July 12, Manila - The Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center has signed a US $2 million letter of agreement (LoA) with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) , paving the way for improved air quality management and sustainable urban transport in Asia.
The LoA authorizes the CAI-Asia Center to act as the lead implementing agency for the Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) program, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for implementation of ADB's technical assistance for Rolling Out Better Air Quality in Asia.
The focus of the SUMA program is on (i) improving urban air quality, (ii) improving road safety, and (iii) reducing transport’s contribution to climate change. This will be accomplished primarily through the assistance to Asian countries and cities to strengthen the formulation and implementation of sustainable transport policies.
The LoA will allow the CAI-Asia Center to enter into sub-grant agreements with SUMA partner organizations, namely,
- EMBARQ-World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transportation;
- German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP);
- Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP);
- Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE); and
- United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD);
ADB has been hosting the CAI-Asia secretariat since 2001. In June this year, the CAI-Asia Center was incorporated as an independent NGO, and would serve as the secretariat of the newly created CAI-Asia Partnership. As an independent organization, the CAI-Asia Center will be able to take more proactive efforts in facilitating and strengthening the air quality management (AQM) agenda at the local, national, and regional levels. The CAI-Asia Center has entered into a Letter of Intent with the ADB which provides a framework for coordination and cooperation between the two organizations.
"We are delighted to be able to continue our relationship with ADB, also after our incorporation as an independent organization. We are confident that our partnership in the implementation of the SUMA project will be beneficial to both organizations," says Cornie Huizenga, the Interim Executive Director of the CAI-Asia Center.
For more information on the SUMA project contact Herbert Fabian ([email protected])
For more information about the CAI-Asia Center please contact Cornie Huizenga ([email protected])
See also http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/center and http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/partnership