Local Monitoring Committees

Local Monitoring Committees guarantee a transversal approach on air quality issues, in each territory.

Active throughout the project, LMCs gather stakeholders working in the field of air quality. These stakeholders accompany the project activities in each territory during the three years (36 months) and for the different phases of the action plan:

  • Development of territorial diagnosis,
  • Strengthening monitoring devices,
  • Implementation of the information platform and decision support,
  • Implementation and monitoring of territorial pilot projects.

At each of these steps, the LMC is a forum for consultation and dialogue and also preparation of important decisions such as those relating to the equipment and necessary; infrastructure and additional campaigns measures. LMC is also the place to define the specifications (equipment, models, campaigns etc..).

 

LMC is a multidisciplinary and pluralist body composed of each territory partner with all the relevant stakeholders on air quality in the involved territory. These actors can be public or private and may be local, regional, national or even international.

During the launch meeting of the project (Tripoli, Lebanon, 17, 18 and 19 April 2012), four major themes were identified to select LMC stakeholders:

  • Buildings, urban planning, travel, lifestyle and consumption;
  • Health;
  • Energy choices;
  • Biodiversity, environmental resources.

The presence of four thematic representative actors at different levels is considered as a prerequisite for the launch of a project on the governance of air quality. It is also a step forward in the search for sustainability in the LMC life.

 

The four partners share common challenges in governance of air quality, but they are also characterized by very deep institutional, administrative, economic and cultural differences.

For instance, the selection of LMC stakeholders is performed by responsible partners, taking into account the division of powers on the themes mentioned above, between local regional and national action level. Similarly, implementation and monitoring of LMC should be adapted to the specificities of each partner.

The LMC is initiated and supervised in each territory by the project partners:

  •  In Marseille by Marseille, AIRPACA and the Institute of the Mediterranean;
  •  In Valencia the IVE and the University of Valencia Polibienestar;
  •  In Aqaba by ASEZA;
  • In Tripoli, El Mina and Beddaoui by Metro Al Fayhaa.

Moreover, Al Fayhaa Urban Community and ASEZA have in their budget some funds dedicated to the recruitment of "territorial facilitators" whose mission would be to assist in the preparation, coordination and supervision of their LMC.

The preparation of LMC therefore includes the following steps:

  • Identification and recruitment of facilitators by ASEZA territorial and urban community Al Fayhaa;
  • Set the date of the first meeting of LMC;
  • Identification of members of the LMC;
  • Dispatch of invitations early enough to allow all stakeholders to participate.