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ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities


The ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC), chaired by Singapore and comprises all ASEAN member countries, was formed in June 2003 to drive the initiative on Environmentally Sustainable Cities in ASEAN.

Air Quality Management Activities under ESC

A Framework for Environmentally Sustainable Cities in ASEAN – Clean Air, comprising a set of comprehensive policies, strategies and programmes/activities, has been developed to offer implementation approaches through a set of best practices based on the lessons and experiences of ASEAN member countries.

The AWGESC will organize a seminar to familiarize the participating cities with the Framework, as well as help them identify capacity needs and technical assistance they require to implement the Framework.

A list of best practices in air quality management within and beyond the region will be compiled. The information will be made available to all city mayors and officials on a website.

The AWGESC also plans to organize a series of workshops on Clean Air to provide technical assistance to ASEAN city managers in developing their masterplans and incorporate relevant best practices in their respective cities to address specific areas of concern.

Training courses on air quality management will also be conducted to help ASEAN city managers develop the expertise to implement their masterplans.


[x ] Air quality monitoring
[x ] Air quality management
[x ] Stationary sources of air pollution
[x ] Mobile sources of air pollution

  1. Brunei Darussalam
  2. Cambodia
  3. Indonesia
  4. Lao PDR
  5. Malaysia
  6. Myanmar
  7. Philippines
  8. Singapore
  9. Thailand
  10. Viet Nam
  1. Develop performance and sustainability indicators on Clean Air for ASEAN
  2. Workshops on Clean Air
  3. Training on air quality management
  4. Compile list of best practices on air quality management

The ESC initiative is still in its initial stage. The AWGESC has planned a series of activities, which include workshops on Clean Air and training courses on air quality management and/or study visits to cities that have successfully implemented good urban environmental management practices in air management. Projects/programmes will then be identified and carried out by individual ASEAN participating cities, together with relevant partners and international organisations.


Joseph Hui
Head, Planning and Development Department, National Environment Agency, Singapore
Tel: (65) 67319619
Fax: (65) 67319922
Email: [email protected]

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