Muscat – The Environment Authority (EA) is planning to launch an integrated national system to monitor and control environmental pollutants. The authority signed an agreement with Middle East Scientific Equipment Corporation on Monday to develop the programme.
The programme aims to have a network of ambient air quality monitoring stations in the sultanate. The agreement was signed by H E Dr Abdullah bin Ali al Omari, Chairman of EA, and Ahmed al Habsi, director general of Middle East Scientific Equipment Corporation.
EA stated that it is keen on ensuring the safety of the environment, combating pollution and preserving various ecosystems within the framework of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and Oman Vision 2040.
The programme also aims to protect the environment and human health in support of SDGs, and to enhance Oman’s position in international environmental indicators within the indicators of the sustainable development goals of 2030, the environmental performance index and global economic competitiveness reports.
‘Through the programme, important data will be provided to the government in making development decisions based on sound scientific foundations, and fulfilling the obligations and requirements of regional and international environmental agreements regulating the sultanate and the requirements of United Nations organisations related to health, environment and society.’
EA has set environmental regulations and requirements to reduce air pollutants by issuing the ‘Regulation on Controlling Air Pollutants from Fixed Sources’.