Odour pollution is the second reason for citizens’ complaints after noise, across Europe.
Frequent exposure to odour is associated with headache, stress and respiratory problems. Odour nuisance is an indicator of larger environmental issues, such as poor waste management or polluted water. Yet, odour pollution has repeatedly been ignored in environmental regulations leaving citizens defenceless. Due to the lack of regulation, situated technical studies are rarely conducted and data and statistics on odour pollution are scarce or difficult to access. D-NOSES aims to provide a solution to this largely neglected problem by reversing the way in which odour pollution is commonly tackled.
Our approach is to empower citizens with RRI, citizen science and co-creation tools to become drivers of change. D-NOSES promotes a quadruple helix model that will be applied at local, national and global levels.
D-NOSES will empower citizens to become a driving force for change through RRI, citizen science and co-creation tools to map and measure the problem, and co-design solutions with key quadruple helix stakeholders.
This 3 year-long project is supported by key experts in RRI, citizen science and co-creation (IBERCIVIS, IFC, MFC, ECSA), International Associations (MIO-ECSDE, ISWA, AMIGO), odour and sustainability experts, including universities and SMEs (POLIMI, DESEE, APEA, ENV, ECO), local administration (CMSJM and SOFIA SM) and public bodies (LIPOR). D-NOSES will reverse the way in which odour pollution is commonly tackled (i.e. a non-transparent, private process involving either the odour emitting industry or the local city council, with no citizen involvement and poor access to data and information) by applying a holistic approach to researching, building and suggesting an appropriate regulatory framework, which can act as a basis of the future odour pollution control efforts.
D-NOSES will empower citizens to become a driving force for change through RRI, citizen science and co-creation tools to map and measure the problem, and co-design solutions with key quadruple helix stakeholders. D-NOSES aims to kickstart a much-needed collaborative journey to tackle the problem of odours at a global scale by developing coordinated local case studies in 10 European and non-European countries. Several project actions will guarantee a high impact and project sustainability
The International Odour Observatory, where all relevant data and information will be gathered, mapped and made available, together with the Green Paper and the Strategic Roadmap for Governance in Odour Pollution, which will set the basis for future regulations. Moreover, an engagement plan at the global, national and local level will be defined to engage stakeholders and communities, collect evidence and propose local solutions, facilitating community regulations. As a result, a bottom-up, multi-level governance model will be defined, while advocacy actions will be done at the policy level to introduce the topic in the policy agendas. Scientific guidelines for policy making and DIY guidelines for project replicability will also be produced.
Oct. 22, 2020, 10:17 a.m. - Muki Haklay
Great project that is using the ability of people to smell to contribute to environmental monitoring. This is not possible in other ways and demonstrates the value of citizen science to do things that are not possible otherwise.