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Green Homes Newsletter- December 2014

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Effects of climate change are becoming more noticeable in the recent years. The ever growing urban population is demanding more for its basic requirements. The unabated flow of resources to the cities and the unprecedented generation of waste are the challenges to the urban planners and city managers. This is more obvious in Nepal with the urban growth rate perhaps highest (>8% pa) in Asia. In this context the initiative of Green Homes is much appreciated by the municipalities and decision makers in the government. However, the challenge is converting this goodwill gesture into municipal culture. Therefore, UN-Habitat and partners with the financial support of European Union is piloting the Sustainable Production and Consumption initiative to
switch the conventional consumption pattern of urban population to more environment-friendly and sustainable consumption. Making the ground for this purpose the Green Homes initiative is educating the ‘educated’ through training of engineers and architects, exposing the good practices to policy makers and managers, and building scope for the SMEs to invest and work in
the sector by addressing their bottle-necks of businesses through training the human resource, and convincing the customers to go green. At policy level policies and guidelines are being developed while the municipalities are convinced to subsidize the green products and services after realizing the long term benefit they gain.

The activities of second year of Green Homes, therefore is focused on adding the building blocks on the foundation laid by bringing the municipalities and government offices on board. The welcoming of the ideas by common people and the decision makers in the array of expositions and displays gives us strength and motivation of doing even better and wider in the days to come

UN-HABITAT, European Union