Clean Air for Smaller Cities in the ASEAN Region

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ carries out a project in the frame of the ASEAN-German Technical Cooperation with the aim of improving air quality for small and medium sized cities in the ASEAN region.

After having completed its first phase from 2009 – 2012, BMZ has agreed to continue with a second phase from 2013-2015. With regard to sustainability of the project and in order to anchor the activities in the region, a regional organisation is needed which could best assure a longer-term perspective and provide a medium-term “exit strategy” for the German technical assistance.

Objectives:
The primary aim of the Project is to institutionalize capacity strengthening for air quality management in smaller cities in the ASEAN region.

Outcome 1: National policies that encourage cities to develop clean air plans are in place
Outcome 2: A strong anchor institution with sufficient tools, finance, and personnel is established and operational
Outcome 3: Training system in place for the beneficiaries who are able to plan and implement for clean air
Outcome 4: A platform to provide direct support to cities in planning and implementation of clean air plans is systematized

Donor: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Duration: December 2012 – November 30, 2015 (3 years)

Website link: Clean Air for Smaller Cities website

Contact persons:
Glynda Bathan, glynda.bathan(at)cleanairasia.org
Kaye Patdu, kaye.patdu(at)cleanairasia.org

 

Project Partners

ASEAN Secretariat
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on 8 August 1967. The Member States of the Association are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The ASEAN region has a population of about 575 million (2007), a total area of 4.4 million square kilometres, a combined gross domestic product of almost US$ 1,282 billion (2007) and a total trade volume of about US$ 1,616 billion (2007).

Secretariat of AWGESC
The ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC) was formed in June 2003 by the ASEAN Senior Officials on the Environment (ASOEN). Its aim is to develop strategies and action plans to drive the ASEAN Initiative on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AIESC).

The GIZ
Owned by the German government, GIZ provides services in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ also works on behalf of other public and private sector clients both in Germany and overseas. These include the governments of other countries, the European Commission, the United Nations and other donor organizations. With a turnover of more than EUR 2 billion (2012), GIZ operates in more than 130 countries and employs approximately 16,000 staff worldwide.

Clean Air Asia
Clean Air Asia promotes better air quality and livable cities by translating knowledge to policies and actions that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from transport, energy and other sectors. Clean Air Asia is a UN recognized partnership with 8 Country Networks and 250 member organizations in 31 countries. Clean Air Asia aims to institutionalize capacity strengthening for air quality management in smaller cities in the ASEAN region.

Other important partners:

  • National and international city associations
  • Cities’ Alliance of World Bank
  • City Development Initiative for Asia (recently founded by German Government (BMZ) and Asian Development Bank (ADB))
  • World Bank (WB) / Asian Development Bank (ADB) / German Development Bank (KfW), European Union (EU) and other donors

 

Project Activities

A. Policy Development for Air Quality Management at the National and Regional Level

In order to develop and adopt effective policies, a documentation of the country’s air quality management system is necessary to better equip smaller cities with the relevant information on the country’s legal framework and state of air quality. As part of the CASC Project, a country profile for several ASEAN countries will be published.

 

B. Roll out of Air Quality Management Training at the National and Regional Level

A regional training system for air quality management will be set up to provide capacity building on air quality management to key stakeholders. The Train for Clean Air (T4CA) Program was developed to deliver standardized modular air quality management training that follows the TRAIN-X approach initiated by UN agencies and other international organizations that ensure adherence to quality standards. Currently, there are five priority courses developed for the T4CA training package that targets a specific group of audience with different topics on air quality management, namely:

T4CA 1: Key issues of air quality management for decision-makers;

T4CA 2: Basic air quality monitoring procedures for technical officers;

T4CA 3: Emission inventories for technical officers;

T4CA 4: Key issues of air quality management for civil society groups and the media; and

T4CA 5: Effective communication strategies for better air quality

 

 T4CA Trainings and Events
Date
T4CA1: Strategic Workshop for Air Quality Management, Surabaya 27 February 2014
T4CA2: Air Quality Monitoring for Smaller Cities, Manila 3-4 April 2014
T4CA1: Strategic Framework for Air Quality Management, San Fernando City 23 April 2014
T4CA1: Strategic Framework for Air Quality Management, Singapore 2-3 June 2014
T4CA4: Air Pollution, Air Quality: Better Information for Better Action, Baguio City 23-24 June 2014
Course Developers Workshop, Manila 7-11 July 2014
T4CA1: Strategic Framework for Air Quality Management, Chiang Mai 15 July 2014
T4CA4: Air Pollution, Air Quality: Better information for Better Action, Chiang Mai 21-22 July 2014
T4CA5: How to Gain Public Support to Improve Air Quality in Your City, Chiang Mai 24-25 July 2014
T4CA3: Emission Inventory for Smaller Cities, Chiang Mai 28-30 July 2014
T4CA2: Air Quality Monitoring for Smaller Cities, Chiang Mai 5-7 August 2014
Course Instructors Workshop, Manila 11-15 August 2014
T4CA3: Emission Inventory for Smaller Cities, San Fernando 4-5 December 2014
T4CA3: Emission Inventory for Smaller Cities, Baguio City 4-5 February 2015
T4CA3: Emission Inventory for Smaller Cities, San Carlos 18-19 May 2015
T4CA2: Air Quality Monitoring for Smaller Cities, Hanoi 22-24 July 2015
T4CA6: Course Validation Workshop, Manila 18-20 August 2015

 

C. Dissemination

Part of the CASC project outcome is to enable key stakeholders to be responsive to air quality issues. National workshops and regional events will be organized to disseminate project outputs.

Events

 

D. Support to Cities

The CASC project aims to set up a technical support mechanism to provide direct support to cities on air quality management. The support provided to cities includes the assessment of its air quality management, development of clean air action plan, conduct of emission inventory, and relevant capacity building activities.

 

Events
Cagayan de Oro Clean Air Action Planning Workshop 18 December 2013
Iloilo City Emission Inventory Calculation and Analysis 27 December 2013
Clean Air Plan Prioritization Workshop, Iloilo City 20 March 2014
Clean Air Plan Screening Workshop, Cagayan de Oro City 30 May 2014
Clean Air Plan Prioritization Workshop, Cagayan de Oro City 7 April 2015
Training for PM Hotspot Monitoring, Cagayan de Oro City 8 April 2015
Clean Air Forum, Iloilo City 28 May 2015
Study of Airshed Management in the Philippines March-September 2015
BLISTT Airshed Air Quality Management Seminar 23-24 June 2015
Clean Air Forum, Cagayan de Oro City 27 October 2015