Clean Air Asia has been working in India since 2008, engaging with Indian cities for better air quality management and aligning with our overall work program on broad air quality interventions. We provide scientific input to city governments for better air quality, particularly in the context of facilitating Clean Air Action Plans (CAAPs) and education/communication for cleaner air. The focus of our work in India is cities with high impact potential and the potential for leveraging wider change. We are currently working with more than 30 cities across the country to assess management capacity in preparation for the development of CAAPs, and are facilitating air action in key cities by providing support for air quality monitoring, capacity building, and direct interventions focused on mitigation and solutions. Our India team also established a Clean Air Knowledge Network (CAKN) - a forum that connects air quality experts and practitioners from across India and city officials to share resources and knowledge on air quality issues, find solutions and explore partnerships.We also developed the VAYU (Value Air You Use) app that tracks air quality in 38 Indian cities and allows users to take a pledge and set milestones.
A major component of our work in India is education for better air quality. This involves working with children, parents and schools to improve air quality for better air health for children. Our programs focus on monitoring and promoting air quality as a strong component of road safety and child-friendly spaces/cities.
We also engage youth in seeking solutions and innovative ideas to improve air quality. Our Youth Clean Air Network (YCan) is working for better air quality through campaigns, surveys and solutions in multiple cities in India.