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International Workshop on Regional and Intercontinental Transport of Air Pollution

Organized by:

  • Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution (TF HTAP) under the LRTAP Convention

  • Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET)

13-14 October 2008, Hanoi, Vietnam

Overview:

Regional and intercontinental transport of air pollution causes damage to human health and the environment far from the release points and sources. Increased awareness of the importance of regional air pollution in Asia has led to several cooperative frameworks, such as EANET and the Malé Declaration on Control and Prevention of Air Pollution and its Likely Transboundary Effects for South Asia.

At the same time, the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution (TF HTAP) has been established to provide a better understanding of the role of intercontinental transport of air pollution. Although organized under the UNECE LRTAP Convention, the TF HTAP seeks participation from countries throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

The workshop aims to enhance technical and scientific cooperation on regional and intercontinental transport of air pollution with a focus on Asian air pollution issues.

Workshop Objectives:

  • To present and discuss regional and global modelling of air pollution transport under MICS-Asia and TF HTAP to review the status of atmospheric monitoring in the region, including monitoring of mercury, ozone, aerosols, sulphur and nitrogen deposition.
  • To review the emission inventories and projections for Asia.
  • To review available assessments of transboundary air pollution impacts on human health, welfare, and ecosystems.
  • To recommend and plan further studies of relevance to better understand regional and intercontinental transport of air pollution in Asia.
The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Eighth Session of the EANET Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC8), to be held from 15 to 17 October 2008, and with the assistance of the UNEP Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific.

Contacts:

Andre Zuber, European Commission, TF HTAP Co-Chair,
Terry Keating, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, TF HTAP Co-Chair
Mylvakanam Iyngararasan, UNEP RRC.AP