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20th February 2020, New Delhi

As part of the Indo-German Development Cooperation, GIZ India, under the Study and Expert Funds project on “Support to the National Clean Air Programme” supports the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) Government of India and the city of Surat with the objective that, “the strategic and operational implementation of India’s National Clean Air Programme to effectively combat air pollution in selected cities are strengthened”.

The project intends to stimulate understanding and adoption of clean air action plans in the selected cities and states in order to contribute to air pollution mitigation measures. In this regard, a workshop was held in New Delhi on 20th February 2020. The workshop used a collaborative approach to delibrate on prioritising actions so that the targeted pollution reduction of 20 to 30% is achieved cost effectively.

Dr. Axel Friedrich, a senior clean air expert from Germany assessed the Clean Air Action Plans of Surat and other cities and presented his findings during the workshop. He shared his suggestions on how to achieve air pollution reduction and his experiences from Germany as well. The workshop brought together stakeholders and experts currently engaged in planning and implementing clean air action plans with a chance to interact with Dr Friedrich. The stakeholders and experts provided their inputs and suggestions during the brainstorming session with Dr. Friedrich. GIZ facilitated the discussions to discuss potential actions for boosting the implementation of the clean air action plans in the city.

Representatives from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, CPCB, TERI, CSE, Mexican Embassy, SDC amongst others participated in the half-day workshop.

At the end of each session the key takeaways from the thematic breakaway sessions were compiled in a discussion round in order to shortlist actionable points and open-ended points.

At the end of the day, a moderated discussion was conducted to seek inputs from the participants. The groups individually discussed the various challenges and barriers in preparing and implementing the Clean Air Action Plans, the drivers for air pollution reduction.