February 28 2024 marked the end of the Jakarta Air Quality Monitoring Plan and Transport Analysis project, a collaboration between C40 Cities, Jakarta Environmental Agency, and the Resilience Development Initiative (RDI). The project reports and Certificate of Training Completion were delivered to Asep Kuswanto, SE, M.Si, Head of the DKI Jakarta Environmental Service, and Pollution and Environmental Damage Control Division of the Environment Agency of DKI Jakarta by Dr.Vivian Pun, Technical Head of the Breathe Cities program for Southeast Asia and Senior Advisor in the Air Quality Technical Assistance Program at C40 Cities.
Started in February 2023, this project aims to build capacity for air quality and health impact assessment of transport interventions, as well as develop recommendations for regulating low-cost sensor utilization for air quality monitoring purposes in support of Jakarta's ambitious goals. The project's two distinguished deliverables, the capacity training for the AQUA Toolset for Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and interventions’ efficacy analysis for city officials and the Low Cost Sensor Implementation Guideline, have both gotten positive feedback from public and private stakeholders.
To support the monitoring of Jakarta's air quality, Dr. Vivian C. Pun, the Technical Head of Breathe Cities, Southeast Asia of C40 mentioned that several strategies could be strengthened. These include: promoting cross-sectoral collaboration on the development of public communication strategies, drafting a regulation on LCS implementation procedures, and ensuring continuous policy implementation monitoring and evaluation through the use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) instruments.
As the Jakarta Air Quality Monitoring Plan and Transport Analysis project concludes, it marks a significant milestone in the collaborative efforts of C40 Cities, the Jakarta Environmental Agency, and the Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) towards addressing air quality challenges in the region. The dedication and expertise of all involved stakeholders, exemplified by the delivery of comprehensive reports and capacity-building initiatives, underscore the commitment to sustainable urban development and public health.
Looking ahead, the legacy of this project will continue to resonate through the implementation of recommendations and guidelines aimed at enhancing air quality monitoring and regulation in Jakarta. By fostering cross-sectoral collaboration and leveraging innovative strategies, we can strive towards a cleaner, healthier future for all residents of Jakarta and beyond.
The success of this project serves as a testament to the power of partnerships and proactive engagement in tackling environmental issues. As we celebrate the achievements of the Jakarta Air Quality Monitoring Plan and Transport Analysis project, let us remain steadfast in our pursuit of sustainable solutions and collective action towards building resilient and thriving cities worldwide.