The Odour Observatory is an online resource to consult, interact and input data about odour issues. It was co-designed within the framework of the D-NOSES European H2020 project and launched in May, 2019. The D-NOSES project aims to kickstart a much-needed collaborative journey to tackle the problem of odours at a global scale. We will achieve this by bringing together experts from research, industry and technology. Focusing on 10 case studies across Europe and beyond, we will test different bottom-up approaches and methods to tackle odour issues and use the experience and learnings to inform future actions.
The Odour Observatory has been designed to fill in the gap for accessing information in relation to odour issues. This is in line with Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration which states three fundamental rights for citizens: access to information, access to public participation and access to justice. This resource provides access to information for all the different stakeholders who have a part to play in causing or addressing odour pollution. It will inform individuals and communities, policy makers, researchers and industries about odour issues, regulations, research, data collection methods and potential mitigation measures or solutions.
Within the Odour Observatory you can learn from other communities, researchers and industries. You can share your experiences and ideas on odour issues so that others may build upon your knowledge. The Observatory will collect and display information on odour issues that are not usually publicly accessible, for example; evidence and statistics of odour complaints, locations of different odour issues and measures being taken to address them. It will bring together all the different stakeholders and players in odour pollution to find solutions and mitigation measures to address issues, using a bottom-up approach.
Despite being a major source of environmental complaints, very little is known about odour pollution and its extent. By bringing together all the information in one place we can begin to build a picture of how big a concern odour pollution is and how we can tackle it at a local, national and global level. By participating and adding your data, knowledge and experience to the Odour Observatory you will help to develop a clearer and more complete view of the issue.
The Odour Observatory has been built as part of the D-Noses European H2020 project. This project brings together partners from across Europe and beyond. Together we cover all aspects of odour pollution, including experts in academia, research, citizen science and community engagement, and representatives from industry, public sector and policy makers. You can read more about the partners at dnoses.eu