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Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2008
was held in Bangkok, Thailand
12-14 November 2008

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Bangladesh - Local Network Commitments
from Better Air Quality 2004 country networking session. Stakeholders from Bangladesh met in Agra, India during a local networking session of BAQ 2004 to discuss feasible actions to improve air quality. The session -- which was chaired by Nooruddin Ahmed -- resulted in specific commitments to be implemented over the next two years.

  • Reduction of sulfur in diesel
  • More dedicated CNG buses
  • PM10 to be reduced
  • Better and efficient solid waste management
  • Construction sites to be regulated
  • Minibus or smaller vehicles to be discouraged
  • Restrict manual rickshaws on secondary roads only
  • Unpaved part of roads either to be paved or made green
  • Inspection and maintenance
  • Public opinion - mobilization
  • Media /political commitment of government
  • Policy decision after discussion with stakeholders

MPs, media NGOs, BRTA, DOE

  • GEF (UNEP)
  • EU funding
  1. Shahana Akhter, Department of Environment
  2. Amjad Uddin Ahmed, Dhaka Transport Coordination Board
  3. Shamsuddin Ahmed, ADB
  4. Akhtar Hossain Babu, Society for Urban Environmental Protection
  5. Bilkis Begum, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission
  6. Zhohir Chowdhury, University of California
  7. Ajuy Deshnukh
  8. Derek Langgons, SMEC International
  9. M. Nasimul Islam
  10. M. Abdur Rab, Dhaka Transport Coordination Board
  11. Dieter Schwela, European Commission Joint Research Centre
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