Southasiadisasters.net issue no. 182, April 2019:
This issue of Southasiadisasters.net is titled ‘Should Clean Air be a Fundamental Right?’ and highlights how India's deteriorating air quality has now assumed catastrophic proportions. This issue draws from the discussions and deliberations of a workshop called 'Tackling the Challenges of Air Pollution' held in Delhi in March 2019. Some of the key themes discussed in this issue include air quality and risk management; sources of air pollution in India and Asia; communication outreach campaigns for improving awareness on air pollution; the role of local governments in improving air quality among others.
(i) Disaster Risk Reduction and Air Pollution; (ii) Managing Disaster Risk and Air Quality; (iii) Promoting Clean Air Campaign in Indian Cities: Learning from AIR Plan and Future Plans; (iv) Indian Cities on a Clean Air Mission; (v) Transportation and Air Pollution; (vi) Smart Communication Makes Cities Safer; (vii) Clean Air Challenges in Nepal; (viii) Clean Air as Disaster Risk Reduction Challenge in Nepal; (ix) Clean Janakpur, Green Janakpur; (x) Clean Air Challenges in Cities of Vietnam; (xi) Endorsing EcoDRR for Emerging Disaster Risks in Growing Urban Sprawls of India; (xii) A DRR Definition of "Global Catastrophe"
Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Francis Pope, University of Birmingham; G. Padmanabhan, Former UNDP; and Mahesh Rajasekar, National Institute of Urban Affairs; Ray Kancharla, Save the Children; and Prabodh Dhar Chakrabarti, Former Executive Director, NIDM; Priya Dutta, Shyam Pingle, Pankaj Yadav, Dileep Mavalankar, Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar; Vijay Limaye, Kim Knowlton, Anjali Jaiswal, Natural Resources Defense Council; Arindam Upmanyu, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar; Sharmila Deo, Parisar, Pune, Maharashtra; Kunal Kumar (IAS), Mission Director (Smart Cities), and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India; Ayush Adhikari, Consultant; and Anu Adhikari, Senior Programme Officer (Climate Change, Gender and Social Inclusion), IUCN Nepal; Kiran Ojha, Country Director, Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Nepal; Santosh Kumar Mahato, Technical Advisor, Aasaman Nepal; Do Ngoc Thao, Vietnam; Dr. Shalini Dhyani, South Asia Regional Chair, IUCN CEM and Scientist; CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur, Maharashtra; Ray Taylor, Oxford, UK
Theme: Urban Disaster, Clean Air, DRR, Air Pollution, Safe Cities