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Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development (Environment and Sustainable Development Division)

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Inauguration of Fixed Ambient Air Monitoring Stations

Start Time: September 25, 2015 09:00 | End Time: September 25, 2016 09:00
Location: Mauritius
Inauguration of Fixed Ambient Air Monitoring Stations

As enforcing agency for air quality, the Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management has embarked on a project of setting up a network of fixed stations to monitor continuously the ambient air in different regions of the island.The above project will enable our Ministry and our citizens to be better informed about the air quality and the level of pollution prevailing in the Island. The air quality data generated through this project will help the Government in policy decisions in the event of air quality degradation at relevant regions.

Annual mean average concentration of dusts (PM 10 microns) from theresidential areas will be submitted to the WHO annually. This will help to benchmark our air pollution levels (in terms of particulate matter) with other countries..

As a first step, the Ministry has acquired 2 fixed stations equipped with fully operational Particulate Matter  monitors – one in the  region of Vacoas (at the Mauritius Meteorological Services) and the second one in the region of Port Louis (at the Islamic Cultural Centre).The twostations were inaugurated by Hon. Jayeshwur Raj Dayalin the presence of the Mayor of Vacoas/Phoenix Mr. Ramsoondur and the PPS Mr. Toussaint on 20 August 2015 at the Mauritius Meteorological Station, Vacoas.

The network will gradually be expanded with additional stations for a comprehensive 24-hour monitoring across the island.  Moreover, provision for enough space has been made in the stations for upgrading with gaseous analyzers such as carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen.​

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