Second Country Media Briefing on Air Quality and Urban Mobility
Colombo, April 27,2011
Almost every South Asian city today is reeling under severe air pollution and gridlocked urban traffic. Colombo has the advantage of having the sea by its side, but it is still struggling with polluting fuels, outdated vehicle technologies and rising numbers of private vehicles leading to massive congestion.
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi, and TVE Asia Pacific, Colombo, invite you to attend a Media Briefing on the Challenges of Air Quality and Mobility Management in Cities in South Asia. The details of the briefing are as under:
VENUE: Lecture Hall 1, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI), 100 Independence Square, Colombo, Sri Lanka DAY & DATE: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 TIME: 9:30 AM onwards
New Delhi-based CSE, a research and advocacy institution, has been a pioneer in campaigning for clean air in cities. In the mid and late 1990s, it had successfully initiated a campaign to improve Delhi’s air quality; the campaign resulted in the introduction of CNG as the fuel of choice in the city’s public transport. In the last decade and a half, CSE has continued to work towards providing solutions in terms of policy change.
This meeting is the second in a series of country media briefings that CSE is planning across the South Asian region, the first having been held in Dhaka. In it, we will look forward to understanding the nature of the problem menacing our cities, as Delhi and Colombo learn from each other's experiences. Experts from CSE and Sri Lanka would be addressing the participating media people. We will also hope to join hands in battling these problems and in arriving at viable and sustainable solutions.
Please do join us at the briefing.
Participation at the Briefing is open to journalists working in Sri Lanka.
There is no participation / registration fee.
All we need is an email from you confirming your participation. The email should contain your contact details.
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