Inauguration of Fixed Ambient Air Monitoring
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,
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.