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Clean and green - Panauti Municipality

Panauti municipality is rich for its cultural heritage Photo: © IUCN/Amit Poudyal

Project title: Towards developing a model of green municipality: Integrating solid waste and natural resource management practices in Panauti Municipality for improved waste management and local green economy

Location: Panauti Municipality, Kabhrepalanchok District, Nepal

Duration: 2014 – 2017

Project background: Solid waste management has long presented a challenge in the urban area of Nepal. The current practice of dumping solid waste on riverbanks or in open spaces has resulted in serious environmental and public health problems. Panauti Municipality, situated 32 km south-east of Kathmandu, is renowned for its religious and cultural monuments. Due to a lack of technical, human and financial resources, the municipality is facing issues related to solid waste management.  

In order to develop a model of green municipality, IUCN and its partners are working towards demonstrating Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) and Natural Resource Management (NRM) in Panaut. The project also aims to consider the biodiversity, aesthetic, historic and cultural factors of the municipality when developing an effective solid waste management model. 

Objectives of the project:

  • Strengthen the institutional capacity of the Panauti Municipality
  • Identify, test and select the best combined ISWM and NRM practices
  • Document and share the lessons learned from the action to influence national policy and institutional processes

Expected outputs:

  • An upgraded and strengthened Environment and Sanitation Section within the Panauti Municipality Office which has the capacity to develop and implement combined ISWM and NRM plans, programmes and strategies so that there is in place a) a formally endorsed Solid Waste Management (SWM) plan and strategy documents, and b) a mechanism to effectively implement and reach 3,600 households (100%) of the municipality’s urban and semi-urban areas
  • At least five appropriate models of combined ISWM and NRM practices developed and linked with market value chain which will add new source of income for at least eight community groups of 20 persons each, raising at least 50% additional income of the waste pickers, sellers and Kawadiwalas
  • The project experiences and lessons learned are analysed, documented and presented to concerned policymakers, planners and practitioners

Donor: The European Union (EU) Delegation Office, Nepal

Partners: Panauti Municipality; and Women Environment Preservation Committee (WEPCO)

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