Dr Finn Danielsen
Dr.scient. University of Copenhagen and Senior Ecologist at NORDECO
Dr Danielsen is interested in innovative approaches for monitoring natural resources. Monitoring of natural resources by professional scientists is often costly and hard to sustain. Moreover, such monitoring can be logistically and technically difficult and is sometimes perceived to be irrelevant to resource managers and the local communities. With many partners, Dr Danielsen has co-developed and tested alternative monitoring approaches, where community members are directly involved in data collection and interpretation. When properly designed and carefully tailored to local issues, such participatory monitoring systems can provide valuable data, cost-effectively and sustainably, while simultaneously building capacity among local constituents and prompting practical and effective management interventions. He is associate editor of the two journals Conservation Letters and Citizen Science Theory and Practice.