Fuel Quality Strategy
The Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) in pursuit of its goals to facilitate, promote and strengthen capacity building efforts on Air Quality Management implemented a training program on fuel quality strategy.
Australian Department of Environment and Heritage provided financial support for the program in the context of Australia’s participation in the "Global Partnership for Cleaner Fuels" announced at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, South Africa in August 2002. The International Fuel Quality Center (IFQC), in addition to its role as a consultant to the program also provided in kind assistance.
CATNet-Asia (to be updated)
In 2003, an agreement was finalized establishing secretariat capacity for CATNet-Asia in the Pollution Control Department in Bangkok, Thailand with support from US-AEP/USAID channeled through United States Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA). In 2003, three training courses on Air Quality Management-related topics were developed by CATNet-Asia members. The first course is "Basic Air Quality Management," which was developed based on the Urban Air Quality Management-Distance Learning course from the World Bank. This course has been developed and was successfully delivered in the Philippines. The second course is "Air Pollution Control Technology," which was developed in Indonesia based on a related course from the Air Pollution Training Institute of the US-EPA. The last course is "Air Quality Monitoring QA/QC," which is developed by Asia Institute of Technology. However, these two courses have not yet been delivered.
In addition, some of the CATNet-Asia member countries participated in three training courses ("Inspection of Particle Control Devices", "Inspection Procedures and Safety", and "Inspection of Gas Control Devices and Selected Industries"), provided by TAPCE (Training Air Pollution Center of Excellence in Thailand) in March 2003. Finally, CATNet-Asia was represented in the training course, "Source Apportionment" from US-EPA, offered in Pune, India, in September 2003. CAI-Asia is also working with US-EPA on capacity building through the development of a number of training courses, which, after they have been developed for use in Pune, India, can be used in other parts of India and Asia.
A South-South exchange program will endeavor to sponsor at least 8 exchange visits in 2004.
The Distance Learning Course is coordinated by the World Bank Institute. The training materials for the Distance Learning course were completed in 2003. A "Train the Trainers" course was delivered in June 2003 in Thailand. The delivery of the first CAI-Asia Distance Learning (DL) Course on air quality management in the Philippines ran from September to November 2003. In addition, preparations are underway for the delivery of DL course in China through Tsinghua University. Initial proposals to deliver the DL course have also been requested from Vietnam, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Other Capacity Building Initiatives
The CAI-Asia Secretariat reached out to some of the Air Quality Management (AQM) projects in Asia to ensure a more broad-based dialogue on air quality training.