Effective Air Quality Management, a Precondition for Clean Air in Asian Cities


Seven out of 10 cities in developing Asia have unhealthy levels of air pollution. In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that outdoor air pollution contributed to 3.7 million premature deaths globally. People’s Republic of China (PRC) and India alone accounted for 1.8 million premature deaths. According to the ADB, another 1.1 billion people will move to Asia’s cities in the next 20 years and by 2030, more than 55% of the population of Asia will be urban. Ensuring clean air for rapidly growing cities is one of the major urban development challenges for the years to come. A solution to keep air pollution in check is the development of effective air quality management for cities. 

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Best Practices


Environment, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management, Urban Development