Symposium on Environment Pollution

Symposium: Environment Pollution

Date: 14 October 2018

Time: 16:00-18:10

Hall: TBC

 

Environment pollution is of rising concern to thriving cities of Nepal. Rapid  but  unplanned  urbanization  is  adding  polluting  agents  to environment in an alarming rate. Unsafe disposal of hazardous and biomaterials is also worsening the cleanliness of the environment. City inhabitants are already experiencing nontrivial impact of geometric growth of contaminants in air and water. Negative consequences of pollution is now spilling over to sub-urban and village areas. The symposium will mainly discuss the current state of pollution in air and water resources, environmental policies of the government of Nepal and effective environment restoration mechanisms.

 

Focus:

Environment Pollution, Government Policy for Clean Environment, Policy Gaps, NRN Experts’ Role

 

Background:

Environment pollution is of a serious concern to thriving cities of Nepal. Rapid,  but  unplanned,  urbanization, increasing number of vehicles and energy consumption, emissions from industries, heating, and burning woods and other trash materials, trans-boundary air pollution;  chemical uses in agriculture, poor and failing septic systems, exposed ground surfaces leading to excessive dust in the air, poor disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, and other activities are leading to environmental degradation at an alarming rate. Environmental pollution is degrading air, water, and soil quality in addition to damaging wildlife habitat, and deteriorating recreational uses of natural resources. Environmental pollution has not only threaten public health, it is adversely affecting the aesthetics, tourism, ecological integrity, and economic activities in the cities. Unsafe disposal of hazardous and biomaterials is spreading highly toxic substances which are often long lasting in the environment. City inhabitants are already experiencing nontrivial impact of geometric growth of contaminants in air and water, and, there is a strong public call for immediate control on environmental pollution and ecological restoration. Negative consequences of pollution is now spilling over to sub-urban and village areas. The symposium will focus mainly in Kathmandu Valley and its peri-urban areas and will discuss the current state of air, water, and soil pollution; solid wastes, hazardous waste management, sewage treatment, Underground Storage Tanks, storm water management, and relevant policy papers including environmental remediation and restoration. The symposium expects to come up with a comprehensive view of Environmental Pollution of Nepal but focusing on Kathmandu Valley based on scientific findings and eventually lay grounds for future environmental research and develop policy guidelines in a very coordinated and effective way. This symposium intends to bring knowledge, skills and technologies from Nepalese diaspora  across the globe to a common platform where Nepalese environmental scientists, researchers, and policy makers and other stakeholders bring their on-the-ground experiences, scientific understandings, remediation measures, and policy issues in relation to environmental pollution and its control.

 

Coordinators:

Dr Mahesh Rupakheti, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany

Dr Durga D. Poudel, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Dr Udhab Raj Khadka, Asta-Ja Research and Development Center, Kathmandu, Nepal

