2015 Highlights

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CCAP City Representatives and high-level officials from US EPA, EPAT and Clean Air Asia pose for a group photo to cap off the three-day CCAP Workshop in Washington D.C.

The Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP) encourages city officials to recognize the significance of city-level actions in reducing air pollution and climate change impacts, and also provides a platform for cooperation and learning towards addressing air quality challenges and public health. Cities who have signified their interest and are actively participating in the CCAP initiative are: Baguio, Bangkok, Cochin (Kochi), Coimbatore, Colombo, Da Lat, Da Nang, Haiphong, Iloilo, Jakarta, Kaohsiung, Kathmandu, Kitakyushu, Kotte (Sri Jayawardenapura), Malang, Mandalay, Pasig, Shimla, Siem Reap, Singapore, Surabaya, Taichung, Taipei, Taoyuan, Ulaanbaatar, Varanasi, Yogyakarta and Yokohama. In order to set 200 cities across Asia on the pathway towards achieving air quality improvement by 2020, CCAP utilizes its three program elements: the City-to-City Cooperation (C3) Program, City Certification Program, and the Knowledge Platform.

The City-to-City Cooperation Program promotes city-to-city learning and collaboration to drive measurable results through city level actions. The first set of partnering cities under this program have been successfully matched and recognized during the Cities Clean Air Partnership Workshop held   in Washington D.C. last 10-12 August. These cities are Pasig and Taipei, Haiphong and Kitakyushu, San Jose and Taichung, and San Diego and Bangkok.

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City representatives from Haiphong and Kitakyushu during the announcement of the first set of partnering cities for the C3 Program

The City Certification Program provides a ladder to support progressive and sustainable advances in air quality. Clean Air Asia consulted with a number of cities regarding the program’s general framework during the Better Air Quality Conference (BAQ 2014) held in Colombo on November 2014, Cities Clean Air Partnership Learning Event held in Taipei on April 2015, Cities Clean Air Partnership Workshop held in Washington D.C. on August 2015, and the Urban Environmental Accords Summit in Iloilo on September 2015. Upcoming city consultation sessions planned for the rest of the year will be held at the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum on October, and the Joint Forum on Urban Air Quality on November.

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Roundtable discussions among various city representatives from Asia and US during a consultation session

A customized Knowledge Platform allows cities to share their best practices, gives them access to resources that will help in developing their air quality action plans, and provides networking opportunities, including an online Experts Database. Its beta version has recently been developed. See link: http://www.cleanairasia.org/ccap.