ETV/Nepal is broadcasting conservation 8 hours a day

YAEF, a youth-oriented NGO in Nepal, is expanding from community radio into community television. CEC member Dr. Astaman Kisee Maharjan shares the news: Environmental Television is on the air.

Mt. Everest range view from Mt. Amadablam. Photo: IUCN Nepal

By Dr. Astaman Kisee Maharjan, ETV/Nepal, Executive Chairman

Environmental Television (ETV/Nepal) is the first community-based environmental television in Nepal. We are now regularly broadcasting eight hours daily.The main objective is to broadcast programmes on the environment, health, education, nature and heritage conservation issues. ETV/Nepal was established by the Youth Awareness Environmental Forum (YAEF) Environmental Information Center.

ETV/Nepal is member of Community Television Association, Member of Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA), Member of Community Media Association (CMA) UK and Cambridge Community Television (CCTV).

Radio and television are main sources of information throughout the world. However, government channels of broadcasting have to devote much of their time for broadcasting programmes of national interest. Therefore, they don't have much time to cover issues related to environmental information and public interest issues. Our objective is to establish a television network which will cover all important issues and to reach Katmandu Valley as well as cover all over the world via satellite. Another objective is to study is how a community television station in Nepal can be established and run in an economical and efficient way by utilizing the newly developed broadcasting technology.

The subject matter of programming for ETV/Nepal will mainly include environmental issues, news of current affairs, political awareness for people, information, nature and heritage conservation entertainment. We believe a wide range of people will benefit from our programmes. Currently, our are plans are to broadcast 12 hours daily. Environmental Television Nepal will be dedicated to the preservation and cultivation of the environment. It will help to raise environmental awareness in the community.

Objectives of ETV/Nepal

The main objective is to broadcast programmes on issues related to the environment, health, education, biodiversity, wetland and natural heritages conservation.

  1. Show audiovisual informatoin about Environment, Health, Education, Nature and Heritage.
  2. Facilitate urban life lively and able.
  3. Promote local and community issues and resolution as well as their development in Nepal.
  4. Pay much emphasis in Nature, Culture and Heritage of the Nepal with the help of broadcasting information.
  5. Promote the value for tourism and to promote domestic foreign tourism trade.
  6. Broadcast programme in interactive programs that encourage the attitude to take the matters seriously.
  7. Conserve natural beauty through community as well as national languages such as, Nepal Bhasha, Tamang, etc.
  8. Research in different protection areas of environment, culture, religion , heritage and civilization and broadcast truth to the community.
  9. Promote agricultural-based programme to give knowledge about modern farming technology in this sector.
  10. Raise awareness through environment programmes in the field for the people to protect the environment and save the world.

Programming content:

  1. Environmental Issues.
  2. News and Current affairs.
  3. Talk Shows and Political Programmes.
  4. Education and Information.
  5. Health Awareness and Information.
  6. Nature and Heritage Conservation Programme.
  7. Public Awareness Programme.
  8. Women and Children Awareness Programme.
  9. Human Rights Information.
  10. Community Development and Agriculture.
  11. Entertainment Programmes

ETV Nepal Program Schedule

Morning Show:
6:00-6:30 AM Religious Program
6:30-7:00 AM Slogan
7:00-7:30 AM Education and Health Related Program
7:30-8:00 AM National Geography
8:00-8:30 AM Water and Sanitation Program
8:30-9:00 AM Folk songs
9:00-9:30 AM Social Development News
9:30-10:00 AM Different Culture Songs

Evening Show:
6:00-6:30 PM Climate Change/Wetland conservation Awareness
6:30-7:00 PM Agriculture and Biodiversity
7:00-7:30 PM Heritage Conservation and Social Awareness
7:30-8:00 PM Wild Animal and Sustainability of Jungle
8:00-8:30 PM Day for the Special
8:30-9:00 PM Cultural Documentary Program
9:00-9:30 PM The Story of Jailed
9:30-10:00 PM National Songs

In addition to ETV/Nepal, other current projects include:

  1. Environmental Library - Lalitpur Godawai Area Badegaon
  2. Environmental Monthly Magazine - Lalitpur
  3. Community Radio – 'Environment Cycle Radio F.M.104.2Mhz', Lalitpur
  4. Environmental Information Center - Lalitpur Godawari Area, Badegaon
  5. UN Tree Plantation Campaign - Lalitpur and Bhaktpur Districts.
  6. Environmental Work Campaign - Lalitpur
  7. Community F.M - Madhapurwa Radio F.M.104Mhz, Dhulikhel
  8. Providing Scholarship Programme to Poor and Diligent, 101 Students - Kathmandu Valley
  9. Women Awareness Programme - Kathmandu Valley
  10. Women Skill Development Programme - Kathmandu Valley
  11. Educational Programme in 25 Schools - Lalitpur and Bhaktpaur
  12. Climate Change Awareness Programs - Kathmandu Valley
  13. Water and Sanitation Programme - Dukuchhap VDC, Lalitpur
  14. River Cleaning Programmed in Godawari Area, Lalitpur
  15. Integrated Water Resources Conservation (IWRC) in Water Resources Area Godawari Lalipur.
  16. Community Television Environmental Television,ETV/Nepal

We hope you have found this information constructive. Hoping for your advice and kind co-operation with community television Environmental Television, ETV/Nepal

Dr. Astaman Kisee Maharjan
Member, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication

Executive Chairman, Environmental Television,ETV/Nepal
Youth Awareness Environmental Forum (YAEF/NEPAL)
Environment Cycle Radio F.M.104.2Mhz(ECRFM/Nepal)


Youth Awareness Environmental Forum (YAEF/Nepal) is a community based non-profit media membership organization, established in 1994 A.D. It is registered in Nepal according to the law of press and publication Act 2049 B.S. with purpose to motivate environmental awareness and perform social work through communication as well as other means of organizational activity.

YAEF/Nepal is the member of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN), Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA), Community Media Association (CMA) and World Water Council (WWC),Japan Water Forum (JWF) ,Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) affiliated with United Nation Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Global Water Partnership (GWP). The forum has conducted several programs as co-partner of Children and Youth/Sports and Environment Unit (UNEP).

Youth Awareness Environmental Forum operates Community Radio F.M,.namely, Environment Cycle Radio F.M.104.2Mhz, which is a non-profit community based membership organization. This Radio F.M. is a member of World Association of Community Radio Broadcaster (AMARC).

The Women Division of Community Radio F.M. is a member of AMARC’sWomen International Networks (WIN), and International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) It also conducts the Saraswoti Community Montessori Day Care and Pre-School, Bhaktpur Nepal.


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