Dissemination Programme on Progress and Achievements of METABUILD Project, Pokhara, Nepal

08/05/2019

A dissemination programme was planned in the city of Pokhara, Kaski District. The programme was jointly conducted with the Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 6 May 2019. Invitations were sent to important industries including members of Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pokhara Metropolitan City, District Coordination Committee, Pokhara Industrial District Management, and Pokhara Industrial District Industry Association etc. The main purpose of the dissemination programme was briefing the stakeholders on the progress and achievements of METABUILD Project so that the stakeholders will know the benefits of RECP promotion in industries.

The programme was chaired by Mr. Damu Adhikari, Chairman of Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Arjun Pokharel, General Secretary of Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry was the Master of Ceremony. Mr. Damu Adhikari initiated the programme by welcoming all the participants. Mr. Adhikari emphasized on the need for prevention of waste, upgrading the skill and improvement in the working condition for better return and better competitiveness of the industries.

Mr. Amar B. Manandhar, Executive Director of SEED Nepal and Project Manager of METABUILD Project in Nepal presented on the introduction to SEED Nepal and METABUILD Project. Dr. Durga B. Karanjit, Senior Technical Expert from SEED Nepal METABUILD Project presented on the Concept of Cleaner Production and Waste Management. Mr. Govinda Tiwari, Senior Technical Expert from SEED Nepal METABUILD Project presented on Importance of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Energy Efficiency (EE) in Industries. Dr. Karanjit again presented on the Progress and Achievements of RECP implementation in the participating industries of Kaski district. He mentioned that there are eight metal industries participating in the METABUILD Project and they have been taking very good interest and gaining benefits from the saving of energy and raw materials, improvement in the OHS and reduction in the discharge of pollutions from the industries.

After these presentations, two of the participating industries shared their experience from implementation of RECP supported by METABUILD Project. Mr. Deependra Raj Bastakoti from Panchakanya Metal Engineering and Mr. Ramjee Gyawali, Chandrodaya Metal shared their valuable experiences. They mentioned the benefits they have been able to get from the participation in the METABUILD Project.

After that question, answer and discussion session was started. Ms. Kalpana Baral, Chief of Sanitation Section of the Pokhara Metropolitan City mentioned that the waste management is not the responsibility of the Municipality alone; all should feel their own responsibility and segregate the waste at source. Mr. Bal Bhadra Nakarmi, President of the Industrial District Industries Association said that the industries in the Industrial Districts are now sensitive to environmental protection and committed that they will go on improving. Ms. Sita Gurung from Swastik Handicraft, Mr. Himalaya Bhandari from Pokhara Industrial District Management, Mr. Dinesh Thapa from Gaurishankar Foods, and Engineer Mr. Nirmal Singh Bhandari from Pokhara Metropolitan City had also given their remarks on waste management and pollution control.

The participants had filled up their feedback on how useful was the programme. Out of the 55 participants, 43 have marked the programme as very useful and 12 have marked it as moderately useful. Other written feedback given consisted of:

  • Useful programme, programme is very good, it is essential to aware the general public too;
  • Kindly conduct such programme time and again and also at different locations;
  • Carry out similar programme in other sectors as well, all entrepreneurs need to be aware on this type of programme;
  • After conducting this programme for industries, similar awareness has to be carried out for the Development Committees of Municipality;
  • This type of programme should be conveyed through social media;
  • The overall programmme is good. It taught us change is essential from self;
  • Impressed by the reuse of waste materials to prepare handicraft items;
  • This type of programme is very interesting and should be conducted regularly in annual basis; and
  • Training is essential to the workers and penalty is essential to those who violate the rules.

Two National daily newspapers namely “Nagarik” and “Aadarsha Samaj” had reported in Nepali language about the Programme on 7 May 2019. They have highlighted all the presentations made, remarks from the stakeholders and reported that the industrialists have agreed on the need to save energy, have safe working condition and minimize wastes for the production of quality and competitive goods. A clip from Nagarik is given below: