Objective and co-benefits

This Project Has Come to an End

“Clean Air for Smaller Cities in the ASEAN Region” (CASC) was implemented from 2009–2015. Because the project is no longer active, this website will no longer be maintained. The documents and other materials included here will remain available until mid-2017.

The partner cities and organisations that made CASC a success continue their work on protecting air quality, and they are not alone: the ASEAN-German Technical Cooperation Programme “Cities, Environment and Transport” (CET) continues to support reduced emissions from transport and industry, along with the co-benefits to local populations and the natural environment that these efforts bring. Learn more about CET here.

 

Project Overview

The partner cities and organisations that made CASC a success continue their work on protecting air quality, and they are not alone: the ASEAN-German Technical Cooperation Programme “Cities, Environment and Transport” (CET) continues to support reduced emissions from transport and industry, along with the co-benefits to local populations and the natural environment that these efforts bring. Learn more about CET here.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) finances the ASEAN-German Technical Cooperation Programme on Cities, Environment and Transport in the ASEAN Region. The programme is implemented by the German International Cooperation (GIZ).

GIZ assumes the role to provide the necessary inputs to assist cities and national governments in developing the capacity to improve air quality and thus create the necessary prerequisites for co-benefits with climate change mitigation. This includes legal framework development, organisational adjustments and training at national, regional, local levels as well as for civil society and private sector stakeholders. It requires gaining knowledge on what pollutants are in the air, where they come from and what negative impacts they may have. However, most importantly, political will and public awareness are required to succeed.

Objective and co-benefits

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.

Achievements

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.