Environment 

A sapling being planted in landslide-prone Archale on World Environment Day 2018

A wide variety of saplings donated by Dabur Nepal were distributed throughout the settlement to improve the vegetation, mitigate landslides, and provide new sources of nutrition and income generation in the long run. Fruit trees and plants such as lychee, pineapple, pomegranate, papaya, lime, macadamia nut, and flowering plants such as globe amaranth, marigold, and chrysanthemum have been planted by landowners in available spaces. On World Environment Day 2018, an event was organized during which more than two hundred trees of various species provided by Dabur Nepal were planted at landslide-prone areas by Bidur Municipality local government leaders, NGO partners of the project, and community members.

Periodic clean-up campaigns are organised by the Aamasamuha, with community members volunteering for the activity. The Aamasamuha attempts to raise awareness on the importance of proper waste management and the adoption of environment-friendly practices. 20 communal dustbins were placed throughout the settlement for better waste disposal and a cleaner community. Each household in Dhungentar also received a smaller dustbin for domestic waste disposal. 

To promote clean energy usage, the project has installed biogas plants in Dhungentar, with households receiving labour assistance and construction material equivalent to NPR 15,000 from the project, in addition to government subsidy. Households constructing toilets (using interlocking compressed stabilised soil blocks) along with biogas plants were given NPR 50,000 by the project. Further, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) conducted an open session on the environmental and health benefits of the community-wide use of clean fuel. Local community members were informed about the benefits of smoke-free kitchens and clean cookstoves and the applicability of the technology in rural settings.

The Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) was involved in promoting solar solutions in Dhungentar. Three solar lamps (3 W each) were distributed to each household in a bid to promote solar energy. Further, 75 solar street lamps were set up across the settlement. These solar lamps operate on two 1,200 W solar panels.


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Saplings being brought for plantation along landslide-prone areas for World Environment Day 2018
Community clean-up campaign in Archale 
Locals gather for the distribution of large communal dustbins
Locals gather for a demonstration by Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) on the environmental and health benefits of clean fuel
Representatives from GACC presenting the benefits of smoke-free kitchens and clean cookstoves