Field Visit of ICIMOD’s Earthquake Reconstruction Site at Dhungentar, Nuwakot

October 9, 2018

Recently, Asian Institute of Technology and Management (AITM) and International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) signed a collaboration agreement on carbon footprint estimation of ICIMOD’s low-cost housing pilot project, in which Compressed Stabilized Soil Blocks (CSSB) are used in place of traditional kiln-burnt bricks, at its earthquake reconstruction site, Dhungentar, Nuwakot. As per the agreement, a three-member AITM team visited the project site on October 6 and 7, 2018 for site inspection and required data collection for carbon footprint estimation of the project. The team was led by Dr. Rabindra Raj Giri, and other two members of the team were Mr. Pravakar Pradhan (climate change expert) and Mr. Prakash Dulal (Civil Engineer).

On the first day, the team travelled from Kathmandu to Dhungentar project site, carried out inspection of the project area and collected necessary data/information from ICIMOD’s project staff at the site for carbon footprint estimation of the project. The data collection continued on the second day also. A focused group discussion was also conducted on the second day morning with the local people within the project area to identify the possibility of establishing a local community-owned sustainable enterprise for production and business of CSSB. The team completed its targeted activities in the field in the afternoon and then returned to Kathmandu later on the day.

Picture 1: AITM field visit team members talking to ICIMOD’s site staff at the Dhungentar site office.

Picture 2: Compressed Stabilized Soil Block (CSSB) production site at the ICIMOD’s pilot project site at Dhungentar, Nuwakot.

Picture 3: The AITM field team conducting site visit of ICIMOD’s pilot project at Dhungentar, Nuwakot together with ICIMOD’s staff.

Picture 4: A typical house and toilet constructed using CSSB technology at Dhungentar pilot project site.

Picture 5: Soil and sand are extracted at this point near the project site and transported to the production site at Dhungentar for making CSSB.

Picture 6: A glimpse of the focused group discussion conducted on October 07, 2018 at Dhungentar project site.

Picture 7: Another glimpse of the focused group discussion conducted on October 07, 2018 at Dhungentar project site.

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