“Golden Jubilee of WASH Forum”
50th WASH Forum on theme “Wastewater”
Paschim Paaila in collaboration with Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO) successfully conducted 50th series of WASH Forum during the month of March. This monthly forum, is held on every last Friday of English month, celebrated it’s Golden Jubilee on 31st March, 2017 at ENPHO Hall, Thapagaun, New-Baneshwor from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. The program was commenced with introduction of Paschim Paaila, concept and objectives of WASH Forum and participants at program. The main objective of WASH Forum is to provide the opportunity for social interaction and knowledge sharing on different environmental Health Issues with WASH and Disasters and to critically analyze the issues. Mr. Buddha Bajracharya, Executive Board Member of Paschim Paaila, welcomed resource persons and participants with a welcome note. March Series of forum was conducted with objectives to know about current status of wastewater in Kathmandu Valley and Nepal, to know about possible techniques for treatment and reuse of wastewater, to set light on role play of youth to overcome current situation and tackle this status.
Ms. Anita Bhuju, Assistant Network Coordinator at Paschim Paaila, facilitated the program. Mr. Bipin Dangol (Executive Director of ENPHO), Mr. Robert Dangol (Associate Professor and iWRM Program Coordinator at nec) and Ms. Isha Dhakal (Project Officer) resided as Resource person on Golden Jubilee of WASH Forum and shared knowledge based on the theme wastewater. This forum highlighted basically on wastewater, its status and linkage with SDGs, wastewater reuse on irrigation and water security, types of wastewater, its characterization and management and role of youth in reduction of wastewater and improved use of reuse of wastewater.
Collectively, forum was attended by 30 participants with 19 females and 11 males. The forum was interactive as many participants actively engaged in the discussion following the presentation carried on by resource persons. Participants outstretched few queries in relation to presented topics. Mr. Robert Dangol dealt with queries regarding impacts on health of using wastewater direct to agriculture. According to the review of feedback, the presentation and information and program as a whole on theme wastewater was useful to participants.