Overview of Project

In this project, in collaboration with the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, the Ministry of Environment and other related organizations, we plan to develop an air pollution monitoring network and evaluation/research facilities, that includes a human resource development, management group, and a policy recommendation system to reduce “health risks from air pollution” on a sustainable basis. The efforts will contribute to the realization of a sustainable and high quality living environment and economic development. In addition, we also aim to encourage and develop engineers who can sustainably maintain and manage air pollution monitoring networks and researchers who can independently conduct cutting-edge research based on the collected data. Furthermore, with the cooperation of trained human resources, we plan on clarifying the actual situation regarding the PM0.1 fraction of particles, which is smaller than PM2.5 (fine particulate matter) and pose a higher health risk, and to evaluate the wide-area effects of air pollutants in cooperation with neighboring countries of Cambodia, and link these results to health risk reduction.

Establish an air monitoring network for the state of art science of air pollution and a framework for human resource development

Air pollution in Cambodia has been becoming a critical issue due to a rapid economic growth that leads to increasing air pollutant emissions from various sources such as traffic, constructions and open burning of waste and agricultural residues. However, there is a serious lack of human resources capable of evaluating and managing this situation based on a scientific understanding. In this project, under the collaboration with the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) and the Ministry of Environment, Cambodia (MoE) as well as other related organizations, a platform that consists of an air monitoring network and research facilities, a self-reliant and sustainable structure for capacity building and provision of reliable environmental information to be used for environmental policy making will be established.

Developed human resources will contribute to the clean air in Cambodia.

Through all activities of the project, not only officers and engineers who can skillfully manage the monitoring network but also young researchers who can take initiatives in cutting-edge researches on atmospheric science and engineering will be developed. Reliable environmental data will be shared by people in Cambodia and utilized to proposals for environmental policies for the mitigation of health risk.