Transboundary Air Pollution Health Index Development and Implementation – (TRAP)

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Center for Climate Change, Gevgelija, started to implement the project “Transboundary Air Pollution Health Index Development and Implementation (TRAP)”.

The project is supported and co-financed by the European Union and the National Funds of the Participating Countries in the IPA Cross-Border Program between Greece – Republic of Macedonia 2014-2020 “(CCI: 2014TC16I5CB009) and has a total budget of 969.331,00 €.

The project is implemented on the territory of the Republic of Macedonia (Pelagonia and Southeast region) and on the territory of the Republic of Macedonia. Greece (Thessaloniki Municipality and Florina Municipality).

Partners of the project:

Lead Partner: Center for the Environment of Western Macedonia (Greece)

Project partner 2: Municipality of Florina (Greece)

Project partner 3: European Regional Cooperation Framework (Greece)

Project Partner 4: Center for Climate Change – Gevgelija

Project partner 5: Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning

Duration of the project: 24 months (08.03.2018 – 02.08.2020)

The project’s goal is to improve the management and protection of the cross-border area in the R. Macedonia and R. Greece through the establishment of networks for monitoring the quality of air. Measurements of all stations in the areas involved in this project will create a system that will display real-time measurements over the internet. In addition, epidemiological indicators and air quality indicators will be calculated and presented, based on the effects of air pollution on human health.

The strategic objective of the TRAP project is to create an ICT application for integrating air quality monitoring with an air pollution indicator (APHI) in the cross-border area.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Develop and evaluate emission inventories in partner areas
  • Health risk assessment related to air quality measurements
  • Creation of an integrated ICT tool including air quality information in correlation with possible health impacts and providing an emergency mechanism for policymakers and for outstanding groups.
  • To assess the conditions of cross-border cooperation in relation to air quality and pollution in the area
  • Inclusion of relevant stakeholders in order to inform you about the tool created and the indexes of the tool
  • Spread and transmit project results to key stakeholders, as well as the wider public and vulnerable groups.

Within the project, the following activities will be realized:

– Creating a website for the project

– Report Preparation (Layman Reports)

– Identification of emission sources

– Preparation of regional emissions inventory

– Making air quality plans

– Procurement of monitoring stations for measuring the quality of ambient air

– Monitoring and validation of data from the measuring stations and their analysis

– Assessment of the primary health profile

– Assessment of health risk and air quality

– Development of an ICT tool for air quality and health indicators

– Development of an air quality index for public health

– Preparation of joint comparative air quality analyzes

– Workshops on air quality and health training

– Preparation of technical documentation and renovation of an existing infrastructure for opening an incubator

– Organizing informative and educational seminars for entrepreneurs

– Organizing a final conference on the achieved results of the project