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OPAL scientists and participants help government research

The views and experiences of OPAL participants have contributed important information into a study funded by the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to look at participation in environmental citizen science projects, with a particular focus on data submission within projects. The project was led by Dr. Sarah West from OPAL’s York team based at the Stockholm Environment Institute. Read more here!

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Scientists to investigate why people submit survey results

OPAL scientists in York have launched a study exploring why people do – or do not – submit their results after taking part in an OPAL survey.

The study, which is being carried out by our team at the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York, is being funded by Defra.

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Tree health survey scoops Government award

The OPAL tree health survey has been recognised at Defra’s annual Team Awards, winning the department’s Civil Service Reform Award.

The survey was developed last year by OPAL partners working with the Government agencies Fera (the Food and Environment Research Agency) and Forest Research.

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Defra announces plans to protect forests

The creation of a new public body to safeguard public forests and a greater focus on tree health research are among Government plans to protect woodland published today.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) also encouraged the public to get involved in OPAL’s upcoming survey on tree health.

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