The Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) Transport Working Group, with support from the Asia LEDS Partnership (ALP), organized a roundtable discussion last September 13, 2016 at Pasig City, Philippines. The activity aimed to scope transport priorities in Asia and how the LEDS GP Transport Working Group and the ALP can provide capacity building support.
The discussion was moderated by Ms. Angela Enriquez of the World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and Mr. Ashish Rao-Ghorpade of ICLEI South Asia Secretariat. Participants included representatives from development partners working in various LEDS projects on transport in the Asia region. These included Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Clean Air Asia (CAA).
During the discussion, partners discussed the various projects happening on the ground and the challenges they have identified. Ms. Enriquez asked participants to provide inputs on what they saw were the capacity building priorities in the countries where they worked. In response to this, the group recommended that the fundamentals in understanding how sustainable transport fits in the overall scheme of a city needs to be explained more efficiently and needs to be more understandable for policymakers. These efforts can be followed up by one-on-one consultations with national and subnational decision makers to discuss where they can go in-depth with planning and implementing low carbon transport actions.
The group also echoed that transport technologies are critical in innovating and modernizing the current transport options in the region and that this can be a good umbrella topic from which more specific concerns from the different countries can be taken into consideration. This can be the focus of the Transport Working Group’s future engagements.
The The LEDS Transport Working Group, with support from the ALP, envisions to launch a Transport Community of Practice which will offer opportunities for Asian countries to share knowledge and strengthen their capacities in developing more sustainable transport systems that will meet the demands of urbanization, while at the same time, enabling economic growth and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.