Hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment and ICLEI East Asia Secretariat, the seminar featured presentations from Chinese, Japanese and Korean experts, including a presentation of a Sino-Japanese technical cooperation project to improve air quality in Xian City, China by Hiroyuki Hashimoto, program manager of ICLEI Japan Office.
The transnational nature of air pollution, and the need for cross-country cooperation to improve air quality, is one of the keynotes mentioned by almost all speakers at the seminar. Citing Seoul as an example, experts explain how the air quality of cities in the region is interdependent on neighbouring countries. While Seoul’s air quality is dependent on that of China, China’s air quality is in turn partially influenced by Goby sand storms originating from Mongolia.
Serving as a platform for sharing know-how, the seminar also provided valuable information on cities’ current air quality situation and their experiences in facing these challenges. For instance, Vice Mayor of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia presented a case study on climate change and air pollution in Mongolia, while Beijing, Tianjin, Xian (China), Kitakyushu (Japan) and Seoul (Korea) introduced participants the situation of air quality in their cities and provided examples of how they tackle it with air quality regulations.