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Network Updates / Asia / 2021-06-10

Webinar: Integrating clean air and climate actions in cities:
Lessons learned on co-benefits in Asia

ONLINE EVENT | 16 JUNE 2021 | 10:00 AM (GMT+8)

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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.

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10.00 – 10.05


Welcome Remarks

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:

  • Maria Amor Salandanan

Department Head, City Environment and Natural Resources Office

Santa Rosa City, Philippines

  • Damdin Davgadorj

Managing Director

Climate Change and Development Academy of Mongolia

  • Alwis Rustam

Executive Director

Asosiasi Pemerintah Kota Seluruh Indonesia – Association of Indonesia Municipalities (APEKSI)

  • Karma Yangzom

Principal Environment Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

  • Kaye Patdu

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



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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