Fernando is a researcher in charge of the Chacaltaya GAW Station that was equipped in November 2011 to measure gases concentrations, aerosols physical and chemical properties on a continuous basis. It is managed by the Laboratory for Atmospheric Physics (LFA) as part of an international scientific consortium.

Seventeen low-cost sensors have been strategically deployed across La Paz to provide a more comprehensive understanding of air quality levels in various areas. Out of these, twelve are specifically dedicated to monitoring particulate matter (PM) levels, while the remaining sensors are tasked with monitoring other gases, including carbon monoxide, ozone, and sulfur dioxide. The data collected from these sensors is aimed to fulfil two purposes: it supports government initiatives and provide the people with data so that they can make informed decisions.

The installation of a reference-grade monitor will enhance our air quality monitoring efforts and enable the execution of seasonal colocation studies. These studies are essential for improving the accuracy of sensors before deployment. The data and information obtained from these studies can be shared with the wider community, serving various purposes, including keeping citizens informed, contributing to policy-level decision-making, and supporting research initiatives. To achieve this, we will need to build capacities within our team and organize workshops for the benefit of citizens. These steps are critical in bridging the gap between data collection and meaningful policy actions.

Country Profile (Bolivia): Opportunity Score 11.8 (High): Annual average PM2.5 levels are more than 5 times the WHO Guideline. There is no public PM2.5 data produced by the government, nor is there a national ambient air quality standard for PM2.5.