On May 25, GGGI, University of Bristol and Kathmandu University, held an online technical consultation where the Climate Change and Sanitation: Accessing Resilience and Emission (SCARE) project was successfully launched. The launch event was led by Ministry of Water Supply (MOWS) under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary Mr. Sunil Kumar Das. The event was organized in close coordination with Ministry of Forest and Environment (MOFE) and Department of Water Supply and Sewerage Management (DWSSM).
The main objective of the event was to introduce the SCARE project to a broad stakeholder group and seek for their feedback on the initial project design. The program was attended by around 50 participants representing Ministry of Water Supply (MOWS), Department of Water Supply and Sewerage Management (DWSSM), Ministry of Forests and Environment (MOFE), Municipal Association of Nepal (MUAN), project municipalities, key WASH development partners (UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, FCDO, ENPHO, etc.) and private entities active in the sanitation sector.
The main objectives of the SCARE project are to enhance the understanding of the linkage between sanitation and climate change, to develop as well as mainstream realistic GHG accounting mechanism for onsite sanitation and to improve knowledge about climate resilience in the sanitation sector. The project has three main components: i. research on emission from on-site sanitation; ii. research on resilience of onsite sanitation; and iii. policy engagement. The research components will be led by Kathmandu University and University of Bristol, while the component on policy engagement will be led by GGGI.
The audience appreciated the SCARE project and recognized its relevance in the present context of the country. The audience also expressed their gratitude towards the project partners in taking an important step towards greenhouse gas mitigation and building climate change resilience within the sanitation sector of Nepal.