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Nepalese Officials Exchange Insights with CDIA Team on Preparing Bankable Projects

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Delegates from the Nepalese cities of Pokhara and Butwal joined the 6th CDIA Virtual Clinic on 17-18 November 2021, where they exchanged project ideas with CDIA’s urban development team. They also learned new concepts on project bankability, climate resilience and capacity development.

“The project ideas for Pokhara and Butwal that were presented and discussed at the clinic will be used by CDIA in further exploring potential opportunities for project preparation studies in the two cities,” said Acting Program Manager Ramon Abracosa.

Officials from Pokhara presented their Lake-to-lake Cycle Route Project that they hope will encourage domestic cycling and contribute to the city’s vision of carbon neutrality by 2035.

Pokhara is considered as Nepal’s tourism capital, and so the city government intends to package the project into a tourism-oriented development initiative that will connect 9 out of 10 of their famous lakes. They plan to set up viewpoints, cycle stands, resting areas and other amenities along the route. The project is expected to provide at least 5,000 residents with business and livelihood opportunities; and the city with an estimated additional revenue of 5%.

“We had a great session with the Pokhara team, learning about their ambition to turn the city into a major tourism destination and how they’d like to achieve it,” said Fabienne Perucca, CDIA Urban Development Specialist.

“We discussed the details of the Lake-to-lake Cycle Route initiative and it has a lot of potential. CDIA will explore the possibility of linking their project ideas to an upcoming technical assistance studying Pokhara as a livable city,” she added.

Meanwhile, representatives from Butwal City plans to develop an integrated fecal sludge management project that will treat septage toward environmental improvement in the city as well as the neighboring municipalities of Tilottama and Sainamaina.

One of the urbanization challenges that the urban areas are facing is the lack of wastewater and septage management. Although they generally have adequate septic tank connectivity and regular septic tank desludging services, the collected septage make it to water streams without treatment. This severely pollutes the local ecosystem particularly the Tinau River and its tributaries.

“During the consultation with CDIA in the clinic, we discussed the possible outcomes and solutions and how society is going to benefit from the project,” said Yogesh Chapagain, Environmental Engineer in Butwal City.

“One of our key learning outcomes is that land availability should be a top priority to be identified when developing this kind of project; and in order to develop a bankable project, it needs to reflect how it’s going to make positive impacts on the environment and society, especially the urban poor. I would like to thank the CDIA team for their technical support,” he added.

Click this link to know more about the projects that Pokhara and Butwal wish to pursue and CDIA’s recommendations.

CDIA is offering the virtual clinics to officials of secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific so they can get insights on their infrastructure projects. They are structured to enable one-on-one consultation with the urban development team of CDIA and integrate climate resilience and capacity development in infrastructure projects. The clinics also offer a pathway for a potential CDIA project preparation grant assistance.

CDIA continues to accept registration applications from secondary city officials in Asia and the Pacific for 2022 clinics. Visit https://cdia.asia/virtual-clinics/ for more details on the schedule, registration and agenda.

The Virtual Clinics are made possible with the financial support of the European Union.

 

Photos during the 6th CDIA Virtual Clinic:

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