Our Goal

With the goals by taking National Research Foundation Nepal (NRFN) mainly focus on the broad conjunction of economics, ethics, traditional, archaeology, natural environment, medicinal plants and animals by Using basic concepts from these we explain how the application of these analytic the environments, social welfare and ethnic tribes can foster sound environmental and other public policies and advance social well-being.

  • Research: behavior, ecology, health status and disease
  • Population census and survey across Nepal
  • Use and development of least-invasive methods
  • Self-governing, science based community conservation
  • Ethno zoological human-wildlife conflict resolution
  • Biodiversity assessments
  • Prey base stabilization programs
  • Habitat restoration
  • Conservation Education
  • Increase the extent of curation for the research;
  • Build the Herbarium by adding specimens through the Herbarium personnel and actively soliciting donations and exchanges of specimens for the purpose of improving/strengthen our collection;
  • Develop an information base and inventory of the collection that will facilitate the accessing and dissemination of the TWU Herbarium data;
  • Provide access to the collection to all research scientists through an active loan program

 

 

Projects

 

"Study Awareness Raising and Capacity Building about Electronic Waste in Nepal"

 

Electronic waste or E-waste, for short, is a generic term embracing various forms of electronic and electronic equipment that have ceased to be of any value to their owners. There is not yet a standard definition of e-waste. However, e-waste has been defined internationally such as:


EU WEEE Directives (EU, 2002a): Electrical of electronic equipment which is waste... including all components, sub assemblies and consumables, which are part of the product at the time of discarding DIrectives 75/442/EEC, article 1(a) defines waste as any substances or object which the holder disposes of or is required to dispose of pursuant for the provisions of natural law in force.

Basal Action Network (Puckett and Smith, 2002): E-waste encompasses a broad and growing range of electronic devices ranging from large household device such as refrigerator, air conditioner, cell phones, personal stereos and consumer electronics to computers which have been discarded by there users.

 

Description of the situation of e-waste in country:

 

There was not any recorded data, or published reference publications about e-waste generation in the country available; hence this was the first attempt to gather first-hand information about waste generation and waste that comes in from outside the country. A very rigorous field visit, as well as desktop study, were made to gather information and develop the IEC materials on e-waste in the for of briefing papers, posters, etc.

 

For detail study findings and full report click here.

 

HEALTH CARE WASTE

Study Title: Environmental Health Condition of Hospitals in Nepal, 2013
Technical and Financial Support: World Health Organization, Country Office for Nepal

 

Description:


Study was conducted with objective to develop evidence based paper on Environmental Health Conditions of Hospitals in Nepal. Study was conducted on 14 Governmental Hospitals, 15 Private Hospitals and 2 Mission Hospitals.

 

Health Care Waste Management:

There are several kinds of hazardous waste and each requires separate collection, transportation, specific treatment and disposal methods, which include encapsulation, sterilization, burial, incineration and long-term storage. Some wastes, such as pharmaceutical wastes, cannot be disposed of in low-cost settings and should be sent to a large center for destruction or returned to the supplier. The waste-disposal zone should be fenced off; it should have a water point with soap or detergent and disinfectant for hand washing or to clean and disinfect containers, with facilities for waste-water disposal into a soak away system or sewer. The waste-disposal zone should also be located at least 30m from groundwater sources. Following diagrams represents the hospital waste management approaches.

 

Findings of the study are as follows:

Only one public hospital has complete onsite source separation but not in all wards. 3.23% (1 private) of hospital have good source separation of waste. While 32.26% of the hospitals have acceptable level of source separation practices. 61.29% of hospitals have very poor source separation including completely absence of such practices in 6.45% (2 private) of the hospitals.


Only 3.23% (1 public) hospital has very good waste collection system; 12.90% have acceptable level, whereas 80.65% of hospitals (6 private and 4 governmental) do not practices appropriate and separately waste collection.
Only 22.58% of hospitals have relatively appropriate and separate transport of waste and remaining large 67.42% of hospitals have very poor transportation.


Only one hospital (3.23%) have adopted environment sound management treatment practices, another 6.45% hospital does have acceptable level waste treatment practices whereas rest 90.32% hospitals do not practices environment sound waste treatment system at all.


Only one public hospital (3.23%) have adopted very good waste disposal system and; 6.45% public hospital does have good disposal system; 9.68% of the private hospitals have acceptable level of waste disposal practices whereas 80.65% hospitals do not practices safe disposal of health-care waste.

