The 3rd edition of the Compendium of Air Quality Management Projects and Programs in Asia (2006) aims to foster coordination and cooperation among various organizations and sectors on activities related to air quality management. If you would like your project, program, or study to be included in the next edition, use the following online submission forms:
CAI-Asia created this Compendium to help international and local organizations optimize the use of their resources. The CAI-Asia Center is now in the process of updating the Compendium for 2007. To be part of the compendium, please fill out the applicable survey forms and email them to compendium (at) cai-asia (dot) org. You can submit either Part A, Part B, and/or Part C. (If this is the first time your organization is participating in this survey, we strongly encourage you to full out Part A.)
Economic development in Asia is accompanied by adverse environmental impacts. More evidence is becoming available on the harmful impact of air pollution on public health in Asia and the associated economic and social costs. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the overall number of premature deaths due to ambient air pollution in Asia is about 500,000 per year. The associated economic costs due to premature deaths and other impacts of air pollution run into hundreds of millions of dollars for each Asian mega-city.
Asian countries and cities have started to address air pollution. They, however, in many cases continue to rely on the assistance of international development agencies and non-government organizations to address the challenges of local air pollution, transboundary air pollution, and the increase of greenhouse gases. The development community has responded positively. Proof of this is the more than 20 regional initiatives, programs and organizations working on air quality issues in the Asian region.
The Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) promotes the strengthening of air quality management in Asia by sharing experiences and building partnerships. To promote dialogue among the regional initiatives and programs on AQM, CAI-Asia organized the First Coordination Meeting of Regional Air Quality Management Programs and Initiatives. In support of this coordination process CAI-Asia collected in May – June 2004 information on the regional initiatives in Asia and their air quality projects. The results of the survey have been collated into this first draft of the Compendium of Air Quality Management Projects in Asia (2004).
The Compendium was updated in 2005, and was expanded to cover not only regional projects but also country projects. The new compendium was presented at the 2nd Regional Dialogue of AQM Initiatives and Programs in Asia (12 July 2005, Bangkok).
The 2005 Compendium included programs/projects implemented or funded by national and local organizations. It also included programs/projects that promote co-benefits of local air pollution and climate change mitigation and as well as sustainable mobility related programs and projects.
The 2005 Compendium was being widely disseminated to the CAI-Asia Community. It is the hope of the CAI-Asia Secretariat that the clean air community in Asia will use this document effectively.
In order to assess the usefulness of the Compendium and to compile comments and recommendations to improve future versions from the community, an online survey has been prepared.