- Thursday | 01 Dec, 2011
- Mahmood A. Khwaja, Faisal Haq Shaheen
- Policy Briefs/Papers
With increasing urbanization and economic growth, air pollution is becoming an urgent concern in South Asian countries. The study upon which this paper is based has been conducted at SDPI, to look into and discuss the socioeconomic situation of South Asia, the existing situation of air pollution in the countries/region and the responses, if any, of national governments to air pollution. Among others, the paper makes recommendations, including a legally binding agreement for South Asia (LBA-SA), for strengthening the framework for air pollution reduction at regional and national levels in South Asia.
South Asian countries, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, have carried out a number of projects/ activities for the creation of a meaningful framework to limit air pollution. A greater participation of member states is required and a regional framework is needed for better understanding and cooperation among the member states, on issues relating to air pollution. An effective implementation of a regional framework with shared responsibilities towards air pollution reduction measures across the member countries is vital for sustained economical growth, protection of environment and to safeguard public health, especially of future generations, in the region.