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Bringing India’s AQ ecosystem together for clean air

 

At present, India is the fifth most polluted country in the world; and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution reduces the average Indian life expectancy by 6.3 years. Poor air quality (AQ) directly affects the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and the environment, requiring urgent action for clean air in India. 

 

While civil society is working hard to tackle air pollution, the scale of the AQ crisis demands deeper partnerships and collaborations across the ecosystem from diverse stakeholders – government, civil society, academia, etc. However, various gaps ranging from a lack of awareness of the composition and diversity of actors, to these actors working in silos in the AQ ecosystem are hindering ecosystem-wide collaborations, regional interdisciplinary partnerships, knowledge-sharing, and funding for innovative AQ solutions. 

 

India Clean Air Connect exists to bring together diverse air quality actors and build a thriving ecosystem, by amplifying the efforts of diverse organisations and actors, to a larger ecosystem, including funders.  

About India Clean Air Connect

India Clean Air Connect is an outcome of a 2021-22 study executed by Sensing Local, and supported by the India Climate Collaborative and EdelGive Foundation, to map and assess India’s growing air quality ecosystem, which also resulted in a report detailing the ecosystem, its actors, and their roles.

The study involved engaging with a diverse set of organisations across India that are working to tackle air pollution consisting of scientists, lawyers, journalists, campaigners, entrepreneurs, researchers, public health experts etc., in order to:
 

  • Map diverse efforts to tackle air quality and where they are being undertaken 

  • Aggregate trends of challenges faced in air quality work and types of data knowledge sources dominantly used 

  • Communicate opportunities for funding and collaborations that support air quality work 

  • Understand shared priorities by sector, discipline and region​

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