This policy brief argues the need to better connect Citizen Social Science (CSS) with Sanitation Policy in the Matanza-Riachuelo Basin. The complexity of the socio-environmental problems at stake and the participatory mandate of national and international regulation regarding environmental policy justifies this. We explored the visions of the basin’s federal, provincial and municipal authorities regarding the benefits and challenges of enhancing links with CSS initiatives.
We found optimism regarding the potential of these links, especially concerning policy responsiveness and community empowerment associated with the participatory nature of CSS. However, we also found several challenges for its actual uptake, which were discussed with policymakers all along the research cycle of the Research and Innovation Action and more in-depth during the transformation to the action phase. Based on these discussions, we co-produced several policy options and concrete policy recommendations.
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