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Introduction

The MONET (MONitoring NETworks) programme has been established in 2003. Overall, the programme comprises more than 450 sampling sites on three continents - in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The first MONET network was established in the Czech Republic (MONET CZ) to investigate contamination of ambient air, and later on of other environmental matrices, by toxic chemicals, in particular by persistent organic pollutants (POPs). This network gradually enlarged to other countries around the world by specific continental networks. As of 2015, there are 44 active MONET countries.

Objective of this website is to provide an overview of the development and changes in continental or national monitoring networks, on sampling sites and on range of chemicals that are monitored. This information is provided for each continental network or in a greater detail for each sampling site. Sampling sites are accessible through a map or by browsing the site list of a continental network above the map.

The MONET programme predominantly uses passive techniques described in detail in Sampling Techniques. All monitoring data generated in MONET are available online in the GENASIS data repository, or shown in Reports listed in the Information documents chapter.

The Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX), Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, operates the MONET programme via its core infrastructure facility Trace Analytical Laboratories, in cooperation with the National Centre for Toxic Compounds (a joint establishment of the Masaryk University and the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic) and with the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre (SCRC) both hosted in the RECETOX Centre. More information on the MONET team is also provided in Contact.

The following institutions and projects contributed to or continue supporting the operation of the MONET programme:

  • Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic (by a framework agreement no. CES 8019, on the National Centre for Toxic Compounds, since 2005)
  • United Nations Environment Programme - operation of the MONET Africa network since 2008
  • CETOCOEN project (financed by Operation Programme Research and Development for Innovation programme, 2010-2013)
  • MONETPOP project (TB010MZP057, 2013-2015) by Technology Agency of the Czech Republic in the BETA programme
  • project of the National infrastructure for research of toxic chemicals (LM2011028 and LM2015051, since 2010)

Last but not least, the RECETOX would also like to acknowledge dedication and activities of all partners and cooperating institutions involved in MONET programme in individual countries. All our partners have significantly contributed to the MONET`s success, continuity and sustainability.