Making the invisible visible (Part 1): Opportunities and barriers for harnessing air sensor data to protect community health

10 March, 2020
14:15 CET
Online event

Communities across the globe struggle with localized exposures to air pollutants hazardous to health. And yet, many cities have monitoring systems that are inadequate for seeing and fully understanding their unique air pollution problem. Fortunately, advancements in sensor technologies and analytics is expanding monitoring capabilities by producing hyperlocal insights that can inform tailored solutions for reducing exposures, addressing inequities, and protecting the most vulnerable populations.

In this two-part webinar series, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) share best practices for working with civil societies and subnational governments to develop and deploy monitoring systems that drive clean air solutions.

This is Part 1 of the series, in which presenters will draw case studies from a field audience to illustrate how scientifically robust air pollution and health data is being used to mobilize communities in the U.S. and India. Part 2 will focus on use cases of practical sensor application for policy making, sharing lessons learned from past projects in cities across the globe – from the U.K. to Africa.

The webinars will conclude with a Q&A designed to capture key insights for defining barriers and opportunities around air pollution management at a global scale.

Presenters include:

  • Amy Wickham, UNICEF - Clean Air for Children. How air pollution is impacting children globally, how there’s a severe lack of monitoring in places where it’s most needed, and the opportunity to act.
  • Dr. Ananya Roy, EDF - Can sensors be used to shed light on how air pollution affects health, identify who and where people are most and drive action in cities?
  • Sarbjit Singh Sahota, UNICEF-India - The RepAir programme, India. Systemically engaging with Youth through U-Report. The programme is aimed at bringing knowledge and links for Youth to develop their own, ‘Healthy Air Programmes’.

Event contact

CCAC Secretariat
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