Program Schedule

Symposium 4: Enviornmental Pollution
14 October 2018, 16:00-18:10, Malhar Hall
Chair: Er Ganesh Shah, Moderator: Dr Udhab Khadka
Speaker/panelistTopicInstitute Email
GuestBidya Sundar Shakya, MrMayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan city
InvitedMaheswar Rupakheti Dr, Yadav P Joshi DrAir pollution in Nepal: A major challenge to national development goalsSusKat, IASS, Berlin, Germanymaheswar.rupakheti@iass-potsdam.de
Rapid FireShila MaskeyEnvironmental effects of nanoparticle exposures: Development of a method for  characterization of PM 2.5 produced from biomass burningDepartment of Environmental Science, Patan Multiple Campus, Lalitpur, Nepalsheilamaskey@gmail.com
Rapid FireBhupendra DasMunicipal solid waste open burning and its impact on human health and climate in NepalCentral Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepalbhupenids@gmail.com
Rapid FireShristi ShresthaAssessment of indoor air pollution and associated health impacts in households equipped with and without biogas: A case from Amlekhganj, NepalCentral Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepalshresthashristi02@gmail.com
Rapid FireRanjit PariyarIn-vehicle air pollution of passenger vehicles in Kathmandu ValleyCentral Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, NepalRanjit.p2047@gmail.com
Rapid FireRashmita ShakyaCharacterization of Ledachate and water samples collected form landfill sites and surrounding sater bodies in KathmanduCentral Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepalshakyarashmita@ymail.com
ContributedNabin AryalBiogas upgrading technology in the context of NepalBiological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University, Hangovej 2, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmarkaryalnabin@gmail.com
Rapid FireNirmal Babu AryalQualitative and quantitative gap assessment of soil waste generation and Disposal in Kathmandu and Lalitpur of NepalKathmandu Universitynirmal.aryal@student.ku.edu.np
Rapid FireSandila ShresthaBiogas production for organic waste management: A case study of canteen's organic waste management technical support center, Lalitpur, NepalCentral Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepalsandilashrestha@gmail.com
ContributedSher Bahadur GurungQuantification of nonpoint source pollution from urban catchments and evaluation of green technologies to reduce the negative impacts of urbanizationKongju National Universitygurungsb@kongju.ac.kr
Panel Discussion and Q&ABhusan Tuladhar, Mr, Purna Subedi, MaheswarUN-HABITAT, KATHMANDU, NEPALbhushan.tuladhar@gmail.com
Bishnu Chapagain, DrNyayik Sansar, Asta Ja RDC, Kathmandu, Nepalbishnu.bgu@gmail.com
BN Oli, DrSecretary of the Ministry of Forests and Environmentbn_oli@yahoo.com
Keshab Paudel, DrMedical Director at Lovelace Health System.keshab_paudel@hotmail.com
Udhab Khadka, DrAsta Ja, RDC, Kathmandu Nepaludhabk@yahoo.com
Bidya Sundar Shakya, MrSpecial RemarksMayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan city
SummaryGanesh Shah, Ershahganesh@gmail.com
PosterAshish SinghField evaluation of air quality sensor in the Kathmandu ValleySusKat, IASS, Berlin, GermanyAshish.Singh@iass-potsdam.de
PosterBhupendra LamaDrinking water quality analysis, community survey and sanitary inspection of Gundu drinking water scheme, Bhaktapur, NepalCentral Department oof Microbiology, IOST, TUbhupendralama0116@gmail.com
PosterDurga D. Poudel, Arjun Aryal, Sahas Shrestha, Prem Bhandari, and Ajay BhandariAsta-Ja USA initiative for Kathmandu Valley environmental pollution controlAsta-Ja USAddpoudel@gmail.com
PosterKeshav Parajuli, DrKathmandu’s persistent waste problem and how to tackle it United Nations University, GermanyParajuli@vie.unu.edu
PosterKhadak MahataMaking invisible visible- emerging ozone pollution in the Kathmandu ValleySusKat, IASS, Berlin, GermanyKhadak.Mahata@iass-potsdam.de
PosterMaiya Pahari Current status of solid waste management in Ratnanagar Municipality Kathmandu Universitymaiya14pahari@gmail.com
PosterSujan Sapkota Impact of climate change on glaciers: A caste study of Hidden Valley, Nepal Kathmandu Universitysujansapkota27@gmail.com
PosterYadav P Joshi, Dr; Maheswar Rupakheti, Dr; Amod Pokhrel, Dr; Anobha Gurung, Dr; Rudra P Arya, Dr; Puru Shrestha, DrAir pollution in Nepal: A major challenge to National development goalsNRNA USAyadavjoshi@gmail.com; purushrestha05@gmail.com
PosterRasmila Kawan, Parth Sarathi Mahapatra, Siva Praveen Puppala, Arnico K. Panday, Rainer SauerbornBiomass smoke effects on cardiovascular health of the women in rural villages of Lumbini, NepalICIMOD, Khumaltar, Nepal, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg, GermanyRasmila.kawan@gmail.com
PosterDeepak Lohani, Yadav Prasad Joshi, Puru ShresthaSaGa technology: An effective technique in organic waster management in NepalOrganic Life, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepaldeepak.lohani@gmail.com