Sharing knowledge, best practices, and tools for air quality management and short-lived climate pollutant reduction through a specialized community of practice with participants from Latin American and African cities.

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To protect the health of city residents, environmental authorities must be able to design and implement effective air quality solutions. In Latin American and African cities, local authorities may not have the necessary tools to develop and execute air management protocols to properly manage these issues.

The Air Quality Community of Practice is made up of representatives from cities across Latin America and Africa. It promotes knowledge exchange by sharing best practices and successful air quality tools and management cases from cities around the world.

The project’s objective is to strengthen the capacities of local authorities in Latin American and African cities so that they can develop, execute and evaluate air quality management tools in a way that improves the health of the most vulnerable populations and reduces environmental inequities.

Interested in joining the community of practice? Fill out this form.

Or access previous training resources and webinars produced for the community of practice on TheCityFix Learn.

WRI’s Air Quality team strives to provide cities with access to tools and methodologies that improve and accelerate air quality management and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) reduction. Further, WRI works to strengthen the capacity of local authorities to use and evaluate these tools and methodologies, promoting the development of programs and actions that benefit the health of vulnerable populations and reduce environmental inequities.

In 2020 and 2021, a first cohort of cities and regions were given access to air quality forecasts through the CityAQ project. The cohort included Guadalajara, Mexico; Leon, Mexico; Guanajuato, Mexico; Nuevo Leon, Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Bogotá, Colombia.

The Air Quality Community of Practice will support Canairy Alert, which is the second phase of CityAQ. The participating African cities will include Nairobi, Kenya; Kampala, Uganda; Kigali, Rwanda; and Accra, Ghana.


The Air Quality Community of Practice is part of the broader Air Quality Program within the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and is coordinated by WRI Mexico in collaboration with WRI Africa.

For more information, contact Beatriz Cardenas.


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