We are interested in people’s use of nature to benefit themselves and their households (both directly and indirectly). We are conducting surveys through mobile phones to understand who uses nature’s benefits, how and why they use it, when they use it and where they use it most. We hope to have participants from two locations in Cambodia: Phnom Penh as our urban case study and Preah Vihear as a rural case study. The participants will become our citizen scientists and collect the data via an app, or by receiving phone calls, though the information they provide will be kept strictly confidential (as outlined below). We hope that the data generated will enable us to create a map of the most important places in these regions to the local people, and understand what problems people face in maximising their benefits from nature. The project will take 12 months to complete, with participants receiving small data and talk-time for weekly participation as well as building up credit to ultimately own the phone once the survey is complete (details below). To participate in the survey, respondents must be randomly selected, attend our training workshop, be given a phone, have access to our site to download the surveys and download ODK collect in addition to Data Exchange.
This research is being funded by the European Social Research Council (ESRC) and involves researchers in the UK, USA and Cambodia. The institutions involved in the project are: Bangor University (BU), UK; New York University (NYU), USA; and Society for Community Development in Cambodia (SOFDEC).
Data collection and usage
- All participants will sign a consent form before completing the choice tasks. Only those phones connected to our survey, with encrypted forms can participate in this project. The server link is only available to participants that attend our training workshop.
- Only participants that have attended the workshop are able to submit data to our server.
- We will keep all the information you give us confidential. We will not share your personal details or personal views with anyone else. All data at the end of each task will be encrypted and maintain its encryption on all data transfers.
- Some of the information you give us may be published, but your real name will not be used in relation to any of the information you have provided us, unless you tell us clearly that you want us to use your real name.
- You should know that even though we will avoid including identifying information in any publication, there is still a possibility that people will recognise you by the things you say. If at any time you feel concerned about what you are saying being disclosed, please feel free to stop and talk to us about it.
- Any photographs you are asked to take within a task may be used to share with stakeholders. Remember not to take a photo within a task unless you are happy for it to be used for this purpose.
- You can stop participating in this task, at any time, without giving us any reason.
- Do you have any further questions? Please raise any questions to the workshop organiser