ROKIDAIR research project

    The research project ROKIDAIR – Towards a better protection of children against air pollution threats in the urban areas of Romania  will be implemented between 01.07.2014 and 30.04.2017 and is funded by European Economic Area Grants (www.eeagrants.org) and state budget, under the programm  "Research within Priority Sectors". The total value of the project is 1.120.000 Euro.

   Health and wellbeing of children has always been an issue of societal importance. ROKIDAIR project is mainly focusing on the health impacts of air pollutants on children. Focusing on one of the most vulnerable groups of society the project  is a good starting point to raise awareness for the whole topic of air pollution and its impact on society.

    In the urban area, particulate matters (PM), which includes dust, dirt, soot, smoke, and liquid droplets emitted into the air by sources such as vehicles, factories, and construction activities have been linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses.    Almost 83% of the population of the cities for which PM data exist is exposed to PM10 levels exceeding the Air Quality Guide levels. Recently, World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that monitoring of PM10 and PM2.5 is limited in countries located in Eastern Europe. The proper assessment of levels and trends in PM in these countries requires PM10 and/or PM2.5 monitoring in more locations.

    Monitoring of PM10 and PM2.5  in urban areas requires new methods and algorithms to evaluate population exposure and to assist local authorities in adapting proper plans for minimizing the levels of particulate matters (PM) that affect the vulnerable receptors (e.g., schools, kindergartens, maternities, hospitals, residential areas, etc.).  At European level, in only nine of the 28 Member States of European Union, PM10 levels in at least some cities are below the annual WHO air quality guideline (AQG).

   Through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. The three countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).

    For the period 2009-14, the EEA Grants and Norway Grants amount to €1.79 billion. Norway contributes around 97% of the total funding. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with donor state entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016.  Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.

   Financial line: Environmental Protection and Management : 

   http://www.research.ro/uploads/aa-see-grants/proiecte/finantate/proiecte_finantate_see-afisare_mediu.pdf

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