Regional workshop on air pollution and health in Nepal and the HKH

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Background

Recent advances in the field of air pollution research, specifically in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH), highlight the fact that the problem extends beyond local concerns to transboundary issues. With pollutants reaching alarming levels, there are far-reaching and hazardous consequences on environmental and human health. Although air pollution has caught the attention of the public and policymakers, a considerable gap still exists in the general understanding regarding the health impacts of air pollution in the HKH region, considering the wide range of air pollution sources, pollution transport, exposure patterns, and the region’s complex geography. The lack of coordination among different organizations working on similar air pollution-related research is a significant problem. Further, the research underway within the region at times is so incoherent that it is difficult for policy makers to formulate impactful, focused policy. 

Accordingly, it is necessary to facilitate a platform for collaboration and sharing among relevant stakeholders and researchers in different aspects of air pollution and public health, primarily in Nepal and broadly in the HKH region. A regional workshop on air pollution and health in Nepal and the HKH is therefore being organized by ICIMOD and the University of Nottingham from 13 to 14 June 2019 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop will bring together medical practitioners, atmospheric scientists, sociologists, and policy makers from across the region to discuss and communicate the current scientific consensus on air quality and the health impacts of air pollution.

Programme objective 

  • Gather existing knowledge on air quality and health within Nepal and facilitate South–South learning from elsewhere in the HKH 

  • Identify the research gaps in air quality and health in Nepal

  • Build future collaborations with likeminded people to strengthen air quality and health research in the HKH

Expected outcomes

The two-day workshop will build a platform for stakeholders from the region to share and enhance knowledge on air pollution and health as well as promote further collaboration and research related to air pollution and health impacts in the HKH region.