Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific

The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) is an Institute-wide centre of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) that aims to bridge the gap between the scientific understanding of sustainable development processes and sound policies at national and regional levels.

Our goal is to provide resources for informed decision making and policy setting towards sustainable development, acting as a science-policy interface by regional networking, processing and assessing information and knowledge for governments, local communities and other stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region.

RRC.AP also serves as a Secretariat for several networks and Multilateral Environmental Agreements. In over 25 years of activity we have provided support for the development and implementation of national strategies and policies in several fields of sustainable development, strengthening the capacity of government environment agencies as well as non-state actors and stakeholders to address sustainable development through the environment window.

  • Training programme on “Achieving International Climate Change Commitments in the Waste Sector in Bhutan, Mongolia, and Nepal

    ​The Waste Management Cluster in partnership with the United Nations Environment - International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) organized a five-day training programme on “Achieving International Climate Change Commitments in the Waste Sector in Bhutan, Mongolia, and Nepal” from 11 to 15 December 2017. The training programme was part of a capacity building programme for the International Climate Initiative project “Strengtheni... Read more..

  • The Training Programme on ‘Developing Project Proposals for Climate Change’

    ​The training programme on ‘Developing project proposals for climate change’ for Pakistan was organised jointly by AIT RRC.AP and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) on 7-11 August 2017 at the AIT, Pathumthani, Thailand. Seventeen participants from various government line agencies of Pakistan had attended this programme which developed draft concept notes of four climate change projects for a potential submission to the G... Read more..

  • USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Final Workshop

    ​RRC.AP attended the close out workshop of the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific project on 22 August 2017 at the USAID Asia Regional Training Center (ARTC) represented by Director Osamu Mizuno, Head of Climate Change, Ms. Alla Metelitsa, Mr. Armen Rostomyan, and Mr. Lyan Villacorta. The workshop was focused on the key lessons learned all throughout the 6-year life of the Adapt project as well as lessons from the partnerships among all the org... Read more..



Air and Atmospheric Pollution

The RRC.AP has been hosting the Secretariat of major intergovernmental and technical support networks, such as the Malé Declaration on Control and Prevention of Air Pollution and its Likely Transboundary Effects for South Asia (Malé Declaration) since 1998, the Atmospheric Brown Cloud (ABC) Programme since its operation in 2002 and is currently an implementing partner to the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET). The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), through RRC.AP, being a partner to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) is designated as one of the implementing partners of the Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles and Engines Initiative (HDDI) starting 2016.  Also, RRC.AP was tapped to be the Focal Point of Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) in AIT. More ...

Climate Change

The Climate Change Cluster has carried out assessments on adaptation and mitigation under funding from the Ministry of Environment, Japan (MOEJ). The cluster was involved in the organization of the APAN Forum, leading sessions and discussions.  The cluster has also synthesised results of context-specific research and assessments undertaken by AIT faculty and RRC.AP experts and repackaged them into policy-oriented knowledge products, which were then further utilised for training, mentoring and long-term capacity-building programmes for government officials and other stakeholders to help them prepare for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and for the achievement of climate related Sustainable Development Goals at the national level. More...

Waste Management

The Waste Management Cluster  focus on connecting scientific understanding on waste issues with sound policies at regional, national, and local levels through research and assessment, policy support, capacity development, and secretariat functions and partnership. Waste cluster work builds towards sustainable waste management in the region while realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Climate Accord, Green Growth, Sustainable Consumption and Production, ASEAN Socio-cultural community blueprint 2025, among relevant global and regional frameworks, targets, and initiatives from the perspective of waste management.  More ...

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