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Partnership for Sustainable Urban Transport in Asia (PSUTA)

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Partnershipfor Sustainable Urban Transport in Asia (PSUTA)

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The Partnershipfor Sustainable Urban Transport in Asia (PSUTA), outlined in a Letter of Agreement between ADB and WRI, calls upon EMBARQ, the World Resources Institute (WRI) Center for Transport and the Environment (www.embarq.wri.org), to review existing experiences and capacities on sustainable transport in Asia, draw up a set of key indicators for three cities in Asia, and develop a strategic framework that cities throughout the region can use to develop medium-term sustainable transport strategies. Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), PSUTA is an important part of the Business Plan of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities for 2004 ( http://cleanair.org/caiasia ). Very few cities in Asia have been able to formulate policies based on a true reflection of the economic costs of air pollution and congestion, and one of the objectives of this project is to develop a set of quantitative indicators for sustainable transport most appropriate for the current situation in Asian cities.

EMBARQ will conduct case studies in three representative cities across Asia, the first two being Hanoi, Vietnam and Xian, China. Discussions with candidates for the third one are ongoing. The project involves the development of key indicators of sustainable urban transport throughout Asia. Emphasizing a quantitative analysis of factors affecting access to transportation, traffic safety and air quality, these indicators will be the foundation of the city case studies. The case studies will consist of a critical review of baseline data as well as recommendations on the institutional arrangements and organizational and technological capacity necessary for sustainable urban transport planning in each city. It is expected that this partnership will put forward a strategic framework to help cities throughout the region develop an integrated sustainable transport plan for their particular transport situation.

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  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • EMBARQ, the World Resources Institute Center for Transport and the Environment
  • Department of Natural Resources, Environment and Housing (DoNREH) - Hanoi
  • Hanoi Transport Development Strategies Institute (TDSI)
  • Urban and Rural Construction Commission and Changan University - Xi’an
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  • Xi'an, China
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Pune, India
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March 2004

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March 2005

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  • Document sustainable transport planning in Asian cities.
  • Build a sustainable transport indicator set for Xi'an, Hanoi and Pune. Report for each of the three cities on how to produce a sustainable urban transport plan and policy structure.
  • Internal review and capacity building meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam for the participating cities.
  • Workshop to develop "Strategic Framework for Sustainable Urban Transport in Asia."
  • Presentation of PSUTA results at the Clean Air Initiative Asia’s "Better Air Quality 2004" (BAQ 2004) in Agra 6-8 December, 2004.
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  1. Document sustainable transport efforts in Asian cities on
    www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia - ongoing, first launch 30 August 2004.
  2. City partnerships :
    Stage a:
    Agree on set of key indicators of sustainable urban transport that can guide each city’s planning (15 June 2004 – 15 July 2004).
    Stage b: Each city maps gaps of missing indicators with the help of transport experts (mentor) (15 July 2004 – 27 August 2004).
    Stage c: Each city maps strategy for filling the gaps (15 July 2004 - 27 August 2004).
    Stage d: Each city produces a short report for policy makers regarding the creation of a sustainable transport plan and policy structure.
    Stage e: Present city results, share experience and discuss approach at "Better Air Quality 2004."
  3. Develop strategic framework for sustainable transport useable in wide range of Asian cities. First discussion at Hanoi workshop in early September; formal draft presented at BAQ 2004.
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Dr. Lee Schipper
Director of Research, EMBARQ, World Resources Institute
[email protected]

Mr. Cornie Huizenga
Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia)
Asian Development Bank
[email protected]

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Original Proposal to SIDAOriginal Proposal to SIDA
[.doc, 162.3Kb]

27 November 2003



Sustainable Transport in Asian Cities: Indicators of Sustainable TransportSustainable Transport in Asian Cities: Indicators of Sustainable Transport
[.ppt, 492.5Kb]

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US$525,000
PSUTA is supported by ADB (through a grant of SIDA) and EMBARQ.

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