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Danda Ecological Monitoring Program (DEMP)
Improving Urban Resiliency in Health, Environment, and Bio-diversity through CitizenScience Siddharthanage, Lumbini, Nepal
The Danda River Ecological Monitoring Program (DEMP) project is developing a monitoring lab to collect long-term data on water quality, air quality, river flow, weather, and bio-diversity. By involving schools in these data collection efforts, the DEMP project initiative hopes to improve citizen science awareness in the communities both in the Terai as well as in the hilly districts.
The pilot phase consists of one college with the citizen science lab office and two schools from the Terai town of Siddharthanagar, and one hilly school in Gulmi. Over time, this network will be expanded gradually to cover more locations and more schools. These environmental data streams will be displayed on the website to help promote public awareness and eventually to help develop an urban wildlife refuge along the Danda River.
In addition to DEMP project, visiting students have opportunities to get involved in a wide variety of community projects such as: gender and hygiene, river festival, eco-arts, composting, waste water treatment, health camps, and the development of the bird sanctuary and urban wildlife refuge.