SAAQIS is intended meet the following Air Quality (AQ) objectives:
The Information Management Objective
By 2010 and beyond, there are measurable improvements in South African ambient air quality as a result of, among others, air quality management interventions that are fully informed by accurate, current, relevant, complete and accessible information.
The SAAQIS Objective
By 2010 and beyond, a national air quality information system is in place that provides accurate, current, relevant, complete and accessible information for informed decision-making that goes beyond compliance with national and international information management requirements and commitments.
The SAAQIS Vision
The SAAQIS ultimately aims to provide:
A one-stop site for users to get an overview of what air and atmospheric quality information exists.
Centralised, verified applications for practical implementation of the Air Quality Act to facilitate compliance with norms and standards by the different stakeholders.
Vertical integration of the 3 spheres of government - national, provisional and local with regard to air quality information.
Flexible technological solutions allowing for utilisation of various current and future air quality management solutions for different stakeholders.
The SAAQIS is in development. The Phase I project is currently underway.
SAAQIS Development Phases
The development of SAAQIS will be phased as follows:
Phase 1 - Establish framework, core AQ ambient modules and scientific resource library
Phase 2 - Establish complete AQ ambient modules and public access national website solution
Phase 3 - Roll-out of Phase 1 & 2 outputs to all national stakeholders
Phase 4 - Establish core emission modules, EIA library and permits archive
Phase 5 - Establish complete emission modules and International reporting module as well as the media archive
Phase 1 Project Details
The overall objective of the project is framed as that for the entire SAAQIS:
The SAAQIS provides all stakeholders with easy access to all relevant information about air quality in South Africa and further provides different stakeholders with different useful on-line applications to support effective and efficient management of the air quality
The project is divided into three immediate objectives: