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    P O Box 15135 Kathmandu

    Phone: +977 1 4720 803
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Practical Action - Nepal

Non-Governmental Organization

The vision of Practical Action Nepal Office will be: "A sustainable Nepal and South Asia free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used to the benefit of all" The Mission is to contribute to poor people’s wellbeing using technology to challenge poverty by: • building the capabilities...



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The vision of Practical Action Nepal Office will be: "A sustainable Nepal and South Asia free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used to the benefit of all"

The Mission is to contribute to poor people’s wellbeing using technology to challenge poverty by:
• building the capabilities of poor men and women;
• improving their access to technical options and knowledge; and
• working with them to influence social, economic and institutional systems for innovation and the use of technology.

Disaster Reduction Goal

Reduced risk of disasters for marginalised groups and communities: Our DRR works will save lives, livelihoods and properties of women and men residing in vulnerable areas in Nepal by building their resilience and multi hazard DRR. We will primarily focus on early warning for flood and landslides and build our work on earthquake resilience for vulnerable communities.

Policies and Programmes in DRR

For country strategy period 2012-17, we will work through all the level of our working model in close relation with government and non-government institutions. Through our DRR goal, we aim to provide direct support on disaster preparedness through Early Warning Systems (EWS) to 100,000 (20,000 HHs) population, while other 100,000 are expected to get indirect benefits. Likewise, we will gradually build ideas on earthquake resilience and aim to reach 50,000 direct beneficiaries (10,000 HHs) and 75,000 beneficiaries will get indirect benefits from our programmatic approach.

We will increase our footprints of EWS by expanding geographical coverage from plains to hills and mountains, and by covering more hazards from floods to landslides and GLOF. In case of EWS, we will undertake activities for further technological development that increase the lead time and communities’ access to weather forecasting information. We will initiate our works in earthquake to make communities DRR resilient by enhancing structural and non-structural measures. Studies will be carried out to enhance our knowledge on how the seismic information recorded at National Seismological Centre can be quickly and efficiently disseminated to the stakeholders and the communities.

We aim at promulgating National EWS, demonstrate early warning for landslides and GLOF and helping communities to reach to earthquake information at the earliest. We also aim at mainstreaming building codes at development process and demonstrate with some local government.

We aim to continue working in Karnali River basin by extending EWS to India and expand to Bagmati and Gandaki river basin based on vulnerability, poverty and lesser presence and programme of other organisations and government. In case of earthquake resilience, we will start our work from Pokhara and will expand to other urban and rural areas where potential risks of earthquake exist.

Membership in Key Networks

DPNet Nepal
Climate Change Network
Duryog Nivaran

Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)

• Endorsement of EWS Strategy by the Government of Nepal
• Endorsement of Disaster Management Act by the government and drafting and finalisation of regulation to implement the Act
• Developing implementation approach and mechanism for the National Strategy for Disaster Risk Management (NSDRM)
• Materialising and localising building codes in practice in view of potential risks to infrastructures from earthquakes and other hazards

Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)

• Participatory Vulnerability Assessment
• Assessment and design of early warning systems
• Establishment of early warning systems

Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)

• Production and publicationo IEC materials
• Awareness campaign

Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)

• Small scale mitigation works
• Natural Resource Management
• Changing existing practices
• Building communities' coping capacity through livelihood centred approach for DRR

Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)

• Preparation of local disaster risk management plans, local disaster preparedness and respone plans
• Development of safe evacuation routes
• Building capacity of communities and local government for better response
• Stocking piling of emergency and live saving equipments at community level

Other activities

Nepal Office has got good reputation on its engagement in climate change activities. We are one of the pioneer organisations having ground experiences on adaptation works while implementing over 16 different projects and studies on climate change. Our role in climate change works have been acknowledged by various important forums including the Climate Change Network formed by the Government of Nepal and contributed to several national level strategic documents in climate change including National Adaptation Programme of Actions (NAPA).

In this context, climate change work not only deserves to remain as cross cutting goal, but also to keep ourselves rolling on in view of potential opportunities and possibilities to bring about meaningful changes in people’s lives through engagement at various level. We expect to build resilient livelihood/adaptive capacity of 8,000 households (40,000 people), who are vulnerable to impacts of climate change residing in vulnerable areas in Nepal. The impact of the programme will be monitored with the indicators, such as: number of innovations made by the programme in climate change - adaption and low carbon growth; number of low cost climate technologies adopted by the target beneficiaries; and number of national and local policies and plans being influenced by our programme.

Through our work, we expect to influence national and local governments’ periodic plans such as Five Year Plans, sectoral strategies and policies, and annual development planning processes for climate change integration during the strategic period. Likewise, we aim to mainstream climate change into local development planning, implementation and monitoring process of government and development partners.

Making Cities Resilient Campaign Activities

Practical Action, jointly with Action Aid Nepal, has been implementing a project "Building Resilient Communities in Pokhara". Pokhara is second largest city in Nepal and highly vulnerable due to earthquake, flood and landslides.

Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)

Mr. Gehendra Bahadur Gurung
Head of Programme - DRR & CC


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