Linking Environmental Design and Policy

ENPROSC’s member Sanjila Neupane has been working on addressing issues of environmental design for development projects such as hydropower projects in Nepal. Neupane’s research focuses the environmental components and their monitoring through remote sensing in the context of developing countries. Her current work is directed towards identifying the gaps within national policy structures and design for environmental assessment.

Sanjila is a research intern at the Global Sanitation Graduate School (GSGS) Project in Kathmandu University (KU), Dhulikhel, Nepal and is pursuing M.Tech Energy and Environmental Engineering at Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. Her current work is being carried out in joint collaboration from ENPROSC, KU and VIT.  At present, Sanjila is working on comparing Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) reports’ prediction and data for operating run-of-river type small hydropower plants of Nepal. The study evaluates IEE reports obtained against results obtained from satellite data over 2013 to 2019 for hydropower projects with capacity between 1MW to 50MW. Her research poses utmost importance in current scenario of Nepal where new hydropower projects are being proposed everyday while environmental polices are either being amended or formulated.