Environment

New automatic air station for their quality monitoring opens in Batumi

Batumi, Georgia: In a significant step towards environmental conservation, the city of Batumi has welcomed a new automatic station to its atmospheric air quality monitoring network. This initiative is part of the “Save Nature – Georgia” project, which is supported by the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia and the Swedish government.

The station’s inauguration was graced by Vasil Gedevanishvili, head of the National Environmental Agency, and Anna Lieberg, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to Georgia. Gedevanishvili highlighted the Georgian government’s commitment to enhancing the monitoring of atmospheric air quality through legislative and practical measures. He emphasized the expansion of the monitoring network and the role of international cooperation in bolstering Georgia’s environmental capabilities.

Ambassador Lieberg underscored the fruitful collaboration between Georgia and Sweden, noting the project’s focus on biodiversity protection, air quality improvement, and institutional strengthening. She remarked on the recent actionable steps taken to advance air quality monitoring in Georgia.

As part of the project, eight automatic and one mobile stations have been acquired, with the Batumi station being the fifth stationary installation. Plans are underway to establish additional stations in Zugdidi, Telavi, and Mestia. Lieberg described these developments as crucial for reducing air pollution and enhancing Georgia’s overall environment.

The event saw the participation of various dignitaries, including Khatuna Zaldastanishvili from the Swedish Embassy, Deputy Mayor of Batumi Lela Surmanidze, Adjara’s Minister of Agriculture Zaza Shavadze, and Natia Beridze, the project manager of “Save Nature – Georgia.” Representatives from international and local organizations, as well as self-government bodies, were also present.

Minister Shavadze addressed the need for a modern air quality monitoring system in Adjara, especially given the region’s urban development challenges and the increasing number of construction and transport vehicles.

Currently, the country operates 14 atmospheric air quality monitoring stations, comprising 11 automatic and two mobile units. Data from these new stations will be progressively integrated into the agency’s portal at www.air.gov.ge, providing valuable insights into the nation’s air quality.

This development marks a pivotal moment for Georgia’s environmental efforts, showcasing a commitment to sustainability and international cooperation.

Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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