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Title: General Direction of the National Center for Environmental Research and Training (Cenica)

Author: Bolívar, A. P. Martínez; Ávila, J. Zaragoza; Arriaga, O. Fentanes; Millán, S. Hernández; Avedoy, V. J. Gutiérrez;

Date: 2006

Source: In: Aguirre-Bravo, C.; Pellicane, Patrick J.; Burns, Denver P.; and Draggan, Sidney, Eds. 2006. Monitoring Science and Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere Proceedings RMRS-P-42CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 681-690

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Description: The National Atmospheric Monitoring Program (Programa Nacional de Monitoreo Atmosférico - PNMA) is the answer to one of the main priorities of Mexico’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) for its linkage to other sectors of the administration. Under a transversal scheme, this program proposes to create links with the various municipalities and Mexican States that currently have air quality monitoring systems, as well as with other branches of the Federal Government, in order to promote programs to inform and create awareness in the population, establish financing schemes and support local monitoring efforts, by strengthening their institutions and providing procedures, among others. Its main objective is to Establish an air quality monitoring program to guarantee adequate diagnostic and surveillance of air quality at the national level; to generate information that is real, valid, and comparable among the different sites and air quality networks in the Country which would serve as a foundation for the design and establishment of environmental policy for the protection of the health of the population and the well-being of ecosystems. This program is divided in three different stages with specific objectives, which upon implementation will serve as basis for the following stage. The first stage is the analysis and development of tools, where PNMA’s main task is to produce a diagnosis of the current state of the air quality monitoring networks in the Country, and of the laws, institutions, and financial mechanisms that support them. Also, this stage focuses on the development of tools and/or procedures that will guide air quality monitoring practices at the national level, in order to guarantee quality systems and comparability of data. The second stage is the establishment of strategies for identifying the sites where it is a priority to instrument air quality monitoring programs. These strategies include the identification criteria, the launch of awareness and information campaigns, and the implementation of the various states’ monitoring plans. Finally, the third stage, where the tools and strategies are applied to: monitor air quality in priority sites; obtain the homologation of monitoring practices; establish quality assurance and control programs which guarantee the veracity of the data generated by these air monitoring systems; and to set up national surveillance programs through audits. Last, this stage would help create a proposal for a Second National Atmospheric Program that would include countrywide multi-pollutant and toxic pollutants’ monitoring networks in areas where the existence of these pollutants is suspected.

Keywords: monitoring, assessment, sustainability, Western Hemisphere, sustainable management, ecosystem resources, National Atmospheric Monitoring Program, air quality monitoring systems

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Bolívar, A. P. Martínez; Ávila, J. Zaragoza; Arriaga, O. Fentanes; Millán, S. Hernández; Avedoy, V. J. Gutiérrez 2006. General Direction of the National Center for Environmental Research and Training (Cenica). In: Aguirre-Bravo, C.; Pellicane, Patrick J.; Burns, Denver P.; and Draggan, Sidney, Eds. 2006. Monitoring Science and Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere Proceedings RMRS-P-42CD. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 681-690

 


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