Online training Advice on planning actions for clean air in African cities


Air pollution is the fourth leading risk factor for premature death worldwide. Particulate pollution is a serious concern as more than 90% of the world’s population lives in areas exceeding the WHO PM2.5 guideline. Africa is also plagued by particulate pollution as it reports the highest annual average exposure to PM2.5. With limited air quality monitoring and management, a higher daily exceedance poses a challenge in African cities.

This has compelled national and municipal governments in African countries to prepare and implement a clean air action plan for a time-limited improvement in air quality even as their economies grow. Rapid urbanization, motorization and sprawl are making African cities the victims of deadly pollution and congestion that threaten to destroy the quality of life. Planning and implementing clean air actions is therefore imperative for cities. There is a need for improved air quality monitoring and data analysis to estimate air quality trends, assess health risks, identify major pollution sources and implement source-based strategies to achieve the air quality objective. A series of strategies will need to be designed and developed, including air quality monitoring and management, clean vehicle technology and fuel roadmap, reduction of used vehicle importation, reducing emissions from in-use vehicles, protecting sustainable modes of travel such as non-motorized transport (NMT ) — informal and formal walking, cycling and bus transport and vehicle restraint measures such as the policy of parking to reduce travel demand and combat industrial pollution.

The Center for Science and Environment (CSE), a research and public interest organization based in New Delhi, India, which has researched and built capacity for air quality management and Air Quality Action Plans, offers this online (self-paced) training to provide guidance on air quality action planning and build regulatory knowledge and capacity officials of relevant departments and agencies in African countries. This training represents our initiative to promote good regulatory practices, facilitate the exchange of ideas, gain knowledge and build the capacity of countries in the Africa region to address the emerging challenge of surveillance and management of air quality.

Course structure: This online training will be delivered on the Moodle and Zoom platform through a variety of tools such as recorded video lectures, quizzes/exercises, reading material and resources, audio-visual methods including short films, etc. . It will cover a range of issues, including:

  • Understanding urban air quality and public health issues
  • Strategies to strengthen air quality monitoring and adoption of next-generation approaches, including low-cost sensor-based monitoring and remote sensing-based air quality assessment
  • Understanding Pollution Source Inventory and Source Breakdown
  • Preparation of a clean air action plan by source of pollution
  • Design of specific strategies related to clean vehicle technology and fuel quality roadmap, including vehicle import policy and towards zero emission vehicles
  • Planning for sustainable transport systems including NMT, informal and formal bus transport and vehicle restraint measures including parking policy
  • Industrial pollution mitigation strategies – clean technologies and clean fuel strategies for large and small industries
  • Waste management strategies to control emissions from waste combustion
  • Dust control strategies with special emphasis on construction and demolition

As this is self-paced training, it is designed in such a way that it can be completed alongside regular work

For more information please contact

Priyanka Chandola
Mobile: +91 – 9810414938
Email: [email protected]

Surabh Gupta
Mobile: +91-8826806794
Email: [email protected]



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