Innovative Solution'

The main characteristic of lokta paper is its longevity as it is not moth-eaten and lasts over a hundred years.

Innovative Solution'  
Innovative Solution'

Kathmandu / Lokta paper making is a traditional business in certain parts of Nepal. The main characteristic of lokta paper is its longevity as it is not moth-eaten and lasts over a hundred years. Lokta Plant (Daphne Bhoula or Daphne Papyracea) fibers are used for making papers, cards and other stationery items. The existing lokta enterprises in rural Nepal, use excessive firewood for boiling lokta bark adversely affecting the local environment  as well as affecting the workers’ health from acute respiratory diseases. An innovative and tailored made solutions to fit the communities’ requirements such as the electrical boiler powered by renewable energy technologies (micro hydropower plants) reduces the cooking time of the bark and completely replaces fuel wood as well as reduce environmental degradation. This unique intervention has presented feasible and innovative solutions on decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation and contribute to low carbon and resource efficient economies.--Bikash Uprety is a Technical Advisor at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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