Periodic Reporting for period 1 - D-NOSES (Distributed Network for Odour Sensing, Empowerment and Sustainability)
Reporting period: 2018-04-01 to 2019-06-30
●The International Odour Observatory (OO) has been created and launched with the aim of providing access to odour pollution information to a variety of stakeholders (citizens, affected communities by odour issues, industries, environmental and local authorities and odour experts). The OO has been co-created to ensure the most suitable platform to end users. The OO will be continuously under improvement during the life project. Dissemination actions will be deployed in order to give life to the platform.
●The main project tool, the citizen science App OdourCollect, has been improved to collaboratively report and map odour observations within the local case studies and beyond as the main tool of the D-NOSES methodology. OdourCollect has been integrated with other tools (Community Maps and PrOlor) to map odour observations and odour issues at a local, national and global levels.
●D-NOSES has started its multi-level engagement strategy analysing affected communities by odour issues at national level (over 450 communities in the 9 countries under study, 222 of them located in Europe) to select 10 local case studies to tackle odour pollution issues using the D-NOSES innovative methodology and pave the way for future regulations. Results will be used to raise awareness and increase advocacy actions to literally put odour pollution in the map globally by the end of the project and beyond.
●The D-NOSES local case studies have started in advance within the project. A strategy to extract lessons learnt from “early pilots” to inform “later pilots” was agreed since the kick off meeting within the consortium. The first 5 pilot case studies have been launched in Barcelona (Spain), Porto (Portugal), São João da Madeira (Portugal), Thessaloniki (Greece) & Sofia (Bulgaria). 2 more pilot case studies have been selected in Chile (Los Álamos) and Uganda (Kampala), where stakeholder meetings have already taken place. In the case of Barcelona, more than 250 odour observations have been already collected through the App OdourCollect. Further pilots are being selected in Germany, UK and Italy.
●Actions within the project are already contributing to the future creation of the Green Paper and the Strategic Roadmap for Governance in Odour Pollution. Advocacy actions have started also in advance and the first Policy Brief of the D-NOSES project has been launched and started to be disseminated within the attended events.
D-NOSES will have impact at environmental and social levels within the 10 pilot sites in 9 countries thanks to the work undertaken to improve odour issues in those areas. The 10 pilots will engage citizens affected in a highly inclusive approach regardless its socio-economic and cultural background, age, urban or rural area of living, gender, etc - thus, improving social cohesion within the communities. The methods created for engagement have inherent this inclusive approach and will be adapted to each case study. 6 pilots have already started to implement this approach: Barcelona, Porto, São João da Madeira, Greece, Sofia and Chile. In Barcelona, 50 citizens are actively participating and the number is increasing through the engagement actions deployed by the D-NOSES team and the community champions involved. The citizens participating have already collected more than 250 odour observations that are allowing to get a better understanding of the issue and will be linked to industrial operations to improve the odour problems.
Gender mainstreaming is a must within D-NOSES, starting by its institutional composition of mainly women within the consortium to its highly inclusive engagement model. For the Barcelona pilot, a mean of 56% of the participants in the co-creation workshops, in schools and other pilot actions have been female.