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Kathmandu, Nepal

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Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal, focuses on improving waste management practices from the household to citywide levels, improving public transport systems and uptake, and greening urban spaces, while contributing to national government efforts to monitor air quality and playing a leading role in uniting the municipalities of the Kathmandu Valley to beat air pollution.

We have to look at everything in an interconnected way. For example, improving roads that lead to landfill sites alone can improve the air quality here. Citizens often resort to burning waste during monsoons when civic staff is unable to collect garbage because of the poor condition of roads. This practice is one of the major causes of rising air pollution in Kathmandu, which is a threat to public health. We strive for our plans and initiatives to reflect this complexity."

Bidya Sundar Shakya, Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City