German Ambassador Meyer promotes discussion about air pollution in Nepal

Session environment June 2017 Enlarge image (© German Embassy Kathmandu)

Just days before his retirement, German Ambassador Matthias Meyer once again dealt with the issue of air pollution, a matter of concern that has been close to his heart throughout his time in Nepal. Air quality in big cities has gotten worse over the last decades and the air pollution in Kathmandu is comparable to heavily polluted cities like Beijing or New Delhi. Reason enough to finally raise awareness and find possible countermeasures – a continuous effort of the German embassy here in Nepal. Therefore, on Thursday 1st of June 2017, Ambassador Meyer invited scientists, Nepali politicians and representatives of several international organizations to participate in a roundtable discussion about the subject matter.

In his opening remarks, the academic director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Prof. Dr. Mark G. Lawrence, presented scientific results of his recent country based research in Nepal. The following discussion mainly dealt with causes, consequences, and potential retaliatory actions. Furthermore, all participants expressed their willingness to take responsibility and actively engage in installing countermeasures to tackle air pollution effectively. Whether it is on the scientific, political or economic level, the close cooperation between Germany and Nepal has been proven a promising approach and should be continued or even intensified.

The attendees once again voiced their deep appreciation for the relentless effort of Ambassador Meyer regarding the matter of concern and promised to continue with such discussion circles. A follow-up meeting is scheduled to be held in the Ministry of Environment.