Chandigarh,02.12.19-Two-day workshopon “Knowledge sharing and capacity building workshop for NCAP knowledge network in the Indo-Gangetic Plain States” was jointly organized by World Bank, Department of Environment Studies, Panjab University and Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh.Over 60 participants from various educational institutes, pollution control boards representing different states of India are attending the workshop.

The primary purpose of the workshop was to convene members of the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) subgroup of the national knowledge network to build their capacity on the core aspects of air quality management.

Knowledge on relevant AQM practices and technologies that have enabled other countries to tackle their own challenge of air pollution will also be shared as part of the training program.Dr. S.S. Marwaha, Chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board inaugurated the workshop and stressed the necessity to identify workable solutions of working across states.

Mr. Dabinder Dalai, IFS, Director Environment, Government of Chandigarhand Guest of Honor of the event highlighted the need to address air quality issues by engaging academicians, and research scholarsand relevant stakeholders to identify sustainable solutions.Ms. Karin Shepardson, Lead Environment Specialist, World Bank, mentioned that they are committed to strengthening knowledge exchange by supporting IGP partners to take a wider airshed management approach to achieve with the National Clean Air Program (NCAP) air pollution reduction targets. Dr Suman Mor, Panjab University mentioned to identify indigenous technologies and existing good practices on air pollution control and start implementing them at the earliest.

The first session started with sharing of ongoing work on airshed management across the South Asia region and discussed implementation of air quality management through a case study from the California Air Resources Board that focus on creating air districts and air-basins. Further, Prof. Ravi Gupta, Haryana University, delivered a talk on commercially available biomass converging technologies. The afternoon session focused on linking air quality and health impacts as highlighted by Mr. Suresh Mohammed, World Bank. Prof PVM Lakshmi presented the 20 cities health risk assessment studies initiated by PGIMER, Chandigarh. Prof Ravindra Khaiwal mentioned that along with the Health Ministry they are developing health adaptation plans to address the issue of air pollution and climate change by engaging the health sector as a prominent stakeholder.

Frank René Dauge, World Bank,focused on the need to standardize the real time air quality monitoring systems to ensure data integrity. He stressed issues pertaining to managing leak tests, calibration checks and sensitivity of air quality monitors based on international experience.