Publications

Urban Mobility in Kathmandu: Status and Trend (MaYA, Factsheet 1 )

This factsheet provides information on existing status and scenario of urban transport system in Kathmandu Valley and provides recommendation to make it more efficient, accessible, equitable and sustainable.

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Walkability in Kathmandu Valley: Walking, Our Right-of- Way (MaYA, Factsheet 2)

This factsheet provides information on existing status and scenario of walking in Kathmandu Valley and provides recommendation to make the city more walkable.

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Cycling in Kathmandu Valley: Pedal for Equity and Sustainability (MaYA, Factsheet 3)

This factsheet presents the current scenario of cycling environment in Kathmandu/Nepal, its contribution to better urban mobility, existing policies and plans for cycling infrastructures development, sharing international best practices/success stories, and recommends policies and programs to promote cycling culture in Kathmandu Valley and other the cities of Nepal.

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Public Transportation in Kathmandu Valley:Restructuring and Reforming the System (MaYA, Factsheet 4)

This factsheet shows the status of public transport system in Kathmandu Valley and the initiative on improving the public transportation

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Air Quality Status and Management in Kathmandu Valley:  Make the City Air Breathable  (MaYA, Factsheet 5)

This factsheet provides information on the current status and scenario of air pollution in Kathmandu Valley and ways ahead  for better air quality.

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Green Homes Newsletter- June 2014

Pages from NewsletterGreen Homes – the Sustainable Housing is an initiative that promotes housing systems which reduce pressure on natural resources and carbon emissions, thus resulting in human wellbeing, social equity, and promotion of green economy. Energy efficiency in buildings, eco-friendly practices for water and waste management at household level such as rainwater harvesting, and wastewastewater recycling. Green homes are more than just green buildings – theyreflect a sustainable lifestyle based on eco-friendly systems and behavior.

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Training Manual on Rooftop Gardening

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The 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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Tools For the Assesment of School And Hospital Safety for Mukti-Hazards in South Asia

The toolkit is a joint effort by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UN-Habitat ROAP) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Asia Pacific Secretariat in partnership with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Disaster Management Centre (SDMC).
The Governments of India, Nepal and Pakistan rendered a wide range of support. The Toolkit benefitted from technical inputs from ADB Nepal, UNDP India, UNESCO Pakistan, UN-Habitat Nepal and UN-Habitat Pakistan, WHO Nepal and the Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium (NRRC).
Hospital Safety Toolkit Book 1: New Design [PDF] [XLS]
Hospital Safety Toolkit Book 2: Retro Maintenance [PDF] [XLS]
School Safety Toolkit Book 1: New Design [PDF] [XLS]
School Safety Toolkit Book 2: Retro Maintenance [PDF] [XLS]
 
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Sanitation Compendium (Nepali Version)
The Nepali version of the “Compendium”, which was jointly published by the Department of Water Supply and Sewerage, UN-Habitat, WSSCC and EAWAG is a translation of the original “Compendium” published in 2008 with slight modification to suit the Nepalese context. Primarily designed for engineers and planners, the also allows non-experts to understand the major advantages and limitations of different kinds of technologies and the appropriateness of different system configurations. It is envisaged that this will allow all stakeholders to be involved in selecting improved sanitation technologies and to help promote people-centred solutions to real sanitation problems.
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Nepal Urban Housing Sector Profile
Today, the housing situation in Nepal, especially for the urban poor, remains far from adequate. Indeed, urban dwellers in Nepal have been finding it increasingly difficult to afford housing due to rapid price rises in land. Such is the challenge that the Government of Nepal approached UN-HABITAT to help it formulate its new national housing policy. This publication, the Nepal Housing Sector Profile, is a comprehensive, in-depth outcome of that request.

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Status and Strategy for Faecal Sludge Management in The Kathmandu Valley
In the Kathmandu Valley, around 70% of the households dispose their excreta directly into the sewer line while remaining 30% of the households still depend on onsite systems such as pit latrines and septic tanks. Onsite sanitation systems are prevalent mostly in the peri-urban areas of the Kathmandu Valley. The study shows that 30% of households in urban areas of Lalitpur, 8% in Bhaktapur and 18% in Kathmandu Districts still use septic tanks for disposal of excreta while in the peri-urban areas more than 50% of the households use such onsite systems. Even though there are service providers for feacal sludge collection, due to absence of a proper faecal sludge management (FSM) system almost all the collected sludge is discharged into rivers. Thus, there is an urgent need for a proper FSM system in the Kathmandu Valley. Such system could be operated through a public private partnership approach under a responsible institution/authority. By establishing the FSM system in Kathmandu it will be a good demonstration for other urban or peri-urban areas and emerging towns in the country facing similar sanitation problems.

This is a joint publication of UN-HABITAT and High Powered Committee for Integrated Development of Bagmati Civilisation which highlights issues on FSM system in the Kathmandu Valley with recommendation and strategies for its improvement.

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Nepal Country Impact Study , Document 03 |UN-Habitat

This document is an internal Nepal country impact study of initiatives supported by UN-HABITAT’s Water and Sanitation Trust Fund (WSTF) undertaken by a team of international consultants. The objective of the WSTF is to bring in new investment and ideas, expand service coverage for poor urban dwellers, and help build momentum for achieving the MDGs.

 UN-HABITAT is a newcomer to the Urban WATSAN sector in Nepal, but has managed to establish itself as a notable development partner in this field. UNHABITAT’s comparative advantage is its focus on the complex problem of the urban poor, the ability to integrate WSS approaches across the urban sector, and community involvement from the outset of the project.

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