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Promotion of AQM strategies

The increased focus of CAI-Asia on strengthening the local networks, capacity building and regional dialogues is expected to have a positive impact on the development of national and local air quality management strategies. As in the first phase from 2001 – 2004 CAI-Asia will not take a direct responsibility for the formulation of such strategies but will continue to encourage its institutional members to formulate, implement and review such strategies. CAI-Asia will continue to document the strategies and invite CAI-Asia members to share the strategies at events like BAQ, or in meetings of various regional forums and programs that CAI-Asia is cooperating with. CAI-Asia will undertake activities to promote that national AQM strategies increasingly address priority areas such as preventive approaches to the reduction of air pollution and the integration of transboundary air pollution and the adoption of a co-benefits approach. The co-benefits approach integrates climate change mitigation and urban air quality management.

Performance Indicators Remarks
Priority policy dialogues to be conducted in selected countries Dialogues to be conducted by teams of 3-4 persons (CAI-Asia Secretariat, ADB, WB, others). Dialogues to be prepared by CAI-Asia Secretariat and conducted in cooperation with national networks (where available)
Performance Indicators Remarks
Promote the documentation of ongoing and planned AQM-related activities This in cooperation with the local networks and documented on the CAI-Asia website
Promote city-focused stakeholder meetings Where possible to be done in cooperation with ongoing air quality management programs and projects
Promote formulation and implementation of city-based air quality goals and activities
Perfomance Indicators Remarks
BAQ commitments documented on CAI-Asia website Participants from different Asian countries were asked in a networking session in BAQ 2004 to discuss the follow-up to BAQ 2004 in their own country. CAI-Asia Secretariat will undertake activities to promote the follow-up of commitments.
Demand-driven assistance to be arranged by CAI-Asia Secretariat
Participatory monitoring of commitments by CAI-Asia Secretariat and BAQ participants
Performance Indicator Remarks
Document and disseminate information on transboundary air pollution in Asia and its linkage to urban air quality management This could include a scientific meeting on transboundary air pollution in Asia, tentatively planned for November 2005 and jointly organized by Manila Observatory and CAI-Asia
Local and national policies and action plans take account of transboundary air pollution to local air pollution
Contribute to efforts by UNEP and other intergovernmental bodies to develop regional approaches and agreements to reduce transboundary air pollution The understanding between CAI-Asia and UNEP is that CAI-Asia will focus on urban air quality management while UNEP takes the lead on intergovernmental discussions on transboundary air pollution.
Performance Indicator Remarks
Document and disseminate the science on the linkage between climate change and urban air pollution This covers both GHG and PM10.
Document and disseminate technology options for climate change mitigation and reduction of urban air pollution
Promote use of GEF small grants program as "seed" funding for local networks to carry out co-benefits action planning and/or co-benefits pilot projects Study potential availability of capacity building funds, enabling activity funds for the same purpose. Study possibility of bundling two or three small grants into one
Information broker on medium-size and full-scale GEF funding (on sustainable urban transport) To encourage CAI-Asia members to submit and implement proposals. Need to work actively with ADB, World Bank and other development agencies
Explore CDM application in the transport sector For example, in support of BRT

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Country Synthesis Reports
(17 countries + 1 city)

CAI-Asia Center Programs

Capacity Building
DIESEL (completed)
PSUTA (completed)

Better Air Quality Workshops

BAQ 2006, BAQ 2004, BAQ 2003, BAQ 2002

Secretariat: The World Bank & Asian Development Bank