Ilia State University in cooperation with international partners from Italy and USA establishes atmospheric chemical air pollution monitoring and reporting systems within the framework of NATO Science for Peace and Security Program
Ilia State University, within the framework of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program, in collaboration with the Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy), the consortium CISNA (Italy) and the University of Purdue (USA), communicates and manages public safety and tackle Network for Alerting and Managing Public Safety and Resilience - REACT project.
The aim of the project is to establish an atmospheric air monitoring, alarm system in case of a terrorist or other type of attack, as well as to develop response protocols in case of air pollution with particularly dangerous chemical agents.
Within the framework of the project, a three-day working meeting was held at the American Studies Center (Rome, Italy), in which a Georgian delegation participated.
The Georgian delegation included the Emergency Management Agency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, the head of the Division of CBRN Incidents Response of the Emergency Management Agency – Malkhaz Lagurashvili.
The three-day working meeting was also attended by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Italy Konstantine Surguladze.
The REACT project is of great importance for Georgia, as it provides the country with additional opportunities to monitor chemical air pollution. Also, the instant alarm platform that will be created within the frames of the project will allow us to respond immediately.
,,As a representative of Ilia State University, I take an additional pride in implementing the project locally at ISU from the Georgian side, ”- said Ketevan Kupatadze, a professor at Ilia State University and an institutional coordinator of the project.
,,The installation of chemical safety sensors across the country will play a major role in preventing the spread of hazardous chemicals that will allow us to respond in a timely and effective manner during a possible emergency situation" - said - Malkhaz Lagurashvili, the head of the Division of CBRN Incidents Response of the Emergency Management Agency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The REACT project is funded by NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) program, a dialogue and cooperation mechanism between NATO and its Partner countries that aims to cooperate in civil science and innovation in line with NATO's strategic objectives.