NOTE: The information obtained from the spreadsheets, simple mathematical models, and maps in the Toolkit is not conclusive or absolute, but it does allow air quality managers in developing countries with limited demographic and geographical information to obtain indicative estimates of, for example, health effects of air pollutants and the overall seriousness of air pollution.

Welcome Page of the

Urban Air Quality Management CD-ROM

This CD-ROM offers you the opportunity to learn about urban air quality management in the context of a participatory planning and management process applied in many cities around the world.

Many tools on air pollution issues can be found on the market. Most of them are technical and very specialised which require deep expert knowledge to make them usable.

This Air Quality Management CD-ROM focuses on the process of managing air as an environmental resource. It puts it into the context of urban planning in developing countries with the aim to improve the living conditions of the people.

This CD-ROM is structured into four parts:

  1. The Introduction explains the importance of tackling air quality issues in urban settings.
  2. The Handbook describes the urban air quality management process step-by-step.
  3. The Toolkit contains 30 tools which help you to understand the various aspects of air quality management.
  4. The City Cases give you examples of how cities have applied participatory air quality management.

Who Should Use This CD-ROM

The information in this CD-ROM is developed for use by advisers to policymakers and non-technical stakeholders in developing countries rather than air quality experts. Users should have some knowledge of policy development at the municipal level, demographic and health data collection and analysis, and the use of Excel spreadsheets. Expert knowledge of air quality models and complicated air quality monitoring equipment is not necessary.

The general purpose of the Handbook is to give urban managers in developing countries an overview of the general process of urban air quality management. The tools found in the Toolkit portion of the CD-ROM - for example, the case studies, spreadsheets, simple mathematical models, and maps - are designed to give an indication of the seriousness of air pollution in order to encourage policymakers and stakeholders to support strategy development, action planning, and implementation of proven practices to deal with air quality issues.

The calculations of the models and spreadsheets are not conclusive or absolute, but they do allow air quality managers in developing countries with limited demographic and geographical information to obtain indicative estimates of, for example, health effects of air pollutants.

Handbook-Toolkit Combination

The objective of the Handbook and Toolkit is to provide a practical guide to cities in developing countries. Validated management methods are used in the Handbook, along with established models in the Toolkit. While science-based, this CD-ROM is neither overly scientific nor exhaustive, but rather a simple, action-oriented application. The Handbook-Toolkit combination is valuable because the management process is directly linked to the various 'tools' necessary for technical analysis and decision-making in each stage. This organization strengthens the overall Air Quality Management process by ensuring that the technical aspects are not separate from planning and management. The two are, in fact, integrated into it. As a result, this approach to Air Quality Management can avoid the common split between managers and decision-makers on the one hand, and scientific and technical analysts on the other hand.

How to use this CD-ROM

This CD-ROM functions similar to a website. The left navigation bar allows you to jump between the different parts. It is organised similar to the table of contents of this CD-ROM.

For those who prefer reading paper, you will find the Handbook and the Toolkit as a printable pdf-file on the top bar. You need the Acrobat Reader for this which is contained on this CD. It will be installed if you click here. The top bar also contains a glossary for acronyms used in this CD. Pointing your mouse there will open a pop-up window. Ensure to deactivate any pop-up blocker in your browser.

However, we recommend that, where possible, the Air Quality Management Handbook and Toolkit combination should be accessed via the CD-ROM to ensure the full interactivity of the models and spreadsheet applications.

For further questions, please contact:

UNEP Urban Environment urban.environment@unep.org OR UN HABITAT Sustainable Cities Programme scp@unhabitat.org