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Indore: Increasing Community Participation in Air Pollution Mitigation – Executive Summary


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Building Healthy Cities (BHC) project led an innovative air pollution study in Indore, India. The purpose of the study was to assess opportunities for community participation in both measuring and identifying main sources of air pollution; and mitigation measures using local data from low-cost air quality sensors (LCS). This work is increasingly urgent as the evidence demonstrates significant impacts from air pollution on maternal health outcomes, including low birth weight and stillbirths. 

The study focused on 19 strategic locations, covering residential, industrial, commercial, and traffic locations. The data collection for this mixed-method participatory research study occurred between March 2021 and March 2022. This executive summary shares highlights from the study. Read the full report

This study was conducted in close consultation with Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board and Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL), and with implementation support from the Indore School of Social Work (ISSW), TD Environmental Services, and Skymet Weather Services. This work is continuing in Indore through ISCDL and the Confederation of Indian Industries.

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