Do you know where which trees are located? And whether these trees are located next to busy roads or paths? Do you know if these trees pose a risk for citizens when the oak processionary caterpillar returns?

The oak processionary is moth whose caterpillars can be found in oak forests, where they feed on oak leaves, causing significant damage. They are a human irritant because of their venomous setae (hairs), which can cause skin irritation and asthma (source: Wikipedia).

It was a plague last summer. The news was all over it: The oak processionary caterpillar was back. According to the Dutch Institute for Healthcare Research (Nivel), four times as many people with itch complaints came to the doctor than normal. By working together with your citizens, it is possible to act more quickly when there are reports of the caterpillar.

Tackling these caterpillars is still often done by municipalities through the landscaping or public gardens department. These services keep track of the greenery in the municipality and suffer from shortages, while the oak processionary caterpillar is gaining territory and is a risk to public health. How can the municipality ensure that the tracks are mapped quickly?

Citizen Participation

The citizen participation program of IMAGEM helps municipalities and citizens to communicate and solve daily problems that improve the quality of life. The solution can be used by citizens to report trees with the oak processionary caterpillar, and by municipalities to act. In this way you also prevent citizens from intervening themselves, who, for example, burn the caterpillars away. This can lead to more risks, both for citizens and for nature.

When the reports from citizens are shown on the dashboard, the municipality can plan further actions. They can mark the trees or immediately remove caterpillars where and when needed. In every situation, multiple departments must work together and communicate with citizens to solve the problem.

Our citizen-participation program helps municipalities connect and communicate with their residents and enables evidence-based decision making. Do you want to know more about our citizen participation solutions?

Other Citizen-Participation Solution Areas

Litter on Streets

Dog Poop

Caterpillar Infestations

Speeding in Neighbourhoods

Social Disturbances

Parking Problems

Crime & Drugs

Defective Streetlights

Fireworks Nuisance

And More!


Do you want to hear from your citizens about issues in their neighbourhoods? Why not turn this citizen data into valuable insights? We can show you how!