Air pollution is an emerging environmental issue in Asia as it is
in other parts of the world. In particular, emissions of sulphur
dioxide and nitrogen oxides have been rising steadily over the past
few decades. In addition, rapid growth of cities, together with
associated expansion of industry and transport systems, has made
the Asian region increasingly concerned with these emissions.
After consultations and study of the European and American experiences
in coping with atmospheric pollution, the UNEP RRC.AP is following
a three-stage approach to promote the policy cycle in the region.
The program includes i) raise awareness amongst the policymakers
and scientific community; ii) build regional capacity for a network
monitoring mechanism to collect and analyze data; and iii) take
measures to reduce emissions through strongly improved energy use
efficiency, economic and/or legal instruments.