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Better Air Quality Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities
Pollution Control Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
Summary Report
Friday, 21 November 2008
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12-14 November 2008 | Bangkok, Thailand

Group photograph at the end of the workshop.
The Better Air Quality Workshop 2008 (BAQ 2008) was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 12–14 November 2008, under the theme “Air Quality and Climate Change: scaling up win-win solutions for Asia.” The meeting was organized by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, the Pollution Control Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand, and the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia), in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Environment Programme, and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. It is the fifth BAQ meeting held since 2001.

The event attracted over 900 participants, including representatives from governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academia and inter-governmental agencies. Over 43 countries were represented from Asia and elsewhere, including Europe and North and South America. Some 225 presentations were delivered in plenary and working group sessions within three thematic streams (Air Quality Management and Climate Change; Transport and Climate Change; and Stationary Sources and Indoor Air Pollution), in addition to many special events and receptions.

The overarching goal of the workshop was to cultivate a consensus on how Asian cities can more actively improve air quality and mitigate climate change by adopting a co-benefits approach that integrates urban air quality management, energy management and climate change mitigation. A general consensus was achieved at the meeting that a strong rationale exists for adopting a co-benefits approach to address both air quality and climate change, but that much remains to be accomplished in establishing linkages between these two issues.
Alan Gertler, International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations, summarized key issues discussed at BAQ 2008.
Veronica Garibay, National Ecology Institute, Mexico, presented on methodologies for estimating the co-benefits of pollution reduction

Stefan de Bakker, CURB-AIR described the CDM's potential to reduce emissions in four Asian case studies.

Bhure Lal, Environmental Pollution Control Authority, India, described strategies employed to reduce New Delhi's air pollution.
Sophie Punte and Cornie Huizenga, CAI-Asia Center, bid farewell to one another, as the former assumes the latter's role as Executive Director of the Center.
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