The US Consulate General, Karachi hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on April 6 called “Karachi Air Quality in 2021 and Beyond”.
The roundtable brought together policymakers, climate change experts, and diplomatic community members based in Karachi to explore the benefits of using low-cost air quality monitoring programs to measure and track air pollutants.
The U.S. Department of State has installed more than 60 reference-grade air quality monitors worldwide, including four in Pakistan.
Real-time outdoor air quality data from these monitors helps scientists and policymakers address air quality around the world and is transparently available to the public.
U.S. Consul General Robert Silberstein and Murtaza Wahab, adviser to the Chief Minister of Sindh on Environment, Climate Change and Coast Development, delivered keynote remarks.
“Accurate data allows us to make better decisions and to understand the problem,” said Consul General Silberstein.
“If we can improve Karachi’s air quality, we will see significant economic and social benefits, because cleaner air leads to better health and productivity, as well as savings on medical expenses for air pollution-related health problems.”
Other panellists gave presentations on the U.S. Mission to Pakistan’s air quality monitors and outlined policy interventions to reduce air pollutants.
Diplomatic representatives from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, and Japan also shared their experiences using air quality monitors and ways to improve air quality in Karachi.