Establishment of Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities-China Project
The China State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) and CAI-Asia agreed to establish a local CAI-Asia network in PRC. The CAI-Asia China Project was formally started in July 2005 to help establish this network and a secretariat and to help in implementing AQM-related activities in China. The Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) China Project held its first Steering Committee meeting on 15 July 2005 in Beijing, China. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Wang Xin of the China State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) and Mr. Kong Ha, Chairman of CAI-Asia.
The CAI-Asia China Project is a joint project of SEPA, Asian Development Bank, and CAI-Asia which is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Energy Foundation, and DEKRA AG. The mission of the Project echoes the mission of CAI-Asia but focuses on selected Chinese cities - "to promote better air quality management in selected Chinese cities."
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The overall goal of the CAI-Asia China Project is: "to promote better air quality management in selected Chinese cities" through improving scientific understanding of air pollution in China and air quality priorities in selected Chinese cities, and strengthening air quality management capacity and governance in the Chinese member cities.
The section below states the efforts which have been accomplished by CAI-Asia China Project from January 2006- April 2007 towards achieving its objectives.
The organizational development is so significant for CAI-Asia China Project that it could mobilize cities within a short period of time and requests from cities can be responded to in a timely fashion.
The following activities were undertaken:
- Review and revision of roles and responsibilities of staff
- Two workshops (2006) which served as avenues for discussions between the China State Environmental Protection Agency and the member cities about air quality issues
- Efforts to establish branch offices in China in support of the activities of the Chinese local network
These are several of the knowledge management products by the China Project Office:
- weekly e-newsletter on China air pollution news;
- China Page on the CAI-Asia website;
- Country Synthesis Report on Urban Air Quality Management in China (an expert’s report not reviewed by SEPA);
Also, a contact database has been created for enhanced information dissemination.
The following capacity building efforts were carried out by CPO:
- conducted a survey on city needs by consulting with SEPA, Tsinghua University, and CRAES, and by city visits
- City needs on AQM training were assessed and the following targeted courses and capacity building activities were designed :
(i) basic AQM training course targeting on the four of the city members identified: Guiyang, Luoyang, Changsha, Urumqi which have less exposure to international knowledge on AQM;
(ii) emission inventory training courses for all the project cities, and;
(iii) support for AQM workshops of World Bank and other development agencies.
- Coordination and invitation of project cities to relevant trainings and workshops
Policy Dialogue and Networking
The CAI-Asia China Project focused on facilitating the process of bringing Chinese and international experts together in the project cities.
The CAI-Asia China Project has become increasingly known to the AQM community in China. In 2006, CPO received quite a lot of invitations to give presentations, or provide comments and advice to the agenda and workshop organization, and be one of the partners of several events.
Implementation and Investments
Several pilot projects were proposed to CPO for consideration:
- sustainable urban transport to encourage the use of public transport and promote non-motorized modes of transport in cities;
- an integrated approach to clean air and clean energy, and;
- environmental impacts of electric bicycles.
Introduction for Work Plan The work plan below describes how CAI-Asia China Project aims to effectively achieve CAI-Asia Center’s goals and objectives in the local perspective in 2008.
The following organizational development activities are to be done in 2008:
- consultation with SEPA for its sponsorship for the representative office of CAI-Asia in China;
- hiring of additional staff, if necessary; adherence to the guidance of the Operations Manual developed by CAI-Asia
The knowledge management activities of the CPO will be managed in a more structured manner and shall focus on:
- Organizing staff inputs to the existing Compendium and to the CAI-Asia Website China Page
- Work closely with CAI-Asia Center to provide policy updates for the Country Synthesis Report
- Apply the CAI-Asia Center Operational Manual in strengthening office procedures.
The capacity building activities of the CPO (until December 2008) will consist of:
- Posting of capacity building materials on the CAI-Asia China webpage;
- Advancing the initial design of the Chinese Improved Training System on Air Quality Management (CITSAM);
- Capacity building activities in China under the SUMA program on sustainable urban transport;
- SUT related capacity building activities are expected to be implemented in collaboration with GEF-WB-China project on "comprehensive sustainable transport strategy";
- Following the approval of the program on co-benefits in China
- Assist in the facilitation of the participation of China in addressing the climate change issue;
- Capacity building activities will be designed for China-based civil society organizations in the field of air quality management
Policy Dialogue and Networking
Networking has been one of the most important on-going activities of the CPO.
The CPO’s networking activities for 2008 will focus on strengthening the relations of the CPO with private sector institutions, as well as with other networks in the fields of air quality management, climate change mitigation, and energy efficiency promotion.
The following policy initiatives are planned for the period November 2007-December 2008:
- Facilitate the participation of China in the second governmental meeting on urban air quality in Asia;
- Development of an integrated air quality management action plan for the western cities in China;
- Promote the co-benefit approach to address climate change, energy efficiency, and urban air quality issues through workshop presentations, capacity building and knowledge management activities;
- Facilitate policy discussions regarding Electronic Vehicles (EV) in China;
- Assist in the facilitation of the participation of China in a policy discussion on the impacts of climate change
- The CPO expects to organize the following regional meetings and workshops in cooperation with CAI-Asian Center from November 2007 up to December 2008:
- Fourth City Networking Event & Key Source Identification and Emission Inventory Development Training Course;
- Two workshops under the regional project on Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS)
- Workshop on PAPA results dissemination
- Development Partners’ Meetings in China,
- Two China cities network events
- Coordination meeting CAI-Asia local networks
- Better Air Quality (BAQ 2008) Workshop
CPO 2006-2007 Activity Report and CPO 2008 Work Plan of CANN
SEPA, as the leading government agency, welcomed CAI-Asia’s efforts to extend its activities to China to support the Chinese government, represented by SEPA, and the six Chinese cities which are currently members of CAI-Asia, in promoting better air quality management. The China Project Office (CPO) has three staff: Mr. Tang Dagang (Senior Project Coordinator), Ms. Yan Peng (Project Coordinator), and Mr. Yue Xin (Air Quality Researcher). The office is housed in the SEPA Vehicle Emission Control Center of the Chinese Research Academy for Environmental Sciences (CRAES) compound and has been in operation since 3 June 2005. A detailed Work Plan, focusing on organizational development and knowledge management, is being finalized with guidance from the Steering Committee. A project mobilization workshop is tentatively scheduled in China at the end of September 2005.
The organizations providing funding to CAI-Asia China Project are ADB, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Hewlett Foundation), Energy Foundation, and DEKRA AG.
The newly established China Project Office (CPO) is the secretariat for CAI-Asia China Project. The CPO will undertake preparatory work and action within the scope of the Work Plan approved by the Steering Committee. It will also be the communication hub among all members to CAI-Asia China network. The staff working in the Secretariat are consultants engaged by ADB and provide support to the Steering Committee.
A Steering Committee, the decision making body for CAI-Asia China Project, has been established comprising of two representatives from SEPA (one from the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office and one from the Pollution Control Department), representatives from the Hewlett Foundation, Energy Foundation, ADB, and CAI-Asia.
The tasks of the Steering Committee include, but are not limited to: (i) approving membership of CAI-Asia/China network; (ii) reviewing and approving the work plan for the CAI-Asia/China network; (iii) overseeing the work of consultants engaged in support of the functioning of the local network; (iv) represent the CAI-Asia/China network in relevant meetings.
An Advisory Committee will be formed in early August 2005 with representatives from different sectors including government, academic institutions, civil society, private sector, and international development agencies. The main function of the Advisory Committee will be to provide recommendations for the Work Plan of the CAI-Asia China Project and to make suggestions on how to improve the functioning of the CAI-Asia China Project.
The activities of the CPO are expected to be in the following categories:
- Knowledge Management (including collection of information on air quality management in China, promoting the exchange of experiences on effective measures among cities and other stakeholders);
- Capacity Building (identifying common priorities for capacity building, development of training activities within the context of the Clean Air Training Network for Asia, a program of CAI-Asia);
- Formulation of integrated air quality management strategies (developing consensus on what constitutes a sound approach to air quality management at the city level following the Strategic Framework for Air Quality Management developed by the Air Pollution in Mega-cities of Asia Project and CAI-Asia as well as the national framework for air quality management established by SEPA);
- Pilot Projects (developing consensus on common problems and on the formulation of pilot approaches to overcome such problems whereby one or two cities implement a pilot approach and share the results with other cities); and
- Resource Mobilization (identifying priorities and associated investments needs).
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Yan PENG (Ms.)
Network & Program Development Specialist
CAI-Asia China Project
Mobile: 86 139 10791221
Email: yan.peng (at) cai-asia (dot) org
Shan HUANG (Ms.)
CAI-Asia China Project
Mobile: 86 134 2624 4966
Email: shan.huang (at) cai-asia (dot) org