Air pollution in the Asia-Pacific region

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Air pollution, which is transboundary in nature, also contributes to regional level issues such as acid deposition and global level issues such as climate change.

To strengthen national capacities to address air pollution in Asia-Pacific countries, the Government of Japan is supporting a four-year project through UN Environment entitled Institutional Measures and Technical Assistance to Address Air Pollution in Asia Pacific.

The project effectively supports both the Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership (APCAP) and the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) over the period January 2015 through July 2019.

The project aims to support coordination and knowledge sharing among the region’s various ongoing clean air initiatives, inform existing air pollution networks on policy makers on the science-policy linkages on air pollution, and train national air quality managers and promote bi-lateral cooperation.

WE International’s Managing Director, Terrence Thompson, supported UN Environment in conducting the mid-term review of the project. The review had two primary purposes: (i) to provide evidence to meet accountability requirements; and (ii) to promote operational improvement, learning and knowledge sharing through results and lessons learned among UN Environment, EANET and APCAP.

The review found that the project was generally well designed and implemented but there was a need to improve risk management strategies and to develop strategies to sustain coordination, knowledge sharing, and capacity building beyond the life of the four-year project.

Recommendations were made to link the project to high-level global and regional policy frameworks and to establish sustainable financing mechanisms that could convert the fixed term project into a sustainable program.

For more information, contact Mr. Terrence Thompson: terrence@weinternational.asia

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