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Better Air Quality 2002: Programme

Format and Program

Workshop format and Program are designed in such a manner that they will meet the following criteria:

  1. Overall format and program will encourage active participation by all participants;
  2. There is a clear focus at the pollution faced by cities and the role cities can play in addressing air pollution without neglecting the overall policy and institutional context for air quality management in which cities are situated;
  3. Presentations and discussions in the workshop will have to build on experiences and recommendations from earlier workshops and reports on air quality management and control in the region;
  4. Experiences from outside the region are valuable provided they are related to the regional context;

The format includes the following main components:

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The number and types of participants (over 600) will make it attractive for the private sector to make use of the possibility to exhibit specific technologies, products or services related to monitoring of ambient air quality or to control pollution from mobile or stationary sources of pollution. The exhibition will run for the entire duration of the workshop. There will be two types of exhibitors: (i) major corporate sponsors of BAQ 2002 (i.e. Diamond and Platinum Sponsors) and (ii) workshop organizers."

Opening Session

Head of State Environmental Protection Agency ( SEPA) of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr. Xie Zhenhua and the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Mr. Tung Chee Hwa have been invited to officiate this workshop. In addition, it is planned to invite head of UNEP, Mr. Toepfer, to take part in the inauguration of the workshop. Representatives from each of the co-organizing organizations will also be included in the opening session.


Key Note Addresses

The purpose of the Key Note addresses is to focus the attention of the participants on why it is important to deal with the problem of air pollution, to indicate size of the problem and the implications if no action is taken, the current status of air quality management, technologies and control in the region, and possible lessons that can be drawn from Asian and Pacific Rim region in air quality management and control as well as applications of appropriate technologies. The workshop organizers, through proactive coordination, will try to ensure that the individual Key Note addresses are complimentary rather than overlapping and repetitive.

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To ensure that the program will reflect the different interests of the different types of participants and to be able to create a more small scale environment, which is expected to result in more and better interaction, a substantial part of the overall workshop will be used to conduct 6 sub-workshops. The topics of the workshop are a mix of broad based topics: legislation for air quality management, or institutional arrangements for air quality management, while others are more specific such as control of stationary sources of pollution. The full list of proposed sub-workshops is:

  1. Air Quality Management (planning & implementation)
  2. Air Quality Monitoring (Management, Operation & Data Dissemination)
  3. Control of Stationary Source of Pollution
  4. Motor Vehicle Emission control
  5. Institutional Arrangements for Air Quality Management (legislation, funding, and capacity building)
  6. Climate Changes

It is important that specific objectives and areas of focus for each of these sub-workshops will be developed. Such objectives and areas of focus need to reflect current status with respect to the area covered by the sub-workshop and equally important is that objectives and scope of the sub-workshops specifically take account of the role and position of cities in air quality management. The organizing committee will invite for each of the proposed sub-workshops a duo of renowned experts, one international expert from outside Asia, and one from within Asia, who will be requested to assist in the formulation of the objectives and scope of the individual sub-workshop. In addition, these experts will also be invited to take part in selection and review of presentations to be made in the sub-workshops. To ensure consistency in approach and to avoid too much overlap between sub-workshops the Organizing Committee will take on an active role in coordinating the involvement of the invited experts and their activities.

The program of the sub-workshops is divided over the three days of the workshop and includes the following elements:

  1. Day 1 (13.30 17.00) Introduction to the sub-workshop by two lead experts who will introduce the themes to be addressed by the sub-workshops. In addition a number of presentations will be delivered that have been reviewed by the lead experts to ensure consistency with objectives and scope of the sub-workshops. Participants will be asked before the start of the workshop to select 3 sub-workshops in order of priority in which they would like to take part;
  2. Day 2 (13.30 17.00) Sub-workshops reconvene with same participants as in the afternoon of day 1 to discuss the formulations of recommendations to be presented in the plenary on day 3 and which will become part of the overall recommendations of the workshop. To facilitate the formulation of recommendations and to ensure consistency between groups Organizing Committee will develop format in which recommendations will be presented;
  3. Day 2 (evening) To facilitate the presentation of the recommendations by the individual sub-workshops a smaller group consisting of lead experts, Organizing Committee representatives and volunteers will meet to integrate the recommendations of the individual sub-workshops in one document for presentation to the plenary;
  4. Day 3 (9.00 10.30) Specialized presentations in the form of poster session. Presentations are expected to fit in with one of the sub-workshop themes. This poster session will enable a large number of participants to make a presentation. Workshop participants will be free to attend presentation of their choice. Presenters will be requested to repeat their presentation twice within the one and half hour reserved for the poster session;
  5. Day 3 (10.30 12.00) Presentation and discussion of synthesis of recommendations in the plenary.
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One half day of the workshop will be reserved in which cities will be at the center of all presentations and discussions. This part of the program is planned before the session in which sub-workshops will formulate their recommendations. This is expected to contribute towards a more defined city perspective in the recommendations proposed by the individual sub-workshops.

  1. Do cities know how polluted they are and what the costs are;
  2. How to empower cities to tackle pollution in their own backyard
  3. How to forge effective partnership between national and city level
  4. Innovative approaches at city level in Asia and Pacific Rim areas

It is expected that about 6 city presentations can be made in this section2. Careful selection of presentations will be made to reflect diversity in the region in terms of geography and nature of air quality problems experienced. The emphasis will be however on selecting cities which have demonstrated leadership and that have been able to institutionalize air quality measures that have produced clear improvements in air quality.

The last part of the city focus will be a moderated forum discussion in which a number of mayors and other senior decision makers at city level will be invited to discuss their experiences in improving air quality management and to answer questions from workshop participants.

Workshop Closure

In addition to the normal votes of thanks two special speakers will be invited to deliver the closing address. This will be a senior person who has demonstrated keen interest in the issue of air quality management. This could be the Director of Environmental Protection, HKEPD and head of World Business Council on Sustainable Development or equivalent private sector body should be invited to address the closing ceremony.


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