Environmental problems exists in Nepal at large.
Be it solid waste haphazardly thrown in the streets, toxic dumped in the river from industries and human households,
public space turned into an ugly and stinky garbage site, groundwater contaminated with naturally occuring slow poison - Arsenic or
the adverse consquences in the environment due to rampant urbanization, they all impose threat to human health and the
Nevertheless, these problems can be solved. Some may require adaptation to good habits like recycling, reusing and reducing of waste generation while some may require application of special or alternative solutions. However, we believe that efforts made to deal with the issues on a one off basis would not be effective due to the absence of collectively mobilized and collaborative efforts involving all concerned stakeholders in dealing with the problem.
As long as the people of the locality do not come forward in solving their own problems, no catered development can be sustained. Local people are well aware of their local problems, hence, they also have the solutions that would best solve their problems. Therefore, community participation is a must from problem identification to planning to implementation and maintainence phases to ensure long lasting achievement. As such, it is imperative that people are made aware of their roles and responsibilities, benefits they would acheive as a result of thier contribution, and are encouraged to activily participate in building a healthier and a safer world around themeselves.
It is this key to success that WATO envisions to unlock by developing awareness among the concerned stakeholders that it is in their own hands to develop their own communities healthier and safer for themselves. Every project that WATO initiates is aimed at leading people by example that even a small effort, if executed in a united fashion, can produce remarkable results.
As its name stands, the true meaning and aim of WATO is to develop positive thinking at every individual's core level (mind and heart) that the power to bring positive changes is in our own hands.
"WE ARE THE ONES" responsible for taking care of our communities and our planet and united we can do it.
Urban Forestry Project in Kathmandu
Kathmandu has witnessed a significant increase in its population over the last
few years as it has become the preferred destination for internal human migration.
Naturally, to accommodate the basic needs of these ever-increasing inhabitants,
a number of infrastructures (houses, shopping malls, hospitals, roads, industries)
have been constructed, while many more are underway.
These new developments may have brought some level of comfort in our lives, but the haphazard developments
have also played their part in destroying the greenery in the valley. We are cutting down trees making
spaces for the urban infrastructures, and as we continue doing this, Kathmandu,
which once used to be a clean, green, and a healthy city, is fast loosing its
greenery, and, now, resembles a "concrete jungle".
WATO Nepal is determined to restore the lost greenery in the valley. And, it has alredy embarked
on its journey to introducing Urban Forestry in Kathamndu. For the last four years, the
organization has been collaborating with govenrment agencies, corporate houses, and environmental heroes
around the globe in raising awareness and resources. So far, we have planted 1000 trees along the streets of major
areas of the city (Singhadarbar area, Gaushala area, Ratopool area, Kamalpokhari area).
We just did not plant trees, clapped, and forgot about them. We made it a point to make sure that the planted trees survived.
Trees we have planted so far have grown healthy and big, and our success stories so far (with the support of everyone involved)
have given us the driving energy to continue doing this in the future. Five years from now, WATO Nepal sees a greener Kathmandu with another 5000 trees in the streets.
Open Space Preservation
The need for open space preservation in Kathmandu city is alarming.
If you google trying to locate available public spaces in Kathmandu,
you will be surprised to see that there are not many; you can count them in your
hands. Now, this fact is alarming for the city with the largest population in the
country because in the absence of open spaces in the communities not only are people
deprived from reaping recreational, social and ecological benefits
open spaces provide, but are also vulnerable to difficult situations during natural disasters.
WATO Nepal had constructed a Community park in Gyaneswor in 2004, and has been
taking care of its maintenance to date. The park has proven itself to be the
favorite hangout of people of all ages in the community as it serves them in many
As part of our continuous effort in preserving open spaces, we are constantly looking for opportunites
to replicate our success in other parts of the city.
Comprehensive database of polluted sites across Nepal
In partnership with European Commission and UNIDO, Blacksmith Insitute had initiated
Global Inventory Project. The project seeked to identify and assess world's
most polluted places. The project was later also funded by Asian Development Bank.
WATO Nepal, as the local partner organization, investigated a number of sites accross the country during the project.
As part of the project work, field visits were carried out, interactions were held with the
concerned stakeholders, relevant information were analyzed and pollution samples were tested in lab
facilities. As an outcome of the initial site assessment, a country strategy paper was developed.
It is expected that, the GIP results will be used to assess the toll of pollution in human health
and mobilize resources to remediate worst of these sites.
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