CAP-2030 Nepal: Dataset on plant diversity in Jumla district l (raw data)
The Stata data file "CAP2030_Plant_Atlas_Jumla_2022-06-20-19-18-13_labelled.dta” and equivalent excel file of the same name comprises data collected by adolescent secondary school students during a "Citizen Science" project in the district of Jumla in the remote mountains of West Nepal during June 2022. The project was part of a CIFF-funded Children in All Policies 2030 (CAP2030) project.
The data were generated by the students using a mobile device data collection form developed using "Open Data Kit (ODK) Collect" electronic data collection platform by Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) and University College London (UCL) for the purposes of this study. KLL and UCL adapted a CommCare form, and a printed 'Plant Atlas' developed by Bristol University and HERD International as part of the ‘Micropoll’ project, implemented in Jumla district between 2021 and 2022. Citizen science users of the app used the printed photographic 'Plant Atlas', which depicts different species of plant and their flowers and encodes information about its Nepali, English and Scientific names in a QR code. Data collectors had to scan the QR code of the plant once they had matched it to a species in their locale. They then went on to record any insects visiting the flowers and any pests of diseases affecting the plant. They took photographs of the plants and of pests or diseases. Researchers from KLL and UCL trained the adolescents to record the plants identified and associated pollinators or pests and take photos. The resulting datafile includes the latitude/longitude, name of the plant and category (crop, wild), date it was recorded, and the district. Links to photographs of the plant are included but require login to the KLL server. Users of the data may contact KLL (firstname.lastname@example.org) or UCL (email@example.com) if access to photographs is required.
The data were generated as part of a learning exercise for students to raise awareness of biodiversity in their locale and to develop a sense of environmental stewardship. Since the students were using 10 android tablets to record information in a reasonably limited geographical area, the dataset may contain several copies of the same plant recorded by different individuals, so cannot be used for calculation of prevalence of species. Rather, the data serve to demonstrate the potential of citizen science methods with Nepali school students to record such information. The app and the process of gathering the data are described in a paper entitled "Citizen science for climate change resilience: engaging adolescents to study climate hazards, biodiversity and nutrition in rural Nepal" submitted to Wellcome Open Research in Feb 2023. The data contributed to Annex 3 of this paper.