Clean Air Network Nepal (CANN)  was formed in 2004 and is hosted by the Clean Energy Nepal (CEN). It aims to forge collaboration and networking among all the relevant stakeholders to tackle the air pollution problem in the country. CANN is an informal network of individuals, experts, national and international nongovernmental organizations, governmental organizations and private sector engaged in clean air activities. CANN is the country network of Clean Air Asia in Nepal.

The scope and priorities for CANN is to strengthen Public Transport System, Non-Motorized Transportation in Kathmandu and Integration of Co-benefits of Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation.

2012 Activity Highlights:

1. Participation in the 5th phase of the FK Exchange Program. Nepal has sent one participant to Hong Kong and one to Vietnam. Mr. Suman Udas is based in Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong while Mr. Damodar Dhital is based in Vietnam Clean Air Partnership of the Vietnam Association for the conservation of nature and the environment (VCAP/VACNE).

2. Mr. Prashanta Khanal from Clean Energy Nepal/ Clean Air Network Nepal participated in the CSE‟s workshop on non-motorized transport system clean air and urban mobility team organized a workshop „Our Right of Way: Walk and Cycle‟ in New Delhi on March 22, 2012. He share the underlying issues, challenges and best practices in promoting walkability in the cities of Nepal.

3. Clean Energy Nepal, Kathmandu Cycle City 2020, NGO Federation for Environment Conservation (NGOFEC) and Solid Waste Management Association (SWMA) organized a cycle rally on July 21 to demand bicycle infrastructures and promote urban greener and clean spaces in river corridors of Kathmandu Valley. Around 200 cyclists participated in the event.

4. Clean Energy Nepal submitted letter to Hello Sarkar, Prime Minister Office and demanding cycle lanes in the widened roads. CEN also submitted letters to other concerned agencies to promote cycling by building better cycling infra-structures in the valley.

5. Clean Energy Nepal and Clean Air Network Nepal is supporting Sajha Yatayat to revive the bus system in Kathmandu valley. CEN/CANN is providing technical support to Sajha Yatyat on preparing strategic operational/ business plan, route planning, ticketing system etc. CEN/CANN also help increase operational efficiency and environmental performance.

6. CANN on behalf of CEN co-organized two cycle rallies at two different occasions. A cycle rally was organized on July 21st 2012 with Kathmandu Cycle City 2020, SWRMC and NGOFEC to push the government for Urban Greenery. Around 200 cyclists joined the event whereas more than 400 cyclists joined another cycle rally event “Mega Cycle Rally” which was organized in collaboration with KCC 2020 on April 6th. A bicycle was gifted to Prime Minister Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai as a follow up of the Mega cycle rally on June 5th.

7. To mark the Global Day of Action 2012, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) in collaboration with Kathmandu Cycle City 2020 (KCC 2020), Clean Air Network Nepal (CANN), Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) Oxfam- Nepal and others organized a cycle event.

8. Better Air Quality conference was organized by Clean Air Asia , Hong Kong polytechnic University and Hong Kong Environment Protection Division (EPD) in association with Asian Development Bank and World Bank from 5-7 December 2012 in Hong Kong. Also, Motor Vehicle Emissions Workshop 2012 was also organized along with BAQ Conference. Mr. Shankar Adhikari, Joint Secretary for Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment leaded the Nepali delegation. In the country round table Nepal has prioritized the following major activities for the year 2013-2014- (1) Awareness and Advocacy Program For Promotion of Non-Motorized Transport (Walking and Cycling)in Kathmandu (2) Improvement of Public Transportation system (3)Revamp/ Revive the Air Quality monitoring Stations in Kathmandu.

9. Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) and Clean Air Network Nepal (CANN) in collaboration with Ministry of Physical Planning, Works and Transport Management (MoPPWTM) organized “Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Mobility Forum II” on 21stDecember at Hotel Shanker.

10. Clean Energy Nepal as the secretariat of CCNN and CANN facilitated the process of identifying priority issues in Air Quality Management and Climate Change by calling inputs from the network members. Representatives from CEN and its network members after finalizing the priority issues met Mr. Keshab Bhattarai, secretary, MoSTE on December 26, 2012 and hand over the list to him.

11. With an aim of promoting pedestrianization and study the perceptions of tourists regarding vehicle free zone and air quality in Thamel, CEN/CANN conducted tourist perception survey in different locations of Thamel area. The survey result revealed that 85 % of the tourists surveyed preferred Thamel to be pedestrianized or restrict vehicle movement to promote tourism activities.

12. As a part of Knowledge Management, CEN/CANN has an inventory of all the research related to air quality and transportation in different Universities in Nepal.

13. This year CANN published 4 publications namely: Kathmandu Air Profile, Status of I/M Program In Nepal, Briefing Paper on "walking and Cycling" and Public Transport User's Survey Report.

CANN is Clean Air Asia's Country Network in Nepal which is part of the Clean Air Asia Partnership. Cities, national government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, private sector companies, and development agencies can apply for free membership to the Clean Air Asia Partnership. The application form can be downloaded at

For a list of Nepal-based members of the Clean Air Asia Partnership, see Nepal list

Work Plans:

Clean Air Network Nepal
Secretariat Clean Energy Nepal
140 Bulbule Marga, Thapagaun, Baneshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 4464981, +977 1 6925649
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Countries: Nepal
Cities: Kathmandu, Nepal