First AQCA conference
The first AQCA platform conference took place in Bishkek from 10 to 11 March 2022 within the theme of improving air quality in Central Asian countries. The conference was organized to discuss, learn and share experience about air pollution, air quality monitoring and management.
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70
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At this conference, the regional platform on air quality in Central Asia (AQCA) was initiated.
Director of the Department of Environmental Monitoring of KazHydromet
Day 1. March 10, 2022
Session # 1. Air Quality in Central Asia
Olga Kornyukhova
Chairperson of the Association of Practicing Ecologists
Laura Malikova
Air Quality in Kazakhstan
Deputy Director of Kyrgyz Hydromet
Asanbai kyzy Meerim
Air Quality in Kyrgyzstan
Chairperson of MoveGreen
Maria Kolesnikova
Head of the Department of Environmental Monitoring, Agency for Hydrometeorology Department of Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan
Sangin Samiev
Air Quality in Tajikistan
Chairman of public organization “Youth group on protection of the environment”
Ikromjon Mamadov
Engineer, Department of Ambient Air Pollution Monitoring, Uzhydromet
Natalya Teryaeva
Air Quality in Uzbekistan
Professor of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering / Vice Dean for Education, James McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis/USA
Jay R. Turner
Director of Experts Services, Finnish Meteorological Institute
Harri Pietarila
Finnish support for CA - Best practices in AQ modelling and forecasting
Project Analyst, Climate Change and Disaster Resilience Team, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub
Cansu Demir
Tackling air pollution in Europe and Central Asia for improved health and a greener future
Regional Air Quality Consultant for Central Asia, UNEP
Katherine Hall
Nature-based Solutions for Improving Air Quality and Supporting Healthy urban living in Central Asia
Ph.D. Professor, University of California
Day 1. March 10, 2022
Session #2. Air pollution impacts on the economy, health, gender, and migration
Rufus E. Edwards
The health and economic impact of air pollution
Researcher at OSCE Academy in Bishkek
Dr. Rakhat Sabyrbekov
The Economic Cost of Air Pollution: Methods and Policy Implications
Programme Manager, Living and Working Environments, WHO
Dorota Jarosinska
WHO work on Air Quality and Health: guidelines, tools and capacity building
Project Manager, IOM in Kyrgyzstan
Zulaika Esentaeva
IOM’s Project on Enhancing Migrants’ Awareness on Air Pollution and Moving Towards a "Healthy City Vision" in Bishkek
Programme specialist and team leader at UNICEF Mongolia
Altantsetseg Sodnomtseren
Air pollution and health issues and UNICEF interventions to tackle air pollution
Advisor / Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at GIZ
Eric Hahn
Evidence of air pollution as a major risk factor for mental health and well-being
Head of Association of Practicing Ecologists
Day 1. March 10, 2022
Session #3. Innovative examples of tackling air pollution. International cases
Laura Malikova
Air quality regulations in CA
Program Specialist, United Nations Environment Program, Serbia
Damjan Rehm Bogunović
Tackling air quality in Serbia: from an isolated issue to a coordinated approach
Advisor at GIZ Mongolia
Thorge Ketelhodt
Energy Efficient Building Refurbishment in Mongolia
Environmental Affairs Officer, UNECE
Carolin Sanz Noriega
Capacity-building and awareness-raising under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution
Director, Sustainable Kazakhstan Research Institute
Brendan Duprey
Addressing air pollution through frontier technologies: The case of Almaty, Kazakhstan
Regional Sub-programme Coordinator, Environment Under Review (SP7) and Air Quality (SP5), United Nations Environmental Program
Tomas Marques
Global and regional perspectives on actions on air quality: policies and programmes to reduce air pollution
Environment Agency Austria
Dr. Christian Nagl
Monitoring, reporting and management of air quality in Austria
JSC "Institute of Fuel, Catalysis and Electrochemistry named after D.V. Sokolsky”
Husain Bolatbek
Reducing emissions from cars
copyright: BMLRT/William Tadros
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Director of Experts Services Finnish Meteorological Center
Day 2. March 11, 2022
Session #4. International and regional studies
Harri Pietarila
Study of air quality in Bishkek (UNDP-UNEP assessment undertaken by FMI)
Ph.D., Air Quality Fellow for U.S. Consulate Almaty, Kazakhstan (Director of Transportation, Climate, and Community Air Quality Programs, Sonoma Technology)
Abhilash Vijayan
Transportation Sector: Air Quality Impacts, Challenges, and Solutions
P.h.D. Senior Researcher at the Center of Physical-Chemical Methods of Research and Analysis, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Aiymgul Kerimray
Review of air quality in the cities of Central Asia. Review of international experience of air quality control measures
Ph. D., Senior Lecturer, Department of Analytical, Colloidal Chemistry and Technology of Rare Elements, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
Nasiba Baimatova
Methodology of measuring VOC concentration in the air
Physical Scientist, The United States Environmental Protection Agency
Day 2. March 11, 2022
Plenary Session #5. Air Quality: data management and awareness raising
Robert W. Pinder
U.S. Experience in Managing and Communicating Air Quality Information

Airkaz.org project founder
Pavel Plotitsyn
AQ data collection and management in civil project
Chairman of public organization “Youth group on protection of environment”
Ikromjon Mamadov
Experience of civil air quality monitoring integration Tajikistan. Findings and opportunities
Communications Officer, Climate and Clean Air Coalition, UNEP
Tiy Chung
BreatheLife: A campaign to raise global awareness on air pollution
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