20/09/2018 Kick-Off Meeting in Florina

The Kick-Off meeting of the project «Transboundary Air Pollution Health Index Development and Implementation – TRAP» was hosted by Environmental Centre of Western Macedonia (KEPE), in Florina , Greece, on 19/09/2018. TRAP project is implemented within the Interreg – IPA CBC Greece – The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Programme 2014-2020. 

All project’s partners were present:    

1) Environmental Centre of Western Macedonia (LB)

2) Municipality of Florina 

3) European Regional Framework for Cooperation 

4) Center for Climate Change 

5) Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning 

Real-time air pollution monitoring is now more necessary than ever before. Air pollution is one of the most significant factors posing threat to the health of people worldwide. It is associated with a range of diseases, symptoms and conditions that impact quality of human life. According to WHO, outdoor air pollution was responsible for the deaths of some 3,7 million people under the age of 60 around the world in 2012, representing 6.7% of the global disease burden while indoor and outdoor air pollution combined are among the largest risks to health worldwide. Apart from population air quality has negative impacts on natural environment and biodiversity.

Strategic objective of TRAP project is the creation of an ICT application integrating air quality monitoring with health impact indexes in the participating countries and Cross Border area.The project aims to evaluate current situation regarding air quality in partners’ areas, install air quality monitoring stations and create public health indexes for assessing air quality impact on human health and natural environment.