Disaster Risk Reduction
Bamboo plays a crucial role in land restoration, biodiversity conservation , and livelihood generation due to its extensive root system, phenomenal growth rate, unparalleled strength and historical cultural association.
A sponge city uses landscapes and green infrastructure to retain valuable water resources at source and promote natural retention, infiltration, and purification – like a sponge – for drainage.
Conventional construction materials and practices have a huge carbon footprint as the production of cement, bricks, aluminium, and metals is highly energy-intensive and emits large volumes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Pine forests dominate the middle ranges of the sub-Himalayan region. The needles of pine trees that accumulate over time in forest areas inhibit the growth of other vegetation, creating a monoculture.
We help communities build green, safe, and affordable houses by replacing fired bricks with compressed stabilised earth bricks (CSEBs).
Around 40% of Nepal’s geographical area is covered by forests. There is a high dependency on these forests for everyday needs and livelihoods.
Floods and flash floods are major natural hazards in the Hindu Kush Himalaya. They are catastrophic to vulnerable riverside communities, particularly during the monsoon season. Floods can be disastrous even in small rivers and tributaries. The frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events and natural hazards in the region is increasing with climate variability and change.
The stories of this solutions portal are placed around six thematic areas as follows