A pilot project designed to introduce novel ways with which to monitor and record odour issues across Kampala. Kampala NOSES aimed to raise awareness about the odour around the city and identify possible ways to reduce it through the engamement of all stakeholders, including 10 schools, 20 teachers and over 300 students, over 50 market vendors, researchers, CSOs and the public administration.
Odour pollution is frequently a cause for citizens’ complaints and is often an indicator of other related environmental problems, such as air pollution, illegal burning of waste or excessive chemical pollution levels, sanitation or health problems, and it should therefore be considered an alert signal. Frequent exposure to odour is associated with headache, stress and respiratory problems. Globally, odour pollution has been ignored in environmental regulations; technical studies are rarely conducted and data and statistics on odour pollution are scarce or difficult to access. This lack of regulation is the result of three key factors: 1) Odours are difficult to measure, 2) Implementing solutions is costly, 3) Opposition to regulatory initiatives.
Kampala was one of the ten pilot sites across the globe to develop and test a new approach to tackle odour pollution. It formed part of the EU H2020 D-NOSES project and it has jointly run by Mapping for Change, Mapping for Communities and Science for Change, with support from Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona.
How to participate
Kampala NOSES was designed to offer extra curricular activities related to science, odours, mapping and awareness raising for students aged 6 to 11.
The "SCHOOOLS TOOLKIT" that we created comprises various original teaching resources and materials broken down into seven units so the whole school can learn about the issues of odour in their city.