Integrating Clean Air and Climate Actions in Cities: Lessons Learned on Co-benefits in Asia


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. 

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.


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
  • Engr. Maria Amor Salandanan, Department Head, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, Santa Rosa City, Philippines
  • Dr. Damdin Davgadorj, Managing Director, Climate Change and Development Academy of Mongolia
  • Mr. Alwis Rustam, Executive Director, Asosiasi Pemerintah Kota Seluruh Indonesia - Association of Indonesia Municipalities (APEKSI)
  • Ms. Karma Yangzom, Principal Environment Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
  • Ms. Kaye Patdu, Associate Program Officer, Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership, UN Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

10.55 – 11.00: Summary and next steps