Innovative solutions to air pollution

Published: 01 March 2022
Last edited: 01 March 2022

Co-created transdisciplinary approaches using methods such as interviews, storytelling, participatory mapping, theatre, playful activities and music can contribute to air pollution awareness and solutions to improved air quality. This approach accounts for local knowledge, cultural practices and priorities of the intended recipients of interventions, thereby making these interventions and respective air pollution abatement policies more effective and inclusive.  


Communication, outreach and awareness building
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Sustainable livelihoods
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Planning phase
Inception phase

Enabling factors

  • Use of a mixture of qualitative, participatory and creative approaches to engage with a wide range of stakeholders can lead to an improved understanding of air pollution (and its effects on human and ecosystem health) and appropriateness of respective solutions
  • Communication between affected communities and policymakers at equal and appreciative level 

Lessons learned

  • Contrasting definitions of air pollution
  • Unexpected solutions to the problem
  • Differing perceptions of who was responsible for enacting solutions
  • Overall view that air pollution cannot be seen in isolation from other socio-environmental issues faced by settlement residents

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