On February 6, 2018, the equipment for the collection of suspended particulate matter present in the air, of the MCV brand, was installed as planned in the ECOMARPORT project of the Interreg-MAC 2014-2020 programme for the control of air quality.
This project envisages the implementation of an environmental and marine observation network in the Macaronesian ports, where the participation of our group will contribute to the monitoring of parameters relative to the air quality, according to European norms.
These air samplers, installed on the roofterrace of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, will allow to carry out, in a continuous and autonomous way, a control of the parameters of indicators of interest. Thus, the activities envisaged during the project will be:
-The daily determination of total particles.
-The determination of particle fractions of 2.5 micrometers (PM2,5) y 10 micrometers (PM10).
This week was the closure of MARPOCS, a project co-financed by the European Union within the framework of the DG-ECHO “Civil protection mechanism”, which main aim is to reinforce cross-border strategies to tackle marine pollution by harmful and potentially dangerous substances (SNP) and, in particular, by hydrocarbons and chemical discharges.
MARPOCS, which began in January 2016, promoted a common operational framework, with cutting-edge tools for model-based decision-making, and exercises for SNP and hydrocarbon spills, adapted to the region and supported by the cooperation in the region and the training of local, regional and international authorities.
Among the activities carried out in the framework of this project, we stress on the following:
* The definition of operative and tactical detection systems based on models, supported by a system of modeling crude oil spills and harmful and dangerous substances using new and improved systems of high resolution meteorological and oceanic prediction.
* Automatic prediction of spill behavior detected by automatic maritime surveillance Services (detection of oil spills by satellite).
* Training sessions, courses and practical demonstrations, with special emphasis on emergency preparedness or response scenarios involving several nations.
* Multidisciplinary evaluation of the typical and dynamic coastal risk in the area of interest, the effect of identifying “hot spots”, improve the management of response resources and allow real-time monitoring of the coast.
On Thursday 14th December a working day took place between the partners of the EcoTour project. We gathered at the Centre for Information and Communication Technologies for Tourism Innovation (CDTIC Tourism Innovation), a plenary meeting was held with the participation of representatives of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC, in particular with the research groups of Integrative biology and biological resources -BIRB- and Technologies, management and environmental geochemistry -TGBA-), the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands (ITC-Agua), the network of work for the management Sustainable marine resources of the West African eco-region (AFRIMAR), the National Directorate of Environment of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment of Mauritania, the Regional Tourism Association of the Azores (ART), the Mauritanian Tourism Federation (FT) and the Regional Partnership for Marine and Coastal Conservation in West Africa (PRCM), in addition to participation in coordination by the Cabildo of Gran Canaria (and especially the biosphere Reserve) and the Marine Science Technology Centre (CETECIMA ).
This plenary meeting analyzed the state of execution of the project, validating the completed documents and revising the methodologies for the next tasks to be developed by each of the partner entities. The definition of the concept of ecotourism was one of the points to continue working, being necessary to determine the indicators that represent in the different fields (economic, social and environmental) and the limitations so that an activity is considered such. In the meantime, research work has begun in each of the study areas, with the preliminary results of what will form the “Basic Information”: Analysis of the natural potential, historical and cultural value of the zones, map of uses and activities, list of companies operating in each area, etc. With this information, the next steps lead to the evaluation of the compatibility of the uses and the load capacity and acceptable limit of change for the case studies.