“Green Pole ” And “Arnika” Joint project
From January 2023, our team, with the support of the Czech non-governmental organization “Arnika” and the “TRANSITION” program of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, started working on creating the first civic air quality monitoring network in Georgia. Currently, there is a governmental air quality monitoring network in Georgia, which covers 4 municipalities of Georgia and consists of only 7 devices in total. Within the framework of the project, we plan to start forming a civic network in the following cities: Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Rustavi, Chiatura, Kaspi, Oni. In the first stage, we will start monitoring primary pollutants, including PM2.5 – particulate matter, one of the most harmful substances to human health and the respiratory system. The goal of the project is to promote access to air quality information and to register the polluted municipalities and settlements of Georgia based on the information obtained through the monitoring network, which will allow us to determine the priorities of work in different regions. We are planning to install 30 air-measuring devices by the end of the year, and this number will increase over time to cover all the big cities of Georgia.