The project empowers smaller and medium-sized cities in the ASEAN region to develop and implement Clean Air Plans, in order to improve air quality and move forward in sustainable urban development.
The implementation of Clean Air Plans also generates important co-benefits, such as climate change mitigation, better health for local citizens, more tourism and increased overall quality of life.
The project started in 2009 and will continue its activities until the end of 2015. At present, it works with the municipalities of Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Palembang and Surakarta (Indonesia), Vientiane (Lao PDR), Melaka (Malaysia), Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro (the Philippines), Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima (Thailand), Bac Ninh and Can Tho (Vietnam) as well as with Yangon (Myanmar).
Active involvement of key stakeholders from the private and public sector, civil society and local universities is a key success factor of the project. Through cooperation with these actors, the project has succeeded in:
- conducting ‘Vision and Goal’ workshops for clean air and subsequent public participation meetings in 6 cities
- developing and implementing air quality monitoring strategies for 6 cities
- elaborating emission inventories for 9 cities
- developing Clean Air Plans for 4 cities
- elaborating immediate action plans in 4 cities (e.g. for public transport)
- organising national and ASEAN-wide workshops on air quality management issues
- developing guidelines for emission inventories
- providing input in the formulation of criteria for environmentally sustainable urban development on the ASEAN level.
The project has also established a standardised modular training system on air quality management (‘Train for Clean Air’), customised for different stakeholder groups, such as decision makers, technical staff, non-governmental organisations and the media.