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West and Central Africa Sub-Regional Workshop on Better Air Quality, 20-22 July 2009 , Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Click image to enlargeTwenty one countries from the West and Central African region and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) participated at a sub-regional workshop on Better Air Quality that was held from 20-21 July (Policy Session) and 22 July 2009 (Ministerial Session) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The workshop that was jointly organised by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests of Cote d’Ivoire, the African Refiners Association (ARA) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) is an initiative of several partners including the above and  the Air Pollution Information Network for Africa (APINA), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida),  and the Global Atmospheric Pollution Forum (GAPF).

The Ministerial Session adopted a regional framework agreement (Abidjan Agreement) on air pollution for the region that includes actionable targets to address air pollution issues in the following key areas: Transport; Industry and Mining; Household Pollutionl; Waste Disposal; Bush Fires, Uncontrolled Burning and Deforestation; Urban Planning and Management; and National and Regional Environmental Governance.

At the workshop, a study funded by the World Bank/ARA on the costs and benefits of lower sulphur fuels and vehicle emission reduction in the sub-Saharan Africa region was presented.

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