About BAQ 2010
The Better Air Quality (BAQ) conference is Asia’s largest gathering of air quality stakeholders from government, civil society, academe, private sector, and the international development community. First organized as a local workshop by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2001, BAQs have become major regional events through the efforts of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center (CAI-Asia) and its partners. CAI-Asia has co-organized regional BAQ conferences in Hong Kong (2002), Philippines (2003), India (2004), Indonesia (2006), and Thailand (2008). Now held every two years, the BAQ conference regularly attracts close to a thousand participants from Asia and the rest of the world. The event receives ample coverage by local and international media, including TIME Magazine and the International Herald Tribune.
BAQ 2010 consists of
- Plenary sessions
- Country Roundtables
- Poster sessions
- Social events
- Press conferences and launches
There are several sponsorship packages available for private sector companies. The sponsorship benefits vary according to the package but usually include inclusion of the company logo on BAQ 2010 communication materials, admission tickets, booth space, and a presentation during a breakout session -- one of the breakout rooms will be dedicated to presentations on new technologies and strategies that include presentations from BAQ sponsors.
Theme: "Air Quality in a Changing Climate"
This year's theme reflects three key developments:
- The growing relevance of climate change for air quality management. Climate change is receiving growing international attention and there is increasing evidence that air pollution interacts with climate change. Therefore it is vital to address air pollution and climate change mitigation through integrated policies and projects.
- The rapid urbanization in Asia that requires a total shift in city planning. Over the next decades, hundreds of millions of people will be added to Asian cities. Rapid urbanization is putting cities under pressure to absorb additional inhabitants while ensuring that the air becomes cleaner, fuel use and carbon footprint are reduced, and cities remain accessible and livable.
- The changing role of development agencies. Asian countries are developing rapidly economically, and thus are increasingly able to finance their own development. The role of development agencies is changing from being a financier to providing expertise and experience needed by developing countries to build their own capacity in developing their cities, transport systems and industries in a sustainable fashion.
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