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Clean Air Network Nepal (CANN)

CAI-Asia’s local network in Nepal is the Clean Air Network Nepal (CANN). It was formed in 2004 to forge collaboration and networking among the relevant stakeholders to tackle the air pollution problem in Nepal. CANN is working as a formal network which consists of individual experts, national government institutions, local and international NGOS and private-sector organizations that are engaged in the promotion and attainment of clean air in Nepal.

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Clean Air Network Nepal And Hetauda Municipality join hand for partnership

The Hetauda Municipality and the Clean Air Network Nepal (CANN) have agreed for establishing partnership to initiate clean air activities at city level.

The memorandum of understanding has been signed and exchanged between two organizations during the signing ceremony held on Dec 21, 2007 at Hetauda Municipality. Mr. Madan Bhujel, Chief executive officer at Hetauda municipality and Mr. Gopal Raj Joshi, Coordinator of CANN have signed on the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.

"Clean Air issues and programs should be introduced and integrated in the city level programs and plan to curb the problem of rising air pollution resulted due to rapid urbanization process. But local cities lack sufficient skill, manpower and technology to initiate clean air activities. In this connection, the partnership with CANN is a good opportunity to build up local capacity on air quality management," said Mr. Min Khadka, Administration Officer at Hetauda Municipality.

"The main objective of CANN is to increase the ability of professionals and other relevant organizations to effectively address the problem of air pollution. Local cities being an important stakeholder, CANN has felt an urgent need for partnerships and networking among the cities" said Mr. Gopal Raj Joshi, Coordinator Clean Air Network Nepal.

The both partners have agreed for:

  • Regular exchange of information on air quality related activities for knowledge management on AQM
  • Building local capacity through workshops, training, seminars and other organizational development activities
  • Developing programs and work plan on AQM
  • Promoting integrated AQM strategies at city level
  • Implement pilot projects
  • Exploring external support and fund to support the city level clean air activities

Introduction for the Accomplishments in 2007 CANN is dedicated in increasing the ability of professionals and other interested stakeholders to effectively address the problems of air pollution in Nepal by sharing knowledge and experiences on air quality management (AQM) on a regular basis; providing inputs to improve policies, plans and programmes for AQM in Nepal; organizing activities to raise awareness on air quality related issues; building local capacity on AQM; promoting integrated air quality management

The section below states the efforts which have been accomplished by CANN in 2007 towards achieving its specific objectives.

Organizational Development

The following activities have been undertaken by CANN in 2007 in the area of organizational development:

  • Strengthening of CANN Secretariat with a resource center and staff;
  • Achieving financial transparency by opening an independent bank account;
  • Forging a partnership with Shree Eco Visionary Pvt.Ltd. (SEV) to mange and coordinate policy, advocacy and education activities under the UNDP Small Grant Project - "Reducing Transport Sector CO2 emissions through Market Segment and Geographical Diversification of Electric Vehicles";
  • Meeting partners to discuss issues and future activities towards AQM improvement

Knowledge Management

The following activities were undertaken by CANN in the area of Knowledge Management and Public Awareness:

  • Facilitation of discussions and information sharing among the network members through a listserv [email protected] which currently has 85 members;
  • Establishment of the CANN webpage thorough the Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) website:
  • Initiation of a school-based awareness program on the causes and impact of air pollution;
  • Awareness campaign on the theme "My Responsibility for Clean Air" which is focused on mitigating the tire-burning problem in Kathmandu in co-ordination with CEN and the Free Students Union
  • Public exhibit and signature campaign during the Environmental Day 2007;
  • Publishing 5 issues of the e-newsletter "Clean Air News";
  • Conducted a pilot study entitled "Lung Function Test of School Kids of Kathmandu Valley" to assess the effect of air pollution on the functioning of the lungs of children who are exposed to air pollution

Capacity Building

In the area of capacity building, the following activities were undertaken in 2007:

