The government says it is important to establish air pollution inventories in African countries in order to measure the impact on air quality and climate.

African governments are not pursuing comprehensive air monitoring projects as they lack cooperation on air pollution challenges as seen in other developed countries.

Speaking during the handover of air monitoring equipment in Harare, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Ambassador Grace Mutandiro said air pollution is one of the most challenging problems the world over as it has effects on human health, environment, climate and ecology.

In his acceptance speech, Environmental Management Agency (EMA) Director General, Mr Aaron Chigona said the equipment will help them to have refined atmospheric air pollution data and promised the nation to put the equipment to good use.

Zimbabwe is one of the 22 countries under Raf7017, an African regional project on air quality management.