Plotting courses for Guidance Framework implementation

Vietnam workshop (1)

Enhancing the capacities of stakeholders is an important step in equipping them to address air pollution and other related issues

Building on the knowledge and skills of pilot countries to implement Clean Air Asia’s Guidance Framework for Better Air Quality in Asian Cities, a five-day workshop helped strengthen the technical capacity of instructors and enabled the identification of potential trainers and opportunities to roll out and expand upon current training modules.

The “Course Instructor’s Workshop on the Guidance Framework for Better Air Quality in Asian Cities” from March 13-17 brought together 15 representatives from governments and academia in China, Indonesia, Mongolia, the Philippines and Vietnam to streamline the institutionalization of the Guidance Framework to steer air quality management processes at national and city levels.

The Guidance Framework, a core component of Clean Air Asia’s Integrated Programme for Better Air Quality in Asia (IBAQ Programme), is organized around key areas of regional concern and equips countries and cities with the knowledge and direction needed to effectively reduce air pollution, mapping out the steps and actions to be taken by national and local-level policymakers and decision-makers to improve air quality.

“The workshop enhanced the capacities of institutions and focal persons currently involved in IBAQ programme implementation in these pilot countries, and further promoted the Guidance Framework,” said Tanya Gaurano, Clean Air Asia Capacity Building Coordinator and Air Quality Program Officer.

“It also helped expand our training network by building and strengthening new and existing partnerships for capacity development, and enabled the identification of potential trainers and opportunities to roll out the Guidance Framework courses in the pilot countries.”

The workshop provided an overview of the Guidance Framework approach and current training courses, built on the technical knowledge of course instructors in those topics covered under Clean Air Asia’s existing training modules, improved the skills needed to plan, run and manage training activities, and discussed the initial approach for rolling out courses in the pilot countries.

Workshop trainers included IBAQ Advisory Committee members Sven Callebaut, World Trade Organization Trade Adviser/Capacity Development Consultant, and Dr Supat Wangwongwatana, Senior Policy Advisor at the Regional Resource Center for Asia and the Pacific and member of the Faculty of Public Health at Thammasat University in Thailand.

Dr Hoang Duong Tung, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam Environment Administration, said the Guidance Framework was an important tool in empowering countries and cities to achieve better air quality.

“Air pollution has become one of the key issues in the region, with a lot of serious episodes in China and even in Vietnam becoming national and international headlines. Enhancing the capacities of stakeholders is an important step in equipping them to address air pollution and other related issues,” he said.