Success Stories and Lessons Learned from Cities with Improved Air Quality


Success Stories and Lessons Learned from Cities with Improved Air Quality

29 September 2020


Asia has experienced strong economic growth in the past few decades, lifting millions out of poverty. However, this has not been without environmental costs. In most cases, development has been accompanied by environmental degradation in various forms including air pollution which is one of the biggest environmental health risks especially in developing countries and cities in Asia. The United Nations estimates that well over 2.2 billion people in Asia will live in cities by 2026, and this will grow to more than 3.3 billion people by 2050. While more than half the population of Asia live in cities less than 8% of Asia’s population breathes air that meets the World Health Organization Air Quality standards for PM2.5.

Hence, we cannot solve the problem of air pollution in Asia if we don’t have targeted interventions for cities in Asia.

In this webinar, participants learned about selected cities that previously had chronic air pollution problems but were able to undertake interventions that resulted in improved air quality. The panelists recommended air quality improvement measures that can be applied to Asian cities.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
29 Sep 2020 Presentations Air Pollution Challenges Faced in London and Measures Taken to Improve the Air Quality
This presentation highlights how the Clean Air Act and the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) have helped improved the air quality in London.
Stephen Inch
29 Sep 2020 Presentations Improving Air Quality for Better Health in Mongolia
Here is how Mongolia is fixing its air pollution problem.
Alex Heikens
29 Sep 2020 Presentations Air Quality Improvement in the Greater Beijing – Tianjin – Hebei (BTH) Region of People’s Republic of China (PRC) Li Bi
29 Sep 2020 Presentations Urban Air Quality Management in Incheon Port City
Air emission from ships affects local and global air quality. Here is how this can be addressed.
Heekwan Lee


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