Wild Lab Projects
Wild Lab Projects is a nonprofit organization active around Tromsø and Senja (Northern Norway), dedicated to citizen science, regenerative tourism and nature conservation. Wild Lab Projects engages participants (locals and travelers) in activities that generate net-positive impacts on both nature and host communities. To do so, Wild Lab Projects partners with research institutes, building bridges between scientists and non-scientists, and uses citizen science as a tool to raise awareness and grow empathy for nature.
Current partners of Wild Lab Projects include the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), the Norwegian food research institute (NOFIMA), Akvaplan-NIVA, the Arctic University of Norway (UiT), the University of Bergen (UiB), the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), the University of Oulu and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).
The outcomes of the projects center on the restoration of natural habitats, aiding wildlife, fostering empathy, and growing a community of nature advocates.
Wild lab Projects dedicates a significative part of its resources to the restoration of kelp forests, but other citizen science projects include a conservation project on Arctic owl, monitoring the endangered black-legged kittiwake in Tromsø city center, studying the effects of light pollution on songbirds, inventorying wildlife in a national park, sampling snow and water to improve weather forecast and climate models, or mapping cairns and campfires to eventually encourage nature users to adopt leave-no-trace practices.
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