This report presents profiles and stories of the BSP-Nepal phase IV (July 2003-July 2010) that has been implemented after successful completion of the first 3 phases. AEPC is the executing agency and Biogas Sector Partnership– Nepal (BSP-Nepal) is the implementing agency. The programme had originally aimed to install 200,000 biogas plants during the Phase–IV period. This is also a target envisaged in the Tenth Plan (mid July 2002 to mid-June 2009) of the GoN.
The first part of the report elaborates on the profile of the fourth phase of BSP. This part presents information on: the overall objectives and outputs; targets and expected results; an introduction of BSP-Nepa with an organogram, vision, mission, objectives, strategy, a scheme with the institutional set-up; An introduction of biogas technology with a plant design; the potential of biogas in Nepal; Plant costs and subsidy rates; BSP and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM); a scheme of the district wise potential and construction of biogas plants.
The second part of the report is called stories. This narrative part consist of stories with the titles: Biogas in Jumla; Growing attraction towards organic tea; Making Economic Sense; Going Higher; Exemplary Village; The Change in Jyangbo; Loan for biogas, Energy for the Poor; Organic Farming with Slurry; The Change in Village Life brought by Biogas; The Newfound Happiness, Less Hardship for Women; So What if one does not have Cattles!; Change in the lifestyle of Solukhumbu people.
This factsheet contains information on SNV's improved cookstoves around the globe, as well as its partnership in the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public private initiative led by the UN Foundation.
This work on Rural Sanitation Supply Chains and Finance is part of the SNV/IRC Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All programme, which aims to improve the health and quality of life of rural people in five Asian countries (Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal and Vietnam) through enhanced access to improved sanitation and hygiene practices. It has four integrated technical components, strengthening local capacities for a rural sanitation service delivery with a district-wide approach. An additional cross-cutting regional component of the programme focusses on analysis, dissemination, and learning.
This Brief shares some of the lessons learned from working on the Rural Sanitation Supply Chains and Finance. It also introduces the thinking behind its design and its main activities.
Upgraded water mills improve livelihoods in the Himalayan villages of Nepal (2007), 5 pages.
There are many traditional water mills (ghattas) on the fast-running streams in the remote villages of the Himalaya and foothills in Nepal. Milling is an arduous, low-status job, and millers need to attend the mills up to 12 hours per day in a dusty atmosphere, in order to earn a living.
The Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal (CRT/N), with support from the Government of Nepal, funding from the Netherlands Government and technical support by SNV, runs a programme to upgrade traditional water mills, so that they work more efficiently, can operate for a longer period of the year, and also be used for other activities apart from grinding. Millers with improved water mills can earn more income and have extra time for other purposes. The flour produced from water mills is of better quality than from diesel mills, because it does not get so hot during grinding. When there is sufficient capacity in the improved water mills for multiple users, families no longer need to travel the longer distances to diesel mills, so the use of imported diesel decreases.
Upgrades are partly paid by the mill-owners, assisted by the programme subsidy. Most of the upgrades have used a long shaft on the mill runner, which means that other mechanical equipment (such as oil presses and rice dehuskers) can be used, and a small number of these upgrades generate electricity using an induction generator. There are over 25,000 traditional water mills in Nepal, and they have considerable potential to power a range of services in remote villages.