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Unburdening the earth of our waste


Online (Zoom)

Date & Time

05 June 2022

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About the webinar

Every year, we celebrate World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June. This day is dedicated to raising awareness about environmental issues such as air pollution, plastic pollution, food waste, habitat destruction, climate crisis, illicit wildlife trade, unsustainable consumption, and other issues deteriorating our earth.

This year’s theme is “Only One Earth.” The planet earth is the only home, and we are accountable for its wellness and health. The WED in 1972 had the same theme and this slogan is still relevant 50 years later.

To celebrate WED 2022, we are organising a webinar on the topic of waste management. Municipal solid waste management is a key challenge, especially in developing countries where the waste disposal system and waste segregation at source are not regulated. According to the World Bank, the world generates 2.01 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste annually, with at least 33% of it not managed in an environmentally safe manner. The webinar will bring together individuals who are contributing to ‘unburdening the earth of the waste’ we produce.

The theme “Only One Earth” also prompts us to look deeper into nature and explore nature-based solutions. The webinar will link the concept of ecosystem services and investigate some low-cost nature-based solutions to waste management. We hope that the knowledge sharing through the webinar will highlight the importance of living in harmony with nature, making sustainable lifestyle choices, and minimizing waste – recycling and reusing, whenever possible.



  • Understand efforts at municipal waste management, with an example from Dhankuta
  • Explore the basics of circular economy and some low-cost solutions
  • Look into nature restoration to maintain ecosystem services
  • Craft and agree on an action pledge to unburden the earth of our waste



Time Programme Speakers
09:30-09:35 Welcome address Nabin Bhattarai, Ecosystem Services, ICIMOD
Technical session 1: Solid waste management in Nepal
09:35-09:50 Low-cost strategies to improve municipal solid waste management in developing countries Mani Nepal, SANDEE, ICIMOD
09:50-10:05 Solid waste management in Dhankuta – local government initiatives Bikas Adhikari / Upendra Khanal, Dhankuta Municipality
Technical session 2: Lightning talks by experts
10:05- 10:15 Circular economy Resham Thapa, Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (GIIS), Nepal
10:15-10:25 The challenge of food waste Junaid Memom, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Pakistan
10:25- 10:35 Technology for waste management – Private sector Nabin Maharjan, Solid Waste Management Association of Nepal
10:35-10:45 Waste decomposition: the nature’s way Bandana Shakya, Ecosystem Services, ICIMOD
10:45-10:55 Habitat restoration – pictorial presentation Sunita Chaudhary, Ecosystem Services, ICIMOD
Interactive session
10:55-11:10 Key messages and ideas from the day (word cloud) Nabin Bhattarai, ICIMOD
11:10-11:25 Pledge – What should we do from our end?
11:25-11:30 Closing remarks Bandana Shakya, ICIMOD