An air quality monitoring sensor has been installed in Addu City under the project to establish a nation-wide air quality monitoring system in Maldives.
Environment Ministry said that sensors will be installed in 10 residential islands under the Public Sector Investment Program (PSIP) project.
Environment Ministry plans on holding sessions in all selected islands to raise public awareness.
The first sensor under the project was installed in Hithadhoo district of Addu on Monday.
The sensors will be installed in 10 populous islands. They are:
The first air quality monitoring sensor in Maldives was installed at the green building in Environment Ministry’s headquarters in Male’ last year.
The sensors will provide relevant authorities with five years of data on air quality.
Prolonged exposure to poor air quality has been found to have a harmful effect on health.
Research shows the main air pollutants in Maldives to be exhaust fumes from vehicles, burning of waste, fiber boat building, and construction.