The value of this Handbook is greatly enhanced by its being directly
linked to a supporting volume, the Toolkit. The Toolkit is a simplified
and user-friendly compilation of technical information and analytical
'tools' designed specifically for application to Air Quality Management.
Throughout the Handbook, the connection between management activities
and the tools is emphasized. At relevant points in the text, reference
is made to the particular tool providing a better understanding of the
activities that are being undertaken and a key to the appropriate analytical
procedures. In this way, the tools assist and inform decision-making.
The Toolkit elaborates particular points in the AQM process and shows
how the supporting analysis can be done. For example:
- To assist in preparation of an Air Quality Profile, a step-by-step
explanation and example are given in the Toolkit
- To assist in the prioritization and clarification of issues, there
are tools that provide information on types, sources, and consequences
of air pollution (including relevant international standards) along
with the benefits of addressing different pollutants and/or sources
- To assist in strategy formulation, various options for managing different
types of air pollution from different sources are described with advantages,
disadvantages and examples. There are also decision support tools such
as spreadsheet models, discussions and cost-effectiveness analyses of
strategies to help identify least-cost but maximum-benefits considerations.
- To assist in understanding, there are tools explaining the technical
terms and concepts used in air quality management and indicating sources
of additional relevant information.