 

Environmentally Sound Health Care Waste Management

Alka Hospital
Kanti Children Hospital
Dhulikhel Hospital
Madhyapur Thimi Hospital
Blue Cross Hospital
BPKIHS
Nobel Hospital

 

The 100% positive results of mercury contamination through consecutive bio-monitoring of the mercury in aquatic animals, Dental Health Care Professionals, People with mercury dental felling in their mouth and Female of child bearing age, it strongly felt among all and especially among dental health care professional and academicians to move towards mercury free dentistry in Nepal.

 

NRFN jointly with Government of Nepal, Ministry of Health and Population, Department of Health Services, Management Division, Department of Health Services, Oral Health Focal Unit and Nepal Dental Association(NDA), start working on this issue from joint bio monitoring to awareness raising, capacity buildings and policy dialogue.

 

A two days national conference on Mercury Free Dentistry from May 26 to 27, 2014 has been organized by National Research Foundation Nepal (NRFN), jointly with Nepal Dental Association (NDA) in close coordination with the Oral Health Focal Point, Management Division, Department of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Population, government of Nepal and supported by World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry (WAMFD), Asian Center for Environmental Health.

 

The Objective of the Program was:

 
Time bound Sectoral commitment to address Mercury Free Dentistry from Government., Professional Organization and Academic Institutions as Kathmandu Declaration/Resolution on “Mercury-Free Dentistry”.
Awareness and capacity building about mercury amalgam and impact abatement of mercury in general.
Effective implementation of MOHP decision on ban of Import, Purchase and Use of Mercury based equipments
Push and Support for the Minamata Convention on Mercury ratification by Government.
Increased possibilities of early compliance of Convention provisions.
Protection of Professional & Public Health and Environment for all etc.

 

 Recommendations of National Conference on Mercury Free Dentistry

 

Comprehensive regulatory frameworks (Acts and Regulation) to promote mercury free health care services and mercury free dentistry in Nepal by 2015/2016.
General Practitioners and Professionals Associations have plan to phase down the use of mercury amalgam in children and pregnant women by 2017 and phase down the use of mercury amalgam from dentistry sector by 2018.
Representative of Academic University and Institutions have agreed to recommend and support for the revision of dental curriculum by 2019.
Issues of awareness raising, capacity building, and development of waste management facilities and encourage of insurance policy and tax exemption for mercury free alternatives.
Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury as soon as possible.
 
 
 

Our Mission

Our concrete mission is to make contribution in biodiversity conservation as well as rural livelihoods through sustainable conservation and management of biological resources.

Major Objectives:

  • Provide scientific information on wildlife conservation and their habitats through various research and conservation based activities.
  • Prioritize and implement biodiversity conservation programs that provide tangible benefits to the rural people and improve their living condition.
  • Promote meaningful participation and awareness among local people in biodiversity conservation and research work.
  • Conduct social welfare and conservation awareness programs
  • Foster dialogue, networking and partnership among local, national and international stakeholders to deal with biodiversity issues at landscape level.

Where We Work

Improved environment management and public health.Bridging people with science and technology for healthy living and environment safety.Acts as bridging forum between people with science and technologies to make access new scientific knowledge, technologies and safety measures of environment and public health sector through research, coordination, capacity building and policy dialogue.The increased impact on public health due to pollution, urbanization, industrialization, globalization and unmanaged drug production, sales distribution and administration aimed to be reduced through scientific way to ensure healthy living and environmental development. This could be achieved by carrying out research to develop new technologies, coordinating for developed technologies and implementing those developed technologies and research finding up to local village, town and urban centers in the area of environment and public health.

National Research Foundation Nepal is research based institution established in Kathmandu with the vision to conserve nature and natural resources with the help of local bodies, students, research scholars, professionals, devoted and energetic youths from different places of the country. The organization has been working with determination in the field of natural disaster prevention, environmental education, and biodiversity conservation since its establishment period. The organization has worked jointly with several national and international organizations for the sustainable development.

NRFN aims at improving the nature by building an association of young researchers and concerned stakeholders. Collaboration can be maintained with the national and international environmental organizations, government bodies, universities/ colleges/ schools,communities, nature clubs and, other working agencies for the environmental development and nature conservation. NRFN is working through government bodies, environmental organizations and universities/colleges/schools to develop action and support groups that will address environmental problems and social advocacy concerns. The organization links environmental institutions, political bodies and, civil agencies to protect the environment and strengthen awareness on environmental issues. The organization also focuses on the philosophy of participatory action and empowerment to develop the nation.

Reseach Team

Prof. Dr Soroj Kumar Shahi(Academic Director)

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Prof. Dr Jarina Manandhar(Research Director)

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Dr.Nita Gurung (International Relation)

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Dr.Ravi Shah  (Program Coordinator)

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Ms. Punam Chhetri, (HR)

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Prof.Dr. Bishnu Karki (Archaeology)

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Prof.Dr.Subash Rai (Botany)

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Prof.Dr. Tanka Dhamal (Zoology)

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Prof.Dr.Ramita Adhikari (Geology)

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Prof.Dr. Krishna Mandal (Geo Physics )

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Dr.Nayan B.K. (Senior Researcher)

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Mr. Amit Poudel (Researcher)

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Prof.Dr.Punam Sharestha (Archaeology )  

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Dr.Raju Tamang (Climate Change)

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Dr.Simran Thapa (Senior Researcher)

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Ms.Saru Rai(Chief Accountant)  

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Dr.Pratik Nuepane (Senior Research)

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Dr.Ashish Mandal (Senior Researcher)

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Dr.Kurun Prajapati (Senior Researcher) Dr.Sima Rajbanshi (Bio-Engineer)

Mr. Kumar Roka (Researcher)

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Mr. Yamendra Kumar Gharti (Researcher)

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Mrs. Pranita Rai (Programme Officer)

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 Dr.Smrika Rajbanshi (Bio-Engineer)
Dr.Anjana Karki (Bio-Researcher) Dr.Sujan Karki (Climate Change)
Dr.Rohit Barma (Bio-Researcher) Dr.Radha Basnet (Senior Researcher)
Dr.Adhitya Shukla (Senior Researcher) Dr.Romance Rana (Senior Researcher)
Dr.Punam Bajracharya(Chemical Dr.Kabita Rana (Chemical)
 Dr.Pabitra Khadka (Researcher)  Dr.Raties Chaudhary (Climate Change)
 Dr.Swikriti Maharjan (Senior Researcher)  Dr.Pragun Jha(occupational cancer hazards)

 

 

Introduction

 

National Research Foundation Nepal is one of the well- established, highly prestigious research center as well as non-governmental and non- profitable organization in Nepal led by doctors, educators & professional research team. NRFN offers truly international standard research preparation classes by highly qualified faculties. Additionally, NRFN has full of resources of useful study materials, lucrative infrastructure, collection of flora and fauna & high caliber faculties who are involved in doing research in the field of biodiversity, environment, natural disaster prevention, archaeology, health and sanitation, gender issue, agriculture, renewable energy, land and water management and technology for development,Medical & health Sector. NRFN closely works with different national and international level organizations,University, NGO, INGO for sustainable development.

 

National Research Foundation Nepal assists and encourages students, teachers, young researchers,volunteers, to address current issues through journals and magazines, active participations in national and international conferences, Research. NRFN also provides consultation services to government concerned authorities to make policies for public with the help of renowned faculties.

 

National Research Foundation Nepal (NRFN) was originally established with the objectives of natural resource management and conservation, applied research on the biodiversity,water managements,Agriculture,ecology of both flora,fauna and the development of human resources through in-country training, in wildlife techniques, community participation techniques, community forestry, conservation education Medical and Health education. NRFN is a research institution in the areas of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development and many more. We focus on applied science through research, education and action that influence policy and practice on conservation of nature, management of natural resources, and sustainable development.

 

NRFN's mission is to promote socially just environmental conservation and sustainable development by generating rigorous interdisciplinary knowledge that engages actively with academia, policy makers, practitioners, activists, students and wider public audiences.

 

NRFN envisions a society committed to environmental conservation and sustainable and socially just development, in which NRFN plays the role of a model knowledge-generating organization for catalyzing the transition to such a society.our Researcher focus in public Health and Occupational and Environmental Health program for un-educated people who are living in village and city.

 

FOCAL AREA

 

  • Science and Technology in the area of public health and environment.
  • Environment Management and Environment Education
  • Environmental Quality Standard and Certification System
  • Industrial Pollution and Cleaner Production
  • Solid waste Management including medical waste and electronic waste.
  • Develop and promotion of Zero Waste Community and Demonstration centers.
  • Pesticides, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), and other hazardous chemicals.
  • Chemical Safety and Sound Management of Chemical Waste and Contaminated sites
  • Natural Resource Management including Renewable Energy promotion
  • Forest, Biodiversity, Wetland, Bio-piracy, IPR and Climate Change.
  • Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation
  • Agriculture Development and Extension
  • Food Security and Consumer Right Protection.
  • Public health and sanitation including HIV, Aids, and Hepatitis.
  • Safety Drugs regulation: quality, proper sale, use, and abuse and drug administration.
  • Community Medicines and reproductive health
  • Production, promotion and distribution of IEC materials in the field of public health and Environment.
  • Youth and Environment and Environmental Governance.
  • Environment justice and Climate Justice