  • Participation in the Rapid Urban Environment Assessment training organized by ICIMOD and SEI;
  • Regular interaction with students through the Green Youth Network;
  • Organized an orientation and demonstration program on handling air quality monitoring equipments with the Environment Public Health Organization, ICIMOD and SEI;
  • Conducted a stakeholder forum on "Male Declaration on Control & Prevention of Air Pollution & Its Likely Trans-boundary Effect for South Asia"

Policy Dialogue and Networking

The following are the efforts of CANN towards policy dialogue and networking towards better AQM in Nepal:

  • Policy advocacy campaign for the removal of diesel-run bikram tempos;
  • Organized a networking meeting for Brick kiln-related issues;
  • Participation in the stakeholder meeting of the "Male Declaration" ;
  • Policy Advocacy for EVs

Implementation and Investments

CANN is an implementing partner of the Shree Eco Visionary Pvt. Ltd. Project- "Reducing Transport Sector CO2 emissions through Market Segment and Geographical Diversification of Electric Vehicles." As a part of the project, CANN accomplished the following activities in 2007:

  • Exploratory survey in project sites;
  • Organized half-day stakeholder consultation as a part of the process of formulating strategies and building partnerships for the project;
  • Consultation with local transport entrepreneurs in Galyang, Waling, Hetauda and Dharan on the possibility of EVs in their areas;
  • Electric vehicles designed to cater various services to tourists were officially launched on the occasion of World Tourism Day;
  • Adoption of a strategy towards improved mass education and awareness about clean vehicles

Introduction for Work Plan The tentative work plan of CANN for 2008 is as presented below. It may undergo through some changes depending upon the availability of resources for the activities.

Organizational Development

The activities for organizational development in 2008 are:

  • Review and update the information of the CANN members and partners ;
  • Prepare a detailed information list of members and partners;
  • Update and review the CANN Charter and strategy;
  • Convene the general meeting of the partners and members;
  • Formalize the partnership and membership with partners and members through an MoU;
  • Extend the partnership with at least two cities outside the Kathmandu valley;
  • Strengthen the secretariat with resource and manpower

Knowledge Management

The following knowledge management activities are to be undertaken in 2008:

  • Continuation of the Listserve ;
  • Reformat the CANN web pages in the CAI-Asia and CEN websites ;
  • Regular publication of the e-newsletter ;
  • National Air Quality meet ;
  • Regular interaction program ;
  • Update Air Quality Management Information Database for Nepal;
  • Prepare a report on PM10 level in Kathmandu;
  • Support AQ related research of students; Exhibition and other mass education programs;
  • Publication of annual report and papers on various topics to support advocacy and mass education;
  • Update the health impacts study carried out by CEN and KEVA

Capacity Building

The following capacity building activities are planned for 2008:

  • Training workshop for local journalists for effective reporting on air pollution issues;
  • Stakeholders partnership building workshop;
  • Conference of Cities for Clean Air

Policy Dialogue and Networking

The following activities are planned for 2008:

  • Maintain close links with Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MoEST), international donor agencies and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Networking through national & international conferences

Implementation and Investments

The following tasks are planned for 2008:

  • Declaring a vehicle-free zone in pocket areas of the Valley;
  • Mass education and advocacy program for improving Inspection and maintenance systems for air pollution;
  • Exhibition and other mass education program;
  • School- based program in 25 schools;
  • Youth-oriented program in 5 colleges;
  • Clean Air Awareness Activities in Cities outside the Kathmandu Valley;
  • Activities under the project "Reducing Transport Sector CO2 emissions through Market Segment and Geographical Diversification of Electric Vehicles

CANN Newsletter


The "Clean Air in Nepal" blog is where Clean Air Network-Nepal (CANN) members share news, views and experiences on clean air and climate change issues. Click this link to view the blog To submit comments, contact the CANN Coordinator, Gopal Raj Joshi ([email protected] or [email protected])


Name: Gopal Raj Joshi
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