Air Monitoring

Guidelines for Developing National Strategies to Use Air and Water Quality Monitoring as Environmental Policy Tools

Air Pollution Monitoring and Emission Inventories in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

The Working Group organized a Workshop on Interaction between Air-Quality Monitoring and Air-Protection Strategies in Countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia on 11 June 2007 in Geneva.

The reporting process for the pan-European environmental assessment reports identified important gaps across specific monitoring areas. Air pollution is among the areas where there are the biggest gaps in data availability across the subregion of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA).

The Working Group in 2002, discussed participation of EECCA countries in international air pollution monitoring and assessment networks ENG FRE RUS.

As a follow up and with the support by the EU/Tacis funds, the Working Group in 2003 developed recommendations to strengthen the capacity of EECCA countries on practical ways and means to:

Develop or improve air pollution inventories

Establish monitoring stations

Apply measurement techniques and emission modelling for major pollutants

Comply with their data collection and reporting obligations under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP).

Workshops on air emissions inventory and atmospheric air pollution monitoring and modelling took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan:

National workshop (26-28 May 2003, Almaty)

Agenda RUS

Workshop report ENG RUS.

International meetings (8-10 October 2003, Almaty)

Agenda ENG  RUS

Meeting report ENG RUS

Report for Kazakhstan ENG RUS

Recommendations for the EECCA countries - new parties to the CLRTAP ENG RUS.

In 2006 the Working Group started the appraisal of air quality monitoring in EECCA countries to advise them on expanding, upgrading and optimizing these networks, taking into account international requirements, guidelines and experiences. A review was prepared to describe the current EECCA networks and comparing these with monitoring carried out in the European Union and the United States. ENG RUS