Novel ways to monitor and record odour issues across Kampala, Uganda

Summary of pilot

Co-funded by Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona, ‘Kampala NOSES’ is a pilot that seeks to introduce novel ways with which to monitor and record odour issues across Kampala, with a longer-term vision of implementing new environmental reporting and governance mechanisms that are accessible to all, irrespective of literacy level, age or gender.

The situation

In Kampala, efforts to manage waste in the city are continuously overwhelmed by the ever-increasing population of city residents, increased levels of economic activity, and reduced funding from central government. Citizens complaints about odour nuisance are present in the local media and authorities lack a monitoring system with which to systematically record and ultimately improve the situation.

D-Noses role and aims

Using a highly inclusive approach, the project aims to empower children and women through science education and to increase the capacities of city officers to improve odour pollution monitoring in Kampala using citizen science. A school programme will run until Oct 2020 to educate children about odour pollution monitoring who will design and deploy an awareness raising campaign in local markets during August. At the same time, the city officers will build capacity in odour pollution management through collaboration with odour experts within D-NOSES consortium.

Progress so far

The schools programme started in February 2020 in10 different schools across Kampala. Students and teachers are starting to practice how to collect data to be able to map specific odour issues around them. A stakeholder meeting held in February 2020 brought together members of the environmental agency, the city council, researchers and the media to identify key areas for capacity building to be covered.

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