THE AIR NETWORK WORKSHOP-Stockholm Environment Institute
- Published: Tuesday, 23 January 2018 05:48
A team of Kenyan, Swedish and British researchers are currently developing a new partnership that brings together researchers, practitioners and community members interested in air pollution in low-resource settings in Sub-Saharan Africa. An Attempt to improve air pollution and reduce people's exposure to it have been introduced in Nairobi's informal settlements in recent years, including awareness raising campaigns.
The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) a non-profit research organization that has worked with environment and development issues from local to global policy levels for a quarter of a century through its Africa and York Centre’s together with its partners in the project “The AIR (Air Pollution Interdisciplinary Research) Network” organised a network partnership development workshop from Monday 15th to Thursday 19th January 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya the workshop was held at the Ruben Community Centre in Mukuru Kwa Ruben, Nairobi.
They have an office in Nairobi and they were teaming up with Muungano Wa wana Vijijii, a local activist group who have been pushing for the slum to be up graded, both desiring to involve the local residents so that the community itself is at the centre of its own development.The network partnership development workshop brought together the whole project team, members of the Kenya Air Quality Network (KAQN; members include local government representatives, researchers and practitioners working on air quality in Kenya, local community groups), and informal settlement residents from Nairobi. The aim of the workshop was to explore new approaches, bringing together researchers from different disciplines and people, who live and work in the informal settlements to discuss the issues, raise awareness and consider potential solutions. These solutions will integrate scientific, non-scientific and societal understanding and knowledge to ensure relevance and impact.
The workshop incorporated a project team inception meeting, interactive (or forum) theatre to better understand the issues informal settlement residents face, and participatory mapping to gain information on likely sources of pollution affecting informal settlements in Nairobi. The network used a mixture of methods to engage and communicate, including theatre, visual arts, mobile phones, games, story telling and music.
The focus of the Stockholm group was air quality and they had come with equipment to measure Mukuru air quality and a part of the three days was spent identifying the sources of toxic air. Muungano Wa wana vijiji armed with scientific evidence and data will now try to work with the offending industries to improve the air for the people.
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