Cambodia Drafting Legal Document on Air Quality

The Ministry of Environment has been working with other relevant ministries and institutions to review the draft circular and action plan on prevention and reduction of public air pollution.

According to the ministry's news release, the ministry organised here yesterday an inter-ministerial meeting to review the draft circular under the chairmanship of its Secretary of State H.E. Sao Sopheap with 70 participants who are senior officials from the Ministry of Environment and other ministries concerned as well as provincial governors and deputy governors in attendance.

Air pollution in Cambodia has not been an alarming issue yet, but the Royal Government has usually followed the issue closely.

Early this year, some parts of the ASEAN region, especially Bangkok and Hanoi, were reported to face with bad air quality, but the air quality in Cambodia, especially in Phnom Penh, has remained good so far.

The ministry's experts monitor and evaluate the air quality every 24 hours and their report is released publicly and regularly.

Air Quality Index stipulates air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk if the PM2.5, atmospheric particulate matter that has a diametre of less than 2.5 micrometres, is between 0-50. However, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution between 51-100.

It becomes more dangerous if the quality scale moves to between 101-150 as people with greater sensitivity can experience health impacts. In case of air quality worsen to 151-200, the condition is unhealthy, and human can start to feel it and for some people they might get ill.

According to the ministry's announcement, on June 26, 2019, PM 2.5 average rate in Phnom Penh was 10.18 g/m3.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press