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Initiative goal

This will provide insights and guidance to policy makers through cost‐effective solutions and contributing to development, human health, agriculture productivity at the same time yield positive side-effect on climate change.

Regional Programme

Atmosphere

Bidya Banmali Pradhan arrow

Programme Coordinator

Our focus

Improve air quality standards

ICIMOD’s Air Pollution Solutions Initiative aims to improve local and regional air quality standards, help ensure economic benefits for communities, and help reduce adverse impacts on health by improving regional and international coordination and information sharing.

We have been the lead partner for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition Brick Production Initiative and a lead implementer of the Clean Brick Initiative of the Department for International Development (DFID) in Nepal. The brickmaking process is highly energy- and labour-intensive and releases huge amounts of black carbon into the atmosphere, affecting health and visibility, and accelerating the melting of Himalayan snow and ice.

In South Asia, bricks are mostly hand-molded and then baked in Fixed Chimney Bull’s Trench Kilns (FCBTKs). In recent years, mechanized brick making plants and other varieties of kilns have been introduced, such as tunnel kilns, the Hoffman kiln, the modified FCBTK, the zig-zag, and the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK). Previous attempts to introduce mechanized brick making and brick baking had not been successful because of operational and adaptability problems.

News and features

Around the HKH

Events around the HKH

Our involvement

Did you know?

The 120,000 brick kilns scattered across South Asia release huge amounts of greenhouse gases and black carbon into the atmosphere. Commonly known as soot, black carbon is the second biggest global warming pollutant after carbon dioxide; it affects health and visibility and accelerates the melting of Himalayan snow and ice.

Improved Fixed Chimney Project at R.K Brick Industry.

For mountains and people

We have a deep history of work across a broad range of issues enabling sustainable development in the complex environment of the HKH. We have been protecting the pulse for over three decades.

Air Quality

Air quality

When most people think of air in the context of the environment, they probably think of air pollution – and that’s part of the picture. But air is a dynamic and delicate mix of chemicals in constant motion, flowing from place to place through atmospheric circulation systems.

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Climate change

Mountains may be rugged and majestic, but they’re also fragile environments that are particularly vulnerable to climate change.

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Air Pollution Solutions Initiative in the media

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Air Pollution Solutions publications

You will find publications produced by or related to this Initiative in our publications repository – the HimalDoc. These information materials covers journal articles, books, book chapters, research reports, working papers, brochures, information sheets, and publicity materials including posters and flyers.

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We embrace diversity

Meet the team

Both internally and externally, our multicultural staff and partners are our greatest asset. They provide us with a broad perspective across disciplines, and offer us localized knowledge like no other.

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