World Bank Country Director is impressed

World Bank Nepal country director Mr. Johannes Zutt said he is “very impressed” while visiting two of the UN Habitat project sites – “Community based Decentralized Waste Water Treatment System” at Sunga in Madhyapur Thimi Municipality and Open Defecation Free (ODF) campaign in Nangkhel, Bhaktapur. The visit was organized by GSF programme as Mr. Zutt wanted to learn about the sanitation movement in Nepal prior to his visit to the UN General Assembly to present to UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon. Continue reading

GREEN HOMES: Promoting Sustainable Housing in Nepal

3 May, 2013
Kathmandu, Nepal

Housing sector has a significant contribution to urban economies in cities. 18% of total urban employment in Nepal is said to be contributed by construction industries. On the demand side there will be need of an additional 1 million urban houses in the decade of 2011 to shelter urban population. To meet this demand with the conventional building practices will contribute notoriously to pollution and climate change factors. Nepalese cities are facing challenges in water scarcity, waste management and environmental pollution. Growing climate variability is also likely to exacerbate pressure on the urban services. To enhance sustainability and adapting climate change impacts, it is imperative to include eco-friendly practices and to curb the energy consumption in the housing sector – both embodied in construction materials as well as operational. Continue reading

UN-Habitat launches call for Urban Youth Fund applications

UN-Habitat  launched a call for applications for the Urban Youth Fund for 2013.

In a press release, the agency announced that the Fund will for the fifth year in a row provide grants to projects led by young people aged 15-32 years who are piloting innovative approaches to employment, good urban governance, shelter and secure tenure. Small development initiatives are eligible for grants up to $25,000. These grants aim at promoting youth empowerment as the solution for better urban governance.

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Marking World Habitat Day 2012 in Nepal…

World Habitat Day has been observing globally on every first Monday of October since 1986. UN-Habitat selected “Changing Cities, Building Opportunities” the theme for this year.

Marking World Habitat Day 2012, UN-Habitat, Nepal jointly with Government of Nepal (GoN) and various other stakeholders conducted various activities in Nepal. Continue reading

Total Sanitation Campaign Moving Ahead by Preserving Indigenous Culture in Bardiya

Nepal is a multi-cultural multi lingual and multi-religious country with a considerable ethnic diversity, consisting of more than 100 ethnic groups. It is a stark reality that most of the ethnic communities’ are struggling to retain their culture and traditions in the face of rapid economic growth and modernization Continue reading

Training Manual on Rooftop Marketing

RTF1_Page_01The immensely dense settlement of Kathmandu Valley is exploring possibilities of greening the city by promoting Kausi Kheti– the rooftop farming. The continuously increasing vegetable price and the unsafe and poor quality of vegetables found in the market is attracting urban population to this green solution. Management of waste and waste water at household level, and addressing the climate change agenda by reducing the carbon footprint and increasing adaptability, municipalities are encouraged to promote this sustainable alternative. To promote self-initiation of those interested UN-Habitat along with its partners has published the rooftop farming training manual. This Do It Yourself type manual is expected to help to start farming by self-initiators.

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