ICIMOD Plan for the 17th IUAPPA World Clean Air Congress and 9th CAA Better Air Quality Conference

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Realising the increasing effects of atmospheric changes on the fragile ecosystems and well being of people in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region,  the Atmosphere Initiative of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) was established in 2013. To improve the understanding of atmospheric issues and promote regional cooperation on related issues, the initiative’s participation in the 17th IUAPPA World Clean Air Congress and 9th CAA Better Air Quality Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea is of utmost importance.

Better Air Quality is a leading event of Clean Air Asia which influences positive change and brings together policy makers, practitioners, and industry leaders. It is the major international conference on air quality in Asia, and covers key sectors of transport, energy, industry, and climate change. 

The major themes for this year’s BAQ conference are: 

  • Cities and megacities: Asia meets the world
  • Linking air pollution and climate: New science, multiple benefits, new policies?
  • Air pollution management: Advances in technology, policy and practice
  • International action on air pollution: Can we seize the opportunities?
  • Co-benefits from climate and air pollution management: Achieving SLCP reduction for health, climate and food security
  • Sustainable transport solutions for cities: Low emission pathways for moving people and goods

For more information on the conference, please visit http://cleanairforcities.org/ 

ICIMOD Events

Date: 30 August 2016, Tuesday
Time: 13:30-15:00 hrs
Venue: Room 107, 1F Convention Hall, BEXCO, Busan, Korea

Delivering clean air and climate benefits: Reducing SLCP emissions

Date: 01 Sep 2016, Thursday
Time: 13:30-15:00 hrs
Venue: Busan, South Korea

Participation in other sessions

ICIMOD staff will also be presenting in several topics. The title of the presentation along with other details of the sessions are as follows:
Date TimeVenueSession TitleTitle of the PresentationParticipating ICIMOD Staff

30 Aug 2016, Tuesday

15:30–17:30

Room 105, 1F Convention Hall, BEXCO 

Management of Transportation and Air Quality (II)

Assessment of routine servicing and maintenance as a low-cost policy measure to reduce emissions from two-wheeled vehicles in Kathmandu, Nepal

Alpha Thapa, CASS- Atmosphere Initiative, ICIMOD on behalf of Dr Prakash V. Bhave, ICIMOD

30 Aug 2016, Tuesday 

13:30–15:00

Room 107, 1F Convention Hall, BEXCO

Managing Air Quality in Mountainous Cities

Session Introduction: Air quality in Mountainous Cities: Challenges and Opportunities

Dr Arnico Panday, Programme Coordinator, Atmosphere Initiative, ICIMOD

Numerical Modeling as a tool for air quality management

Dr Bhupesh Adhikary, Air Quality Specialist, Atmosphere Initiative, ICIMOD

31 Aug 2016, Wednesday

9:00–10:30

Room 105, 1F Convention Hall, BEXCO

Air Quality and Health (I)

Indoor air quality exposure assessment in rural settings of central Nepal

Alpha Thapa, CASS- Atmosphere Initiative, ICIMOD

31 Aug 2016, Wednesday

9:00–10:30

Room 103, 1F Convention Hall, BEXCO

Source and Evolution of Black Carbon

Seasonal variation of ozone and black carbon observed at Paknajol, an urban area in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Dr Bhupesh Adhikary, Air Quality Specialist, Atmosphere Initiative, ICIMOD

31 Aug 2016, Wednesday

16:30–18:00

Convention Hall, BEXCO

Air quality in Cities and megacities (Poster session 1)

Poster: Characterization of air pollutants over North-Eastern India: A regional chemical modeling perspective

Arshini Saikia, PhD Student Fellowship, ICIMOD

01 Sep 2016, Thursday

13:30–15:00

Room 101, 1F

Convention Hall, BEXCO

Build back better brick kilns

SLCP Session 2: Delivering clean air and climate benefits: Reducing SLCP emissions

Bidya Banmali Pradhan, Associate Coordinator, Atmosphere Initiative, ICIMOD

01 Sep 2016, Thursday

15:30 – 17:00

Convention Hall, BEXCO

Air quality in Cities and megacities (Poster session 2)

Poster: Characterization of air pollutants over North-Eastern India: A regional chemical modeling perspective

Arshini Saikia, PhD Student Fellowship, ICIMOD

02 Sep 2016, Friday

9:00–10:30

Room 101, 1F Convention Hall, BEXCO

Asian Case Studies

Cleaner brick kilns after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal

Dr Arnico Panday, Programme Coordinator, Atmosphere Initiative, ICIMOD

ICIMOD Information Booth

29 August – 2 September 2016

Busan Exhibition & Convention (BEXCO) center Busan, South Korea

An information booth will be set up to showcase ICIMOD’s work on air pollution in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Information materials and posters on ICIMOD’s Atmosphere Initiative will be displayed.