SPCC has been conducting various awareness programs to aware the local communities, trekkers, guides, porters and students by organizing annual cleanup campaign, workshops, celebrating World Environment Day with school Eco clubs, and through radio programs. The main objective of these programs is to raise awareness and make people more responsible for garbage management.
The SPCC regularly organizes cleanup campaigns as a part of awareness raising campaign and strengthening public participation in waste management. We conduct weeklong “Khumbu Public Awareness Raising Cleanup Campaign” each year covering various trekking trails. This annual cleanup campaign involves a weeklong trekking combined cleanup campaign passing major settlements, base camps and high passes. Over hundreds of participants including representatives from various government and non-government organizations, our local partners from various settlements, teachers, students and representatives from youth and women groups participate in our annual cleanup campaign. Throughout the campaign we collect trashes and organize interaction programs in different villages regarding waste management. In addition, we also organize monthly cleanup campaigns in various settlements in coordination with our local partners.
World Environment Day Celebration
On the occasion of World Environment Day on 5th June each year, SPCC supports the Eco club Network (a network of 14 school eco clubs of Khumbu) to organize awareness-raising programs at various schools. Awareness raising programs including cleanup campaign, painting competition, plantation and musical events are organized each year in various schools marking the World Environment Day.
SPCC also conducted awareness-raising programs on waste management through Khumbu fm twice a week. Worey Lungbi Lapsey - a Sherpa language based program targeting the local communities and Paathsala – a program for students were produced and broadcasted through Khumbu fm as a part of awareness program.
The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) conducted a half-day interactive workshop on “Issues and Challenges of Managing Waste/Garbage in Khumbu Region (Role of different stakeholders)” on 1st February 2016 at Malla Hotel, Lainchaur, Kathmandu. Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) Mr. Ananda Prasad Pokharel inaugurated the workshop. The workshop brought together various national and local level tourism stakeholders including representative of Ministry of Tourism, Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN), Everest Summiteers Association (ESA), Sagarmatha National Park (SNP), Sagarmatha National Park Buffer Zone (SNPBZ) and various community based organizations. The workshop discusses on the current issues and challenges of managing garbage in Khumbu Region, roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders involved and the way forward.