Integrating air pollution and climate change in a single set of policies or actions could save cities time and money on two of their most pressing problems. Many cities have become more aware of the potential of integrated solutions to deliver clean air, a stable climate, and improved health while saving time and money. But awareness of these co-benefits has not always translated into actions capable of achieving them. Part of the reason for this shortfall is that fulfilling this promise require cities to 1) possess knowledge of core co-benefits concepts; 2) employ decision-making tools to identify technological and behavioral solutions based on that knowledge; and 3) support the implementation and spread of those solutions with policy and governance reforms.
Over the past two years, Clean Air Asia, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability East Asia (ICLEI East Asia) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) have worked on a project funded by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, Ministry of Environment, Japan, and Seoul Metropolitan Government to develop a demand-driven training curriculum and carry out capacity building activities focusing on the three above mentioned areas in different parts of Asia. The purpose of this one-hour webinar is to share the training curriculum and experiences of cities in Asia with its development and use. The webinar will also explore opportunities for spreading the application of co-benefits to other cities in Asia and globally.
|10.00 – 10.05
Climate and Clean Air Coalition
|10.05 – 10.15||Introduction to Co-benefits Training Curriculum, Needs Assessment, Project Results
Dr. Eric Zusman
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
|10.15 – 10.55||Panel Discussion: Good practices, lessons learned, and opportunities for SLCP integration in Asian cities
Facilitators: Clean Air Asia and ICLEI East Asia
Members of the panel:
Department Head, City Environment and Natural Resources Office
Santa Rosa City, Philippines
Climate Change and Development Academy of Mongolia
Asosiasi Pemerintah Kota Seluruh Indonesia – Association of Indonesia Municipalities (APEKSI)
Principal Environment Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
Associate Program Officer, Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership
UN Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Parallel interactive polls to capture insights from the audience.
|10.55 – 11.00||Summary and next steps|
GUIDE QUESTIONS FOR THE PANEL DISCUSSION
Mechanics: Discussants will be given 5mins each to respond to the following guide questions.
- For cities: What is your experience/prospects in integrating air pollution and climate action in development and/or sector plans in your city? What areas does your city need further support on (evidence-based planning tools, governance experiences) to expedite implementation and achieve co-benefits?
- For ADB and UNEP ROAP: What are the available mechanisms or initiatives at the regional level that could support cities in integrated air quality and climate action planning and implementation of programs?
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