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.


By Dr. Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Chair of the Board of Directors Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan
17 August 2017, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.        
AIT Conference Center Auditorium
Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani

The academic landscape of sustainability science has changed drastically over the years. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, it involved discussions in each specialized field, including engineering, agriculture, health sciences and economics. But now, over a decade into the new century, it has become more interdisciplinary — integrating more disciplines to pursue a comprehensive understanding of social and ecological systems.

Sustainability science also promotes the co-evolution of academia and society. Future Earth, a new international research platform focusing on the global environment, also emphasizes the importance of promoting transdisciplinary approaches that enable the co-design, co-production and co-delivery of knowledge. In order to involve society in conducting research even from the designing stage, measures should be taken to strengthen the interface between science, policy and society.

The international community is now faced with the challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Sustainability science is essential for scientifically explaining of the importance of achieving SDGs. It is expected to play a significant role in systematically revealing relationships with the SDGs and structuring them to meet each objective. Sustainability Science needs to present a new vision for a sustainable future that reintegrates social and ecological systems.
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Climate Change Asia (CCA)

It is a new Programme established at AIT as a regional initiative with like-minded organizations. The Programme endeavors to enhance national and sub-national capacities of diverse stakeholders in order to catalyze action for implementing the Paris Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular SDG 13 that exhorts nations to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”. A key feature of the CCA mandate is to augment indigenous capacities to identify, procure, and manage climate funding. RRC.AP serves as the secretariat for CCA.

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Partnership Activities

2nd International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia
Bali, Indonesia
 26-28 January 2017

The Second International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia was convened in Udayana University, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on 26-28 January 2017. The Forum was supported and organized by National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan and co-organized by Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, University of Tokyo (IR3S/UTokyo), Udayana University, Bogor Agricultural University, and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

The participants include specialists from academia, business circles, and central/local governments in the Asia region. The 2nd Forum objectives are to:

  1. elucidate new ways of building sustainable,
  2. catalyze policy-research networking for the formulation of relevant science-based policies, and
  3. create the foundation for a consortium of relevant institutions and governments in the region that will facilitate exchanges of knowledge gained through research and catalyze dialogue at the policy-research interface in the spheres of environmental management and sustainable development in Asia.

The key focus of the 2nd Forum for the realization of sustainable societies in Asia include Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Risks and Health, Biodiversity, Waste Management and Recycling, and Synergizing Adaptation and Mitigation Actions. The joint statement of NIES, AIT and IR3S/UTokyo was adopted during the Forum, in establishing comprehensive research initiatives and networks in order to make effective action within the Asia-Pacific Region.

AIT RRC.AP is the secretariat of the Forum. Prof. Yamamoto, AIT Vice President of Administration graced the Forum with his opening remarks and key note speech titled ‘Towards Globally Competitive Environmental Research and Education Alliance from Asia’. AIT RRC.AP Waste Custer was responsible for coordinating and supporting NIES in gathering experts from AIT as key speakers at the Forum. AIT RRC.AP Waste Cluster also made a presentation under the key area Waste Management and Recycling, wherein we shared the current waste management situation, opportunities and gaps in ASEAN countries. International NIES Forum is an annual event, where AIT RRC.AP is the secretariat. The first Symposium was co-organized on Jan 2016 in AIT, Thailand. For more details...


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Activities on Climate Change

Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN)

As a core technical partner of APAN, RRC.AP acts as a science-policy interface that aims to provide resources for adaptation policy setting to countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. RRC.AP's work is mainly focused on synthesizing scientific and experience-based knowledge generated by adaptation researchers and practitioners to be relevant and useful at all levels of the adaption planning process.

Low Carbon Technology Assessment

RRC.AP is focused in the transfer and diffusion of low carbon technologies (LCTs) to contribute in the reduction of GHG emissions and support the achievement of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) among countries in the Asia and the Pacific. Initial assessments included the needs assessments and technology mapping for Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

Climate Finance

In line of the Paris Agreement in the recently concluded COP21, RRC.AP looks forward to enrich the capacity and capability of countries, institutions, and organizations in preparing meaningful bankable project proposals in order to access climate finance in realizing the immense potential of the Asia Pacific region in contributing to the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.

Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia (AKP)

RRC.AP as AKP's Secretariat led the regional knowledge sharing component. RRC.AP successfully established a regional mechanism for adaptation knowledge exchanges among various networks and individuals through the organization of three Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forums and seven context-specific seminars, as well as by developing a climate change adaptation web portal that houses over 500 knowledge products.

Adaptation Planning and Monitoring

RRC.AP plays an active role in building the capacity of all stakeholders of the national adaptation plan (NAP) process in NAP formulation. In particular, RRC.AP facilitates the process of developing the monitoring framework and locally applicable monitoring indicators and data collection tools in Vietnam and Thailand, involving national and provincial stakeholders who are expected to contribute to the NAP process in both countries.

Environment and Climate Change Assessments

In bridging the science-policy gap, RRC.AP has engaged in a number of analytical assessments on the status of environment and climate change. The recent work includes the development of the National Environment Outcomes Summary for Cambodia and Laos that were aimed at providing policy relevant information on environment and climate change issues as an input into the UN Development Assistant Framework and UNEP Programming.

  • Mentoring on Climate Change Proposal Development, 30 March, Manila, Philippines

    ​As a follow-up to the Training Programme on Developing Project Proposals on Climate Change Mitigation held in December 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand under the umbrella of the Climate Change Asia initiative, RRC.AP conducted a one-day mentoring workshop in Manila, Philippines, on 30 March 2017. During this workshop, representatives of the National Electrification Administration and the Development Bank of the Philippines received guidance and advice on the further development of a concept note for a project on renewable energy for rural electrification in islands, which is intended for submission to the Green Climate Fund.

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  • WEPA Group Workshop on Piggery Wastewater Management in Asia, 21-22 February, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    A two-day Water Environmental Partnership in Asia (WEPA) workshop on Piggery Wastewater Management in Asia was organised by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) on 