Contributing to policymaking at local, national and global levels

  • The Initiative influences policy making by assembling and directly interacting with regional policy makers, contributing to the formulation of national documents, and highlighting regional issues at global fora.

  • Air pollution-related policy gap analyses were conducted for Bhutan, India, and Nepal. 

  • Data from the air quality observatories set up in Nepal have been made available at the government’s website (, which has enabled access to reliable, real-time data for the public and media for the first time. ICIMOD also contributed to the five-year national planning targets set by Bhutan’s National Environment Commission, detailing the development of an air pollution public information system for Bhutan. 

  • A series of national-level policy gap analyses were conducted. The analysis on Nepal is complete and the analyses on Bhutan and India are being conducted.

  • A master plan was developed for Nepal’s air quality monitoring network as a multi-sectoral effort in collaboration with Nepal’s Department of Environment.

  • HKH-specific issues are highlighted at the global level, leveraging ICIMOD’s unique position to address regional and transboundary issues in the region through increased engagement with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), as a lead partner in its health and regional assessment initiatives and in the CCAC Steering Committee.