MANILA, 20 December 2005 - The Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) is pleased to announce the launch of the Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) program, which will start in the first quarter of 2006 and will run until the end of 2008. SUMA will assist Asian cities and countries in accelerating progress towards their air pollution reduction and sustainable urban transport goals and activities by better integrating air quality management (AQM) policies with sustainable urban transport (SUT).
With funding of over US$5 million, SUMA is the largest grant that CAI-Asia has received so far. This will enable CAI-Asia to become a grant-maker, which will not only exert a positive influence in policy development for SUT at the local, national and regional levels, but will also help raise investments in developing countries in urban air quality management and sustainable urban transport.
The new SUMA program is made possible through the generous support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and several partner organizations, namely: the WRI's Center for Transport and Environment (EMBARQ); Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE); Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP); Sustainable Urban Transport Program (SUTP) of GTZ; and the Environmentally Sustainable Transport Program of United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). These are organizations with an established track record in sustainable urban transport and have a regional presence in Asia; they are expected to contribute to the program either in cash or in kind.
SUMA will work with Asian countries and cities to strengthen the formulation and implementation of SUT policies, specifically in (i) improving urban air quality by adopting AQM planning in sustainable transport policies, (ii) improving road safety by encouraging non-motorized transport, and (iii) reducing transport's contribution to climate change by adopting a co-benefits approach with urban AQM.
The SUMA program builds on the work of the Partnership for Sustainable Urban Transport in Asia (PSUTA) Project which was a joint project between ADB, CAI-Asia, the World Resources Institute Center for Transport and Environment (EMBARQ-WRI). The PSUTA Project also received funding from Sida.
SUMA will give importance to local action. It will identify concrete projects to control air pollution, strengthen sustainable transport activities by formulating project concept papers, and undertake feasibility studies. The SUMA program will be accepting project proposals not only from megacities but also from secondary cities in Asia. CAI-Asia will develop a large number of activities in coordination with its local networks in Indonesia, China, Pakistan, Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam as part of the SUMA program.
The program will have six main result areas: (i) AQM knowledge management system institutionalized at the regional, national and local levels in Asia; (ii) capacity for AQM and SUT enhanced; (iii) networking for AQM and SUT strengthened at the regional, national and local levels; (iv) policies for AQM and SUT developed at regional, national and local level; (v) increased number and strengthened implementation of AQM and SUT activities in developing countries and development agencies, and (vi) program coordination, monitoring and evaluation established.
An important objective of the program will be the identification and formulation of investment programs and projects. While the actual financing of these large scale investment projects falls outside the scope of this program, CAI-Asia and other partners in the program will work actively with multilateral lending organizations that are members of CAI-Asia (ADB and World Bank) or those that are regularly cooperate (Japan Bank for International Cooperation and European Union) to promote the inclusion of programs and projects developed under the program into the pipelines of these organizations.
Mr. Cornie Huizenga
Head of the CAI-Asia Secretariat
Tel: (+63 2) 632 5047
Email: [email protected]