Air Quality Interventions: Improving Air Quality Monitoring Systems in Asian Cities
Total Project Cost: $301,060
PEF Financing: $250,000
Approval Date: 12 September 2011
Main Project Partner(s): Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia)
Project Officer: Vijay Joshi
Type of Intervention: Analytical study
The project aims to contribute to improving the availability and reliability of air quality data in Asian cities to assist policymakers in effective policy and investment decision-making, policy and project impacts monitoring, and communicating to the public on the status of air pollution. The study will conduct benchmarking for Asian cities according to ambient air quality levels, assess technical soundness of air quality monitoring systems of selected cities with the highest and lowest air quality scores, establish twinning arrangements between cities with good air quality levels and monitoring systems and cities that can learn from them on air quality monitoring and management.
From a poverty perspective it is important to address urban air pollution. Poor people tend to suffer more health problems from air pollution compared to wealthier people, as they are more exposed and have less financial means to get medical help. To manage air quality effectively, air quality must be measured using appropriate air quality monitoring systems, but a large number of Asian cities are still unable to report air quality due to limited or inexistent air quality monitoring capacity.
- Asian cities benchmarked according to ambient air quality levels using the Air Pollution and Health Index
- Technical soundness of air quality monitoring systems assessed in select cities
- Twinning arrangements established between “mentor cities”(those with good air quality levels and good air quality monitoring systems) and cities that can learn from them on air quality monitoring and management
- Results disseminated in at CAI-Asia’s Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2012 Conference and other forums