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Uponor sponsors Team Nepali

Uponor sponsors a research project on communication practices in post-disaster reconstruction in Nepal

Uponor is proud to sponsor Team Nepali: an interdisciplinary team of five master and doctoral students from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, who are carrying out research project this spring called Nepali as part of a studio course in Aalto University, Helsinki and the Sustainable Global Technologies programme.

Nepali is a 5-month practical research project on communication practices in post-disaster reconstruction focusing on the earthquake recovery in Nuwakot and Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The team will collect and analyse successfully adopted sustainable reconstruction solutions and communication practices used in sharing information about those solutions after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal.

The project started out with a background study of the reconstruction issues in Nepal, sustainability in reconstruction and communication practices among the Nepalese people. In March 2018, the team travelled to Nepal for field research, interviewing local inhabitants and actors in the field of reconstruction, visiting and collecting data from the case sites. By gathering information about the ways of communication and the best practices in sustainable reconstruction, the team will then propose a framework of relations between communication practices and knowledge adoption of sustainable reconstruction solutions.

The aim is to determine which means of communication are likely to succeed or fail in spreading knowledge of different sustainable reconstruction practices. Such framework can then also be applied to other similar situations. The team has partnered up with students and researchers from Asian Institute of Technology and Management, as well as other local NGOs and institutions participating in reconstruction activities in the area. These partners can then utilise the research results freely, which will in the end help the local people whose homes and villages are in need of reconstruction after the Gorkha earthquake, and after any natural disasters in the future. The main, long-term impact of the project is improving the resilience of villagers and the sustainability of their permanent living environment in the local context, in this case earthquake-prone areas in Nuwakot and Kathmandu Valley.

“Providing access to drinking water is in the core of Uponor’s business, and access to water is also one of the biggest sustainability challenges that the world currently faces. We want to be associated with and engaged in activities that ensure access to drinking water also in those parts of the world where we are not directly present, and in particular support those that are in acute need of help because of natural or other disasters. This is in the heart of our sustainability commitment and our brand,” says Ilari Aho, VP; New Business Development and CSR.

The results of the project will be presented at the Aalto festival in Helsinki, Finland on 21 May 2018.

Find out more about the project and the team from their website & blog at www.nepali.fi

You can also follow the team and the project via social media: Facebook (Team Nepali), Twitter (@nepali_fi) and Instagram (nepali_fi).