CDIA-Partner Cities Engage with Experts, Peer Cities at BAQ Conference
September 14, 2016
Two CDIA-partner cities, Peshawar (Pakistan) and Cebu (Philippines) were supported by CDIA to learn and exchange with experts and peer cities at the 9th Better Air Quality Conference. Organized by Clean Air Asia (CAA) and hosted by the City of Busan, South Korea, the event held from 29 August to 2 September 2016 was a gathering of policy makers, practitioners and industry leaders to discuss, among others, local and international issues on air pollution, co-benefits from climate and air pollution management, and sustainable transport solutions for cities.
For Mr. Sajjad Khan, Project Director of the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), an initiative that took off from a CDIA-funded Pre-feasibility Study (PFS) in 2014, the key take-aways from the conference were reduction strategies for vehicle emissions; CAA’s City Certification Program, which can motivate cities to prepare a roadmap for improving air quality; and Kaohsiung City’s public bicycle sharing program.
Mr. Rafael Yap, the Head of the Transport Department in Cebu City, which CDIA supported in 2008 for its Priority Infrastructure Investments Plan, also shared the interest to take part in the City Certification Program, and looks forward to strengthening its existing Sister Cities’ ties with Kaohsiung to promote cycling.
Many Asian cities have approached CDIA for technical assistance to prepare transport-related projects. CDIA’s support extends beyond grants for PFS to also enhance capacities and create opportunities for city-to-city learning. It also collaborates with regional partners, like CAA, to reach more cities and develop tools for addressing urban infrastructure needs in Asia.