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CLIMATE ACTION4CLEAN AIR (CA4CA)
Air Pollution Solutions Initiative
05 July 2022 to
07 July 2022
Anu Joshi Shrestha & Lynette Chettri Fetz
The Air Pollution Solution (APS) Initiative under the Regional Programme on Atmosphere is organising a four-day programme to mark the closure of the Climate Action4Clean Air (CA4CA) incubation programme. We jointly organised the incubation programme with Antarprerana Pvt. Ltd. (Nepal) and Institute for Learning Solutions (Bhutan) for youth business entrepreneurs from Bhutan and Nepal. The programme will allow participants of both countries to learn from each other on how they can approach and tackle air pollution-related business solutions.
The CA4CA programme aimed to build understanding among youth business entrepreneurs about how their air pollution mitigating solutions can contribute to improving air quality and create awareness among peers towards promoting clean air. The three-day closing and graduation programme will involve cross-learning visits, roundtable discussions, experience-sharing presentations, and business health check-up.
The CA4CA programme primarily aimed to find solutions to reduce the impact of air pollution affecting the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. Through the programme, youth business startups from Bhutan and Nepal submitted their pitches detailing their business solutions for mitigating air pollution. Following an overwhelming number of applications, the top 30 applicants were selected by an independent selection panel for the boot camp. The selected businesses participated in a business-pitching competition, from which a panel of experts selected five winners each from Bhutan and Nepal. The young winners then engaged in a business incubation and mentorship programme, which encouraged the entrepreneurs to develop their commercial business, adopting green solutions while ensuring their ideas and solutions are commercially viable and marketable.
CA4CA connected these entrepreneurs with mentors who guided them to increase their product’s adaptability, scalability, and sustainability. This programme encouraged entrepreneurs and developed an ecosystem for the young entrepreneurs to explore markets and focus on their approach towards reducing emissions and pollution – all towards addressing the global air pollution issue.
5–7 July 2022
ICIMOD Knowledge Park tour
Wednesday, 6 July 2022 | 09:30–16:30 (Nepal Standard time) | Kailash Hall, ICIMOD
Introduction to CA4CA
Anu Joshi Shrestha, Rural Enterprise and Value Chain Specialist, ICIMOD
Izabella Koziell, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD
Bidya Banmali Pradhan, Programme Coordinator, Air Pollution Solutions, ICIMOD
Björn Söderberg – Founder and CEO, Build Up Nepal Engineering Pvt. Ltd.
Sonam Tshering – Founder, Druk Peci
Sunny Rajopadhya – CEO & Co-founder, Ecoorb Ventures
Tshering Lhamo – Co-Founder, Gross International Nature (GIN)
Dorji Dema – Founder, Orgreenic Food
Nirajan Ghimire – CEO, Green Road Waste Management
Karma Yogini – Founder, Zamin Friends Forever
Rikesh Gurung – President, Bhutan Association of Entrepreneurs, Bhutan
Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
Lynette Chettri Fetz, Consultant, Event and Workshop Management, Air Pollution Solutions Initiative, ICIMOD
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