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National and city-level environment ministry and agency representatives from the Philippines, China, Mongolia and Viet Nam took the first step towards implementation of Clean Air Asia’s landmark Guidance Framework for Better Air Quality in Asian Cities at a regional workshop in Manila.

The workshop, held from March 1-3, was the first of two Guidance Framework training activities to be conducted at the regional level this year, and was designed to support countries and cities in improving their air quality management capabilities to address the growing air pollution problems prevalent throughout Asia.

The training is one of the different forms of support that Clean Air Asia is able to provide to cities in Asia through the Integrated Programme for Better Air Quality in Asia and is an important step in implementing the Guidance Framework

The Guidance Framework, launched on February 29, 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 training is one of the different forms of support that Clean Air Asia is able to provide to cities in Asia through the Integrated Programme for Better Air Quality in Asia and is an important step in implementing the Guidance Framework,” said Clean Air Asia Executive Director Bjarne Pedersen.

The voluntary and non-binding Guidance Framework – developed in consultation with environment ministries, experts and air quality management stakeholders – features six specific areas of guidance: Ambient air quality standards and monitoring; emissions inventories and modeling; health and other impacts; air quality communication; clean air plans; and governance.

The first implementation workshop – with trainers Dr Kim Oanh from the Asian Institute of Technology and Dr Doris Montecastro from Ateneo de Davao University – was focused on three of the six guidance areas: Air quality standards and monitoring, emissions inventory and modeling, and clean air plans.

“This training is an opportunity for the participants to determine, through self-assessment, at which level of air quality management development they are, in terms of the Guidance Framework Roadmap, and to identify the key actions they can or should take to move forward to the next stage of development,” said workshop lead trainer Dr Kim Oanh.

“It is also an opportunity for knowledge-sharing among the participants, which will enable countries and cities to learn from each other’s experiences and to foster better collaboration.”

For more information, contact Dang Espita at +632 6311042 or ibaq@cleanairasia.org.