GEMS/AIR TWINNING - What's New
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| This page announces recent and up-coming events of interest to
the GEMS/AIR community.
11/23/98 - A copy of the paper "Global Partnerships: A Collaborative Effort to Improve Air Quality in Developing Countries" by David Calkins (WHO Consultant), is posted in the GEMS/AIR (WHO) Information area.
12/96 - There is an immediate need for particulate samplers to support a 4- to 5-month monitoring campaign in Buenos Aires. If you have equipment that is not being used, but in good operating condition, it may be very valuable to this city. For further information, see the file BUENOS.TXT in the Twinning program information area.
10/96 - GEMS796.WP has been posted in the GEMS/AIR Twinning information area. It is an update on the status of current twinning arrangements.
10/96 - There is an immediate need for air monitoring assistance in several cities in the Angara River Basin adjacent to Lake Baikal, in Eastern Siberia, Russia. If you have equipment that is not being used, but in good operating condition, it may be very valuable to these cities. For further information, see the file BAIKAL.TXT in the Twinning program information area.
09/96 - There is an immediate need for assistance to the cities of Rosario and Mendoza, Argentina, to support the establishment of air pollution monitoring networks. If you have equipment that is not being used, but in good operating condition, it may be very valuable to these cities in their efforts to determine the air quality, and subsequent air pollution control programs to reduce unhealthy levels of pollution. For further information, see the file ARGENTIN.TXT in the Twinning program information area.
09/96 - The WHO/UNEP GEMS/AIR Twinning Program has received interest from 25 different countries, and over twenty U.S. and one European air pollution agency has indicated interests in donating equipment. Three countries (Philippines, Ghana, and Tanzania) have completed Twinning arrangements and have donated equipment in operation. Nepal, Kenya, Armenia, and India are in the final stages of reaching Twinning agreements with U.S. agencies. The cost of shipping the equipment, though relatively minor, can often be paid by an international organization or the national environmental agency in the recipient country. The opportunity for the private sector, such as air monitoring equipment manufacturers, to participate in another country's efforts to expand their air monitoring could prove quite profitable. The benefits of establishing this "sister-city" relationship will go far beyond the initial exchange of monitors and lead to improved environmental quality.
04/96 - The Maryland Department of the Environment, Air and Radiation Administration, has offered to donate three Hi-Vol air samplers to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to help that city initiate its first air monitoring network. The equipment will be shipped to Tanzania in the next several months, paid for by the World Health Organization/United Nations Environmental Programme GEMS/AIR project.
04/96 - Several other country/cities are in need of Twinning donators, they include: Ahmedabad and Agra, India; Montevideo, Uruguay; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Cordoba, and Rosario, Argentina. Specific monitoring needs will be detailed as priority lists are received from these cities in the next several months.
02/96 - NEPAL: There is an immediate need to get a 5-digit microbalance for TSP analysis donated to Nepal to complete a successful twinning arrangement.
02/96 - TANZANIA: The Dar es Salaam City Council, as part of their Sustainable Development project with the United Nations Development Programme's Habitat activity, is seeking an agency to twin with and become a member of GEMS/AIR. This would establish the first permanent air pollution monitoring program in Tanzania. Monitors for any or all pollutants would be acceptable in establishing this program.
Please contact Mr. David Calkins at (510) 254-5942 (fax and phone) or by internet at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist these countries or have further questions about the twinning program.