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Minutes Of The Meeting Of The Steering Comitte


Bearing in mind:

  • The high level of participants at the Clean Air Workshop in Lima/Callao, including 1995 Nobel Laureate in Atmospheric Chemistry and MIT professor Dr. Mario Molina and representatives from the Universities of Harvard, California and Colorado and the EPA, among other internationally recognized institutions.
  • The limitation of the Workshop’s thematic areas to the Lines of Action set out in the CAI Work Plan approved in June 2002 in Sao Paulo.
  • The structuring of the above mentioned Lines of Action into programs.
  • The fulfillment of the goals established at the June 2002 meeting in Sao Paulo.
  • The progress made and challenges awaiting each of the member cities.

The members of the Steering Committee (SC) addressed different elements that will allow for greater complementarity among tasks and more effective allocation of resources for future activities.

At the opening of the meeting, World Bank representative John Redwood highlighted the new orientation of the Initiative’s work at this stage, with the Bank assuming a supportive role for the priorities established under the leadership of the current presidency of the Initiative. These priorities have led to a clarification of the needs of member cities and facilitated placement of resources into programs and actions with crosscutting benefits. During this phase, the Bank will continue to exercise its role as Technical Secretariat, as provided for in the rules of operation of the program.

Chronological Summary of the Steering Committee Meeting and Main Conclusions

  • ·Jorge Caceres initiated the session, presenting the advances made as a result of CAI activities carried out from June 2002 to the present.
  • A series of presentations followed, in which city representatives, Steering Committee members and special guests spoke on the progress achieved in member cities and through specific activities (i.e. Walsh presented an update on Info-Pool) At this time, Mr. Manfred Breithaupt, representative of GTZ, unveiled the latest version of INFO-Pool before its official launching, in order to receive feedback from SC members.
  • A financial report on CAI resources was given, which indicated those activities for which financing has been pledged, and those that are to be supported in the near future. These include:
  1. Support for the updating of the CAI web site, and the importance of using it as a communication platform, structured around discussion forums on specific issues that are in line with the CAI’s priority Programs.
  2. Organization of a seminar complementing the annual meeting of the PCF in Santiago in June 2003;
  3. Additional support for the French Consortium in Rio de Janeiro (possibly through an emissions inventory)
  4. Scheduling of the next Workshop with a possible technology fair, as well as the SC meeting in Rio de Janeiro (tentatively in October or November 2003);
  5. Support for the city of Bogota in specific actions aimed at developing emission factors, and for its efforts to develop CDM proposals.
  6. Translation and Expansion of Info-pool;

Additionally, CAI support for the following areas was discussed:

1) Creation of Working Groups for the following priority areas:

a. Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance

b. Transport, Vehicles and Fuels

c. Health

d. Emissions Inventory

Participants addressed the need for linking the working groups through the website in order to provide information on the different actions undertaken, and to serve as a virtual library and reference point for the involvement of new members. It was agreed that the proposed working groups would each have a thematic coordinator (the CAI can provide financial support for these) who would coordinate the web site discussion forum in the respective thematic area.

2) Development of Tools for Dissemination of the CAI, in order to attract new funds for continuing the Programs, with emphasis on: financing the web site, translation of Info-Pool, generation of documents to publicize the Initiative, and funding for publicity in the mass media or in other instances such as complementary technology fairs held concurrently with the Workshops;

3) The allocation of resources to the Emissions Inventory Development Program, especially for mobile sources, complementing the work of ARPEL, with resources directed towards application of the University of California’s IVE model in cities that do not currently have financing available for this purpose. In this way, member cities would have access to strategic information that is built around a common methodology.

4) Creating opportunities for linking the different GEF-financed sustainable transport projects in CAI member cities, in order to compare the different proposals;

5) Financing a proposal for mapping the CAI’s sustainability beyond April 2004, that analyses operational and institutional aspects.

1) Development of the regional Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program, by supporting member cities in specific issues and with expert advice.

2) Preparation of a proposal for the first phase of Harvard University’s Environmental Health analysis, and support for the application of estimation methods for the health benefits arising from pollution control actions carried out.

3) Boost technical and financial support from different agencies such as the EPA, IDB and Environment CANADA, who have all manifested their interest in supporting projects linked to the Clean Development Mechanism, as well as from GTZ in terms of providing reference documents associated with 20 different work areas including vehicle inspection and maintenance and aspect of sustainable transport.

The meeting was brought to a close with the hosts and the World bank team expressing thanks to all of those who participated in the Workshop and in the Steering Committee meeting of Lima/Callao 2003.

At the same time, a commitment was made to activate the establlllished agreements, with the unanimous conviction that we are entering a new, more effective stage of the Initiative’s ongoing evolution, one that will be a platform for the discussion and analysis of its future beyond April 2004.

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