ABOUT US

ABOUT US

Capacity Building International Network (CBIN) is a social starts up organization for improvements of human and environmental well being and executing Capacity-building Initiative for Airport Environmental Assessment and Awareness Program. Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) a only international airport in Nepal, situated in the middle of the country at an elevation of 4,390 feet in a valley surrounded by hills. The airport was in an isolated at the time of establishment in 1949, but now is in the middle of the dense human settlement and local market places. The polluted rivers on either side of runway, un-scientific municipal solid waste management and emergence of earthworms near the runway and taxiways after monsoon rains in late summer are some of the bird attractants. Birds of prey such as kites, eagles, vultures and falcons are major bird types hazardous to aircraft operations at TIA recorded major bird strike in 1996 since SOPEJ till 2007 and then CBIN is actively working in the field of Study, Research, Consultancy, Public awareness and Advocacy related to Environmental Policy, Environmental Sanitation, Wildlife Hazard Management, Aviation Safety and sustainability in coordination with local municipality, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA Nepal) and National Bird-strike committee.

Who participated in this project? Which groups were mobilized through the process?

The young researchers/volunteers of Capacity Building International Network (CBIN) and partner organizations (i) Society of Population and Environment Journalist (SOPEJ Nepal) (ii) Society of Tourism and Environment Journalist (STEJ Nepal) (iii) Media Forum, and (iv) Media Forum for Research and Development (MFRD) were participated in this project. Since July 2016 till now, CBIN leading the Capacity-building Initiative for Airport Environmental Assessment and Awareness Program in partner with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA Nepal) and Municipalities. Government of Nepal (Civil Servant, Military, and Police) Tourism Associations, community activists, students and researchers were participated actively in the Bagmati River cleaning campaign led by CBIN in 2016.

However, the mobilized major groups were the researchers/activist/volunteers of Capacity Building International Network (CBIN) and partner organizations (i) Society of Population and Environment Journalist (SOPEJ Nepal) (ii) Society of Tourism and Environment Journalist (STEJ Nepal) (iii) Media Forum, and (iv) Media Forum for Research and Development (MFRD) were participated in this project.

If I will be selected as finalist (speaker) of the groups I must accompany Participants (Youth Community Mobilizers) behind the success to receive the award jointly.

How were groups encouraged to act and what actions did they take?

The groups were encouraged by the leadership of Capacity Building International Network (CBIN) and partner organizations (i) Society of Population and Environment Journalist (SOPEJ Nepal) (ii) Society of Tourism and Environment Journalist (STEJ Nepal) (iii) Media Forum and (iv) Media Forum for Research and Development (MFRD). The community of project area also encouraged the groups while they aware with the movement of the program really indeed to environmental and human well being and safety of life.

The groups took the following actions.

-Improve sanitary practice of open slaughterhouses in the market near Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu and Pokhara — Airport, Pokhara, Kolti Airport, Kolti – Bajura, Gautam Buddha Airport, Bhairahawa, Bharatpur Airport, Bharatpur – Chitwan.

  1. -Cities, communities, rivers, lake cleaning movement close to TIA, Kathmandu and Pokhara Airport, Pokhara
  2. -Training and awareness of organic composting from their household biodegradable waste
  3. -Awareness on airport environmental impact to aviation safety

What impact did the project have and how was this measured?

-Open slaughterhouses closed within 3 km periphery of airport

-Cities, communities, Rivers 3 km closed to airport cleaned, community aware of sanitation and continued themselves

-Raised community awareness of organic composting, community began to make it from their own kitchen waste and use it for kitchen garden

-People aware of airport environmental impact to aviation safety

We measure to different aspect of result (i) Improvement of environmental health in the community; the result measured through an impact assessment survey in the community with simple questionnaire by random sampling. And (ii) Bird/wildlife Hazard (bird/wildlife activities at airport) measured in compare to previous record of bird strike record- clean airfield site, community discourage the bird attractants (:-Additionally, Civil Aviation Authority adopting various measures taken in the airport to disperse the bird/wildlife from the airport).

What was the most inspiring lesson and what could others learn from the successes?

Public awareness has been raised in the national interest among all stakeholders at the result Civil Servants, Nepal Military, Nepal Armed Police, community leaders, students everyone participated in this campaign in 2016.

Others learning from the success that cleaning movement is a significant program of action to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) which reasonably important for human and environmental well being as well as beautification of the cities and communities. Communities are aware of sustainable use of sanitary practice to build healthy society. Also community learning the consequence of environmental deterioration to bird/wildlife threats to aircraft and its impact to life of passengers on board and ground community. Therefore the success delivering the message that our project is worth commendable program for the safety of passengers on board and ground community as well as human and environmental well-being.

 Why does this project deserve to be continuing?

This project deserve to be continuing because the Capacity-building Initiative Airport Environmental Assessment and Awareness Program is a follow up program of action  of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) commonly known as Rio Summit (Rio De Jenerio Brazil) South Africa a part of Agenda 21. Nepal capacity21 program was initiated by UNDP and National Planning Commission in Nepal addressed some Sustainable Community Development Program and our agenda is one. Our partners are the key actors of sustainable development agenda since 1992. Personally, I was a Principal Investigator of a study; ‘Achievement of Agenda 21 in regards to Role of Nepal in Rio + 10 in support of IUCN Nepal and SCDP/UNDP in order to facilitate then Government of Nepal to prepare Country Report to present in the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002. I kick start social start up in 2007 and united in the main stream of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since 2016 as a key Actor in the society to achieve the SDGs on Good Health and well being, clean water and sanitation, sustainable cities and communities and partnership for the goals.