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This project aims to develop sustainable and innovative solutions for urban challenges that will enhance One Health systems and infrastructure. By collaborating with local government agencies and partners, the project will establish a citizens' forum, employ citizen science for knowledge inputs, and assess efficient water circularity systems and waste management solutions. The project culminates in a publicly accessible digital resource called the Surveillance Dashboard, which provides real-time data and capacity-building tools for relevant stakeholders. This project seeks to create a democratic, just, and resilient governance system for better health outcomes and environmental sustainability in urban areas.


Core Challenges

  1. How can we foster citizen-led communication strategies for better mitigation and preparation against floods, waste management issues, and disease?

  2. How can circular water systems improve wastewater treatment in and around the industrial and residential areas in Marappanpalya Ward?

  3. How can we combine science and citizen engagement in the Marappanpalya Ward as a testbed for a replicable model for holistic waste management?

  4. How can we develop a blueprint for an integrated surveillance system that addresses challenges facing current early warning and response systems for outbreaks?


Capacity Building

  1. Stakeholder consultations with OneHealth stakeholders

  2. Curriculum for Onehealth to understand current approaches and impacts of flood, waste, and disease in the ward, and involve citizens in research and monitoring

  3. A comprehensive communications strategy to enhance OneHealth systems and infrastructure in our test ward

  4. A citizens' forum to gather viewpoints, ensure resilient governance, and employ citizen science to provide feedback mechanisms to continuously refine the approaches based on real-world experiences and challenges


  1. Stakeholder mapping for a financially viable business model incentivizing circular water systems in urban environments

  2. A chemical assessment and pilot in test locations

  3. A digital model offering industrial opportunities for applying selected circular technologies to existing systems in urban contexts


  1. Assessment of current models of solid waste management, human, animal and environmental health burdens of waste, and effective interventions 

  2. Capacity building, citizen advocacy, and incentivizing citizen science for data and monitoring of waste management

  3. Solutions for solid waste management that generate just livelihood opportunities throughout the waste management supply chain.


  1. A publically accessible multilingual digital resource embedded into the current BeST Dashboard

  2. Information mapping of data flow, sources, verification, and data analysis related to OneHealth forum, water circularity, waste management, food systems, and ecosystem services research

  3. Success stories and case studies of outputs  from target communities including simplified explanatory resources.

  4. A real-time data source and capacity-building tool for members of the health system, community, and other relevant OneHealth stakeholders.


1. Urban Flooding in Bengaluru

- Tsuchibuchi, Y., Yasobant, S., Olsson, S. B. (2023). Sustainability Ambassadors Global Exchange Programme, Bengaluru. 

2. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Data Analysis using Machine Learning (ML) Technique

- Naveen Saran, Varsha Shridhar, Shannon B. Olsson. (2023). Sustainability Ambassadors Global Exchange Programme, Bengaluru. 

3. Contextualizing diet-related health inequalities through a One Health lens: Millets in Bengaluru

- Publication in process
Anna E. Jacob, Srajesh Gupta, Shannon B. Olsson. (2023). Sustainability Ambassadors Global Exchange Programme, Bengaluru. 

4. Assessment of Global Early Warning System (GLEWS) Compliance within the existing surveillance system - A case study in Bengaluru, Karnataka

- Publication in process
Farjana Memon, Chitra Pattabiraman, Shannon B. Olsson. (2023). Sustainability Ambassadors Global Exchange Programme, Bengaluru. 

5. FROM TRASH TO HEALTH: Waste Management, Its Health Consequences and Solutions For Bengaluru

Blog post by Aswathy Ram

6. Adapting Nature-Based Water Solutions to Reduce the Abundance of Dengue Disease Vectors: A Case Study of Bengaluru

- Publication in process
Elaine Donderer, Abbey Olsen, René Bødker, Priyanka Jamwal, Shannon B. Olsson, Ajay Raghavan. (2023). Sustainability Ambassadors Global Exchange Programme, Bengaluru. 


7. Collaborative opportunities for India and Denmark to address wastewater challenges in the textile industry

- Ahaana Mahanti, Vishrut Shivkumar, Shannon B. Olsson. (2023). Sustainability Ambassadors Global Exchange Programme, Bengaluru. 

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Abbey Olsen

Assistant Professor, Section for Animal Welfare and Disease Control, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences - University of Copenhagen

Barth F. Smets

Professor, Centre for Water Technology (WATEC), Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering - Aarhus University

Bhaskar Rajakumar

Program Director: Healthcare - ARTPARK

Bindu Nishal Andreuzza

Vice President, Agri-Innovation and Lead, International One Health Incubator, SINC- IKP Knowledge Park

Byju Kurian

Head of Operations, Delhi - Bisleri International Pvt Ltd

Chandan Kumar

Assistant Professor, Department of Policy and Management Studies - TERI School of Advanced Studies

Claus Hélix-Nielsen

Professor & Head, Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering - DTU; President, Danish Natural Science Academy

Darshan N

Project Manager - National One health Mission, Government of India

Devarajan Ramanujan

Head of Section Design and Manufacturing and Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical & Production Engineering - Design & Manufacturing - Aarhus University

Dharmaveer Shetty

Global Wildlife Networks Coordinator and Secretariat, Emerging Diseases Group - World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)

Giridhar Babu

Professor and Head: Life Course Epidemiology - Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

Kashish Chhotaria

Research Manager - Kantar IMRB

Manoj Kumar Paras

Assistant Professor, Fashion Design - National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Kangra

Marwan Abubaker

Co-Founder & Director - Hasiru Dala Innovations Pvt Ltd

Pialy Ghanekar

Science Communication Coach and Consultant; Founder - Cell Savvy Group

Prashanth NS

Assistant Director - Research, Health Equity Cluster Lead & Faculty - Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bangalore

Sajid Hussain Inayath

Chief Operating Officer - Tamil Nadu Water Investment Co Ltd (TWIC)

Sandul Yasobant


Sanjay Lamba

Scientist - Tata Institue of Genetics and Society (TIGS)

Siddharth Kankaria

Communications and Program Coordinator, Simons Centre for the Study of Living Machines - National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)

Sonal Shreya

Researcher, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Aarhus University

Sushmitha Sundar

Head of Life Sciences - Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH)

Tanuja Rao

Lead: Products, Circular Textile - Saahas Zero Waste

Varsha Shridhar

Director and Co-Founder - Molecular Solutions Care Health LLP

Vishal Sanghvi

CEO and Smart Life Evangelist - Cybersetu India Pvt. Ltd.

Nandakumar E

Chief Executive Officer - International Centre for Clean Water (ICCW)

Disna Eheliyagoda

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Mechanical & Production Engineering - Aarhus University

Indumathi Nambi

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE) Division - Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras

Ulla Röttger

Chairman, Steering Group for Technology for Sustainability - The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV)

Vishrut Shivkumar

Business Lead - Shoonya - Net Zero Catalyst, Catalyst Management Services (CMS)

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