The Access Initiative (TAI)

Nepal is a signatory to the Rio Declaration and is therefore obliged to implement Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration. In order to improve the implementation of access rights (access to information, participation and access to justice) in Nepal, an assessment of the current laws, practices and institutions are required. There has also been significant civil society intervention in projects which have led to varied reactions from the State Agencies as well the project proponents. It is being felt that although implementation of Principle 10 is far from satisfactory, there is no verifiable data to prove the lack of implementation of Principle 10 in letter and spirit. An assessment would to that extend greatly help in understanding legal and institutional shortcomings towards the effective implementation. It is through such an assessment gaps in access laws, institutions and practices can be identified and targeted for advocacy and reforms. Pro Public a national level NGO working for the protection of public Interest is acting as the lead TAI Nepal secreteriate and leading the TAI reasearh and assessment.

•To form a National Access Initiative (TAI) coalition for Nepal and using the established web-based TAI assessment toolkit, conduct an assessment of access rights in Nepal,.
•Identify gaps in access laws, practices and institutions and develop recommendations to fill those gaps and initiate action in order to bring about systemic changes.

•Formation of Nepal Civil Society Organization (CSO) coalition as TAI coalition
•Formation of TAI Nepal Advisory Council
•Train researchers for TAI methodology
•Selection of cases and discuss with Advisory council and TAI Nepal coalition.
•Conducting research and enter data into toolkits
•Conducting analysis
•Sharing of finding to Coalition for achieving agreement on major findings and recommendations
•Drafting report and discuss with Advisory council, and TAI Nepal Coalition
•Draft report will be reviewed by TAI global network
•Publish report and wide dissemination.


Final Selected cases for Access to Information (A2I) Sub-Themes

 Case names

Identified  TAI Coalition Partner

Air Quality Monitoring System in Kathmandu Mr. Pushkar Mathema
Arsenic Contamination in Nawalparasi District LEADERS
Flooding due to Embankment in Boarder Area NWCF
Stone Quarry in Chapagau Lalitpur district FECOFUN
State of Environment reports PRO PUBLIC
 Pesticide (Obsolete pesticides issues) Jagriti Bikash Manch
 Hydropower/ West Seti WAFED
EIA for Tinau Stone extraction from river FEALPEC
Final Selected cases for Public Participation (PP)
Agro-biodiversity Policy of Nepal LiBIRD Pokhara
Industrial Pollution Control and Pollution Control Certificate Pro Public Regional Office
Kathmandu Participatory River Monitoring ECCA
Water Sector Reform Process in Nepal NGO Forum for Urban Water and Sanitation
Climate Change Policy with reference to REDD, CDM and NAPA Ms. Rupa Basnet Parsai
Peoples Participation in Forest Management Plans of Terai Region in Nepal FECOFUN

Final Access to Justice (A2J) Cases

Solid Waste Dumping Case in Bagmati River, Kathmandu. Pro Public
Benefit sharing from community forestry of Nepal FECOFUN
Drinking water case Pro Public
Environment Inspector Recruitment Pro Public