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In recent decades, the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region has been affected by rising emissions of air pollutants from urban, industrial, and rural sources. This has raised concerns about deteriorating air quality, impacts on health, and increasing stratospheric pollution above the Tibetan Plateau, among other issues of significance.
Water and Air
Nanda Devi, ICIMOD, Kathmandu
17 December 2019 to
19 December 2019
Nirmala Baduwal & Amina Maharjan
Poor air quality, in particular, is a major health concern in South Asia. With rapid urbanization, it has significant consequences for large urban populations in the HKH region. However, the literature on the health impacts of air pollution has generally not focused on why people continue to expose themselves to high levels of air pollution, particularly those working in vulnerable occupations. There is also limited understanding regarding the impact of air pollution at the household level. When a breadwinner working in conditions with heightened exposure to air pollution cannot continue to earn an income, what are the cascading impacts on other family members and their well-being? To delve into this matter, ICIMOD’s Atmosphere Initiative is undertaking a comprehensive study on “Exposure and impact of air pollution on the life and livelihoods of the urban population”. This study will cover three cities in the HKH region: Kathmandu (Nepal), Lahore (Pakistan), and Mandalay (Myanmar).