Transnational Adaption Actions for Integrated Indoor Air Quality Management

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Comission's DG Health have warned that air pollution – indoor and outdoor – is a major environmental health concern, which can lead to serious health effects. Much progress has been made in the EU to improve outdoor air quality and reduce the emission of pollutants. However, indoor air quality also requires attention because it is where we spend most of our time. Indoor exposure to air pollutants may occur in any indoor environment; among them, schools. The most vulnerable to the adverse effects of air pollution are children aged 6-14, which represent 11% of the total Programme area’s population. 

InAirQ aims to describe the health impacts of indoor air quality on the vulnerable population and to take action to improve the healthy environment in schools in central Europe. The project will develop a virtual health repository to help decision makers monitor the indoor air quality and its changes. 

National Action Plans will be elaborated, tested and implemented , striving to raise standards of human health through improvements in the indoor environment. Capacity-building courses will be organised, tailored to the school managers and local/regional school operating bodies for the best implementation of the action plans, while the transnational Environment Quality Forum will provide the follow up of the project results and sustain the co-operation to the potential stakeholders. 

Knowledge-providing partners - national/regional health authorities and institutions - will provide the baselines of indoor air quality and its health impacts at transnational scale. Local and regional authorities, network of schools and the pilot schools will contribute to elaborating, testing and implementing the action plans. They will also conduct capacity-building activities.

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The monitoring campaign of indoor and outdoor air quality is currently involving 12 schools from each country partner (see map)

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