State of health Emergency in Morocco: “Noticeable” Improvement in Air Quality, Says the Ministry of the Environment

Significant” reduction rates of air pollution and a ” noticeable” improvement in air quality are recorded in Morocco during the state of health emergency marked mainly by the reduction of road and air traffic and a decline in several industrial activities, says the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment.

Indeed, the first results of a preliminary assessment of air quality, developed by the Department of Environment and the Directorate of National Meteorology (MND), based on data from an air quality monitoring station in the city of Marrakech for the period from November 2019 to April 08, 2020, reported a decrease of 55% for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), 70% for monoxide (CO) and 67% for suspended particulates, the Environment Department said in a statement.

In this regard, a detailed assessment of air quality is launched by the Environment Department, in collaboration with the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and the National Meteorological Directorate with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Morocco, the same source adds.

This assessment, based on the analysis of data from air quality monitoring stations before, during and after the health emergency, will enable a critical analysis to be made, lessons to be learned and recommendations to be made, the press release concludes. 

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