AITM Participated in ICIMOD’s Resilient Village Handover Ceremony at Dhungentar, Nuwakot

December 19, 2018

In the backdrops of 2015 devastating earthquakes in Nepal and climate change as a major global issue, the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in association with National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) of Nepal and supported by International Development Research Center (IDRC) initiated and executed a reconstruction project entitled “Resilient Mountain Village: A Pilot Demonstration Project on Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation in Dhungentar, Nuwakot” from April 2016 to September 2018. Total 54 residential houses and one health post including toilets plus one multipurpose community building are constructed for marginalized residents of Dhungentar using interlocking cement stabilized earth bricks (CSEB) instead of the conventional burnt bricks. Moreover, Asian Institute of Technology and Management (AITM) in collaboration with ICIMOD conducted a study to estimate carbon footprint of the interlocking CSEB house construction at Dhungentar for the project period.

The ICIMOD handed over the project to the local community in a ceremony organized at Dhungentar on December 17, 2018. The NRA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Sushil Gyawanli, ICIMOD Director General Dr. David Molden, other people from ICIMOD and representatives from technical, knowledge and private partners of ICIMOD were present in the ceremony. Mr. Pravakar Pradhan and Er. Prakash Dulal from AITM participated in the handover program at Dhungentar. In the program, Mr. Pravakar Pradhan explained on importance of carbon footprint reduction in construction industry and the role played by the interlocking CSEB construction technology to minimize carbon footprint of the Dhungentar reconstruction project.

Picture 1: A banner displaying ICIMOD’s Resilient Mountain Village reconstruction project handover program at Dhungentar.

Picture 2: Local resident and social mobilizer Ms. Sharmila Sunar welcoming the participants of the handover program organized at Dhungentar on December 17, 2018.

Picture 3: Participants of the handover program going to observe the reconstructed houses at Dhungentar after their welcome.

Picture 4: A glimpse of inauguration of the multipurpose community hall built with interlocking CSEB at Dhungentar.

Picture 5: Another snapshot of the participants walking through a bridge to observe the interlocking CSEB houses at Dhungentar.

Picture 6: Mr. Pravakar Pradhan of AITM explaining on carbon emission of interlocking CSEB houses constructed at Dhungentar.

Picture 7: A typical house constructed with interlocking CSEB technology at Dhungentar.

Picture 8: Full-size interlocking cement stabilized earth blocks (CSEB) manufactured and used in the Dhungentar reconstruction project.

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