Environmental monitoring is a system of planned long-term systematic observations over the environment, evaluation of its state, analysis and forecast of its changes due the impact of natural and man-caused factors.
Environmental monitoring is being conducted under the National Environmental Monitoring System (NEMS) established in 1993.
Now NEMS includes 11 independent environmental monitoring types based on the same principles:
NEMS has an information system that ensures information exchange between all the monitoring types, analysis and generalization of information about the state of the environment and forecast of its changes due to natural and man-caused factors as well as its provision to governmental agencies, entities and individuals and international organizations in accordance with international agreements.
The main purpose of the Republican Centre for Analytical Control is implementation of the state policy on environmental protection by fulfilling the following tasks:
To provide information about methodological base used for environmental measurements the Republic Centre for Analytical Control keeps record of measuring methods, state standards of the Republic of Belarus and interstate standards applied during measuring indexes of composition and properties environmental elements (air, precipitation, surface and underground waters, soil, bottom sediments) as well as natural and man-made elements (sewage, waste).