EnvironmentAl integrated, multilevel knoWledge and approaches to counteract critical AIR pollution events, improving vulnerable citizens quality of life in Central Europe Functional Urban Areas
What is AWAIR
AWAIR aims to define new indicators for air quality and to evaluate the effectiveness of measures applied during Severe Air Pollution Events (SAPEs), to achieve greater protection of the health of citizens, with a special focus on vulnerable and susceptible people. Communicating correctly to stakeholders and citizens is among the main objectives.
AWAIR involves 8 partners and 5 associated partners from academia, research and municipalities across 5 countries. Four FUAs are represented.
AWAIR will produce technical information on air quality measurements, parameters and indicators, and predictive tools, to estimate the effectiveness of the actions in case of SAPEs. There will be two pilot actions in Parma and Katowice. AWAIR will produce a transnational strategy for coordination of urban plans at FUA level decision support tools and guidelines for decision makers and public administrators. AWAIR will produce an app for mobiles and tablets, to implement communication with stakeholders and citizens.
Communication in the project
AWAIR aims at improving communication to citizens and stakeholders during SAPEs, and will experiment new strategies and tools. AWAIR will also communicate its results outside the FUAs, to larger audiences involving other research projects and administrators in other countries. All partners will be involved in communicating at local, national, European and international level.
Results of communication
The final result of the communication from AWAIR will be to increase the knowledge about air quality, to increase the awareness about the impacts of air quality on health, to prompt changes in attitudes and behaviour in citizens and stakeholders. The technical knowledge developed by AWAIR will be disseminated to scientists and users. The decision making tools will reach administrators and regulators. The main results will be widely spread to the general public through digital media, press, TV and meetings. Young people and children will be reached through schools and educators. This document on the Project Communication Strategy describes in detail all outputs.
Reference points of the AWAIR strategy
AWAIR will work in the EU context, having as reference the situation of EU countries, the EU legislation framework and the common environment we all share. However, the tools developed will be amenable to translation and adaptation to other local communities.
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February 21, 2020
The Mayor of Budapest Gergely Karácsony invites all mayors from the agglomeration to discuss necessary changes and steps towards better air quality, including local regulations on green waste burning, co-operation among local municipalities and State Offices. An expert of the AWAIR project will give a presentation on policy recommendation and best practices will also be highlighted.
November 21, 2019
Municipality of Zugló, the partner of AWAIR project in Budapest, will kick off a series of workshops that will lead to a policy recommendation to renew the present Smog Alarm System for the Hungarian Capital and its FUA. The first meeting will be held in the Information and Coordination Centre of Municipalities in 21 November 2019 where the stakeholders will map out the problems with the present regulations processes and communication methods.
21 September 2019
AWAIR project has met residents of Katowice during the annual, open event 5th Energy Days of the Katowice city. This year’s motto – Mission Clear Air! At the GIG booth we talk about our project for clean air, social awareness and involving citizens.
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LP ARPAE - Regional Agency for the prevention, environment and energy in Emilia-Romagna - italy
CINSA - National Interuniversity Consortium for Environmental Sciences – ITALY
Municipality of Parma – ITALY
Municipality of the Capital City of Budapest District XIV. Zugló - HUNGARY
Katowice City Hall – POLAND
GIG - Central Mining Institute – POLAND
HMGU - Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health - GERMANY
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31 aUG 2020