KATHMANDU, June 13: Clean Energy Nepal in collaboration with the US Embassy in Nepal held a workshop entitled 'Open data for policy formulation, decision making and citizen-government partnership to improve air quality' on Tuesday with the aim to sensitize stakeholders on the importance of data-based decisions.
Bidhya Sundar Shakya, mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, urged the general public to fulfill their individual responsibilities to make the air and the environment clean.
“We are planning to introduce an electric mass-transit monorail which will aid in reducing the traffic congestion and also significantly reduce air
pollution level in the Kathmandu Valley,” he said.
Sara Litke, regional environment officer for South Asia at the US Embassy in Nepal, stressed on the need of investing in improving air quality by seeking data provided by Air Quality Management.
Sushil Sharma from the Central Bureau of Statistics said, “Data are being generated from many sectors and the bureau has a key role in quality assurance, public accessibility and reliability of the data.”