustainable neighborhoods will therefore promote :

To reduce the human ecological footprint

  • by maximizing efficiency in terms of energy consumption
  • and maximizing efficiency in the use of natural and renewable resources.
    The objectives of the project are as follows :
  • Make a precise inventory of the current urban situation in the form of maps and surveys as exhaustive as possible of the population
  • Raise awareness among the local population of the neighborhoods most affected by this phenomenon of the problems related to town planning, the environment and the advantages of developing more sustainable town planning
  • Sizing, simulating, and finally proposing concrete and realistic urban improvements in order to make urbanism healthier and sustainable and therefore living conditions in Kinshasa.

We will develop town planning tools (development plans, town planning plans and regulations, dynamic maps) in order to :

Take stock of the urban situation in Kinshasa through field surveys, and the creation of dynamic maps over time.

Raise the awareness of the local population in terms of sustainable development and sustainable urban planning.

Contribute to the sustainable development of Kinshasa by collaborating with the competent authorities in terms of urban development in Kinshasa
The activities will be structured around 3 main axes :

  • An analysis of the natural site of the city of Kinshasa : Collection of climatic, environmental and geographic data (temperature, rainfall, pedology, geology, geotechnics, site profile, vegetation, planimetry and leveling-slope and relief)
  • An urban analysis and living conditions in the city of Kinshasa : Collection of data on the urban or fictional structure : Type of habitat (buildings and monuments), Social-community facilities, green space, roads and various networks or infrastructures basic techniques, level of servicing, industrial zone
  • Population analysis - What is the state of affairs & what are the current needs in the urban environment ? : Collection of demographic and sociological data (workforce structure, activity, employment, density, plot occupancy rate and urbanization rate) mainly through surveys of the population.

Mr Jeancy MULE BOMA, PRIMATURE Gouvernement, République Démocratique du Congo, www.primature.cd


the preservation of medicinal plants by indigenous peoples and local communities in Africa ORAL PRESENTATION - ABSENT

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 is a challenge that first and foremost challenges the United Nations and the countries of the Congo Basin, which abound most of the natural resources capable of playing a major role in sustainable development. .

The current observation is by no means shining, anthropogenic actions resulting in recklessness, incivism, ignorance, waste of resources, selfishness, lifestyle, industrialization, excessive deforestation, mercantilism, the loss of values are naturally at the origin of global plagues such as pollution, famine, drought, the destruction of the ozone layer, the appearance of new and rebellious pathologies, the disappearance of species. It is because of man that we have come to this and it is also through man that the solution will come. But to arrive at a world where there is more peace, justice, equity and happiness, we must remove the barriers, recognize its limits and its inadequacies and include everyone in this process of construction and research. of a better world by taking into account all the existential peculiarities of mankind.

Each people with a sociological organization qualified as primary or evolved has intrinsic values and know-how that can be used to achieve these SDGs. It is therefore necessary to avoid value judgments, stigmatization and exclusion which are non-objective factors and underperformance. We must necessarily integrate all the sociological components in the search for effective solutions and carry out resilient actions by adopting innovative strategies commensurate with the challenge.
The Baka peoples being custodians of certain originalities, authenticity, skills, know-how and specific knowledge conferred on them by their identity as indigenous peoples and therefore first inhabitants : we must recognize in them the holders of a certain science, of a technology that they possess, the mastery of the forest and of all the natural environment so they have been originating for a long time.

Cameroon, not being a wizard of this reality, must embrace this evidence and take into account the potential of its forest peoples (pygmies), and their significant and even essential contribution to the conservation of biodiversity. In Cameroon, these peoples living in the forest do not unfortunately fully enjoy all their rights because of their minority, yet they hold ancestral knowledge and know-how that are very useful in the field of nature protection, the development of ecotourism and conservation of medicinal plants.

The ’Good Samaritans’ Orphanage which supervises Baka children intends to promote their culture by :
• Organizing environmental education sessions in schools and colleges to introduce young people to traditional knowledge on nature conservation and the fight against climate change ;
• Organize awareness-raising sessions with the Baka peoples for their participation in the preservation of nature and the fight against climate change ;
• Create a shop in Djoum to promote the know-how of the Baka peoples (medicinal plants and works of the PACL) ;
• List the traditional dances, sounds and rhythms as well as the manufacture of musical instruments based on vegetable strings and other percussion instruments of these forest peoples ...)
• Create a dance and cultural group of the Baka peoples for participation in various national and international festivals.
Indigenous peoples need to enhance their local culture in terms of sustainable management of biodiversity.

Mrs Sophie Rose ROBERTSON BILOUNGA, COMIFAC, Gabon, http/www.comifac.org


RESEARCH, PUBLICATION AND INNOVATION CYCLE AMONG ACADEMICIANS POSTER PRESENTATION - ABSENT

For teachers/lecturers who say they do not have anything to research amidst busy teaching duties, I would like to share how classroom ideas can turn into the research-publication-innovation (RPI) cycle. Pedagogical teaching methods are often reported as creative teaching ideas because no one method fits all students, in all situations.

The classroom contains a wealth of information and data for authentic academic writing. When teachers/academicians say; “I don’t have anything to write!”, the answer lies in the classroom environment. Firstly, the teaching methods used by teachers can be turned into creative innovations. Did the teacher improvise existing methods to suit different groups of students? How can the behaviour of students be used as data in a study? How can the behaviour of teachers be reported in a study? How can the activities be reported as data in a study?

Next, the classroom also contains many opportunities for data collection. When teachers say, “I don’t have time to write”, the answer lies in the everyday documentation done by the teacher. Teachers usually plan before-during-after lesson activities could incorporate short episodes of a data collection plan at every stage of the lesson activity. Firstly, a teacher/lecturer can plan at the start of the semester on the step-by-step method of a creative teaching method. Next, the teacher can begin preparing a survey/interview/open-ended questions to gain feedback on students’ reactions towards the creative teaching method. Throughout the semester, the teacher might want to document the creative teaching method with photographs of students performing the activities. When the semester ends, the teacher can make time to write and publish the data collected.

Figure 1 displays how one teaching idea can bloom into a few publications.

  • (1) it all begins with a unique classroom idea by the teacher.
  • Next, (2) the teacher then makes plans for a research write-up.
  • Then, (3) the teacher publishes the research report.
  • After that, (4) the instrument used in the study or the innovative idea can be given copyright through documentation.
  • Now the teacher can prepare to (5) participate in an innovative competition for the creative idea.
  • Next, this creative teaching method can be turned into a “how-to” (6) book,
  • Finally, the teacher can (7) participate in another innovative competition to showcase the book!

So, my advice to teachers/academician, “write away!”

Mr Benjamin Nartey ODONKOR, BMAJ GIFTED FOUNDATION, Ghana, www.bmaj gifted foundation


OSI participatory research project, driving force behind sustainable tourism in the DRC POSTER PRESENTATION - ABSENT

The DRC, although rich in biodiversity among endemic flora and fauna, its extraordinary hydrography which offers spectacular rivers and majestic lakes is no longer an issue.

renowned destination. For more than 2 decades the existing tourist infrastructure has not been maintained and the dream destinations have not been exploited.

Several factors are at the base of this disinterestedness such as :
1. inter-border, ethnic, social and cultural conflicts ;

2. growing insecurity in the east in conservation areas and parks ;

3. non-compliance with commitments and texts governing the environment sector ;

4. vandalism, poaching, the aspect of other illegal practices, in particular corruption, etc . ;

Very aware of all these factors, we found it useful to develop a project called "MOPEPE YA SIKA" which means a new wind or a new impetus or a new formula.
This is an initiative that aims to set up an awareness campaign by 2030 with the aim of bringing politicians and decision-makers, scientists, tourism professionals and lawyers in general and in particular populations bordering conservation zones and protected areas to a real awareness in favor of the preservation and protection of biodiversity and the enhancement of our natural and cultural heritage, in order to make it a lever for sustainable local development via OSI participatory research projects.

And we believe that OSI participatory research projects as a tool for local development and science will contribute both to a path towards the empowerment of all actors and at the same time to the reduction of the time required to generate related solutions. :

1. the development of scientific projects on an international scale to attract much more confidence in the minds of people than just tourism ;

2. the socio-economic development of the places visited and therefore a certain reduction in poverty ;

3. job creation for young people ;

4.stability, lasting peace and the surrender of conflicts and wars through cultural exchanges of peoples who will get to know each other and share experiences

Mr Louison KALAMBAYI KIYONGE, ONG OSI-RDC, République Démocratique du Congo, www.osi-ngo.org/groupes-locaux/article/osi-republique-democratique-du-congo/









THE POSITION OF SPACE SCIENCES IN AFRICA: OPPORTUNITIES AND POTENTIALS POSTER PRESENTATION - ABSENT

The Moon, the Stars and the Sun in some extent even the Clouds in the Sky are regarded as sacred or gods by some African traditional religions which are at present in control of approximately 25% of the entire African population of approximately 900 million as at 2009. In this respect the followers of these traditional religions are there for restricted from studying the Moon, Sun, Stars or any other object above the atmosphere or the astronomy. However the religion of Islam and Christianity which are collectively in control of 70% of the African population have not restricted their followers from studying the Moon, Sun, Stars or the Astronomy, but however due to the presence of elements of astrology in the space sciences generally, which is a branch of studies many Africans use locally through studying the movements of Stars in the prediction of future events or in fortune telling businesses made the Space Sciences generally to be less attractive to both the Muslims and the Christians in Africa, hence this situation is making many young promising potential future astronomers, aerospace engineers, climatologist, metrologies or the astrologists in their early education (primary or secondary/high schools) end up studying non Space related sciences related courses in their University levels. Hence this situation has led to the underdevelopment of the space sciences generally in Africa and which also has the potential of under developing the future of space sciences at the global level too over time.

In view of the above and in order to expand the development of space sciences as a whole the under listed suggestions/recommendations were proffered which if adopted and implemented it will enhance the development of the space sciences at all levels;

1. Major stake holders in the space sciences like the United Nations Organization of the Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), National Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA) and many others should be helping in sponsoring and organizing Public enlightenment conferences, workshops, seminars or capacity building programs in Africa with the aim of developing the space sciences on the continent.

2. Religious scholars specially the Muslim, Christian and the African traditional religious scholars should be included in the capacity development programs towards developing the space sciences in Africa.

3. The international Space Organizations, especially those organizations that have excel or at the peak of the modern space sciences like the NASA, ESA and others should open their offices and possibly training institutes in Africa.

4. The international space organizations like the NASA, ESA and even the UNOOSA should be given scholarships to identified future space scientists in Africa that may not likely get the financial support to study the space sciences at the University level.

5. Papers and Abstracts coming from Africa should be given priority by organizers of conferences, workshops or seminars on the ground that many papers coming from Africa are towards developing the space sciences instead of being highly technical papers in this field of science, because the space sciences itself is not yet developed or recognized on the continent.

Conclusion
Africa will continue to under develop or even restrict the studies of space sciences with time, unless if the above listed suggestions/recommendations are adopted and implemented otherwise the rate at which the space sciences will continue to under develop will ever be on the increase.

Mr Babagana ABUBAKAR, Kanuri Development Association, Nigeria, https://web.facebook.com/Kanuri-Development-Association-KDA-554927154936244


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We have been working for protection of human rights, promotion non-violence social justice peace and Sustainable Development and working for woman victims, child labor, senior citizens rights, environment, rights for disable people, cultural rights, providing law media, free medical camp, shelter, scholarship for orphan children or internal displacement people etc. We are providing various guidelines to our Nepalese students who want go to abrade study by Sabunam Education Consultancy. We are interested to participate in your upcoming Program,

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J'ai beaucoup apprécié la diversité des profils parmi les intervenants et le public, aussi bien en termes de disciplines que de catégories d'âge. Echanger avec les jeunes bénéficiaires des programmes de sciences participatives a été pour moi une des plus belles expériences de ce Forum !


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The GENEVA FORUM is an annual meeting of the community concerned with citizen science Science La science est désormais l’affaire de tous. Découvrez la science d’une manière ludique et active. Nous vous proposons d’en découvrir plus sur nos expéditions à la voile, découverte du plancton. and fab lab. The different national, regional and international actors from different countries and from the different disciplines associated with this theme will be here to share their practices, experiences and knowledges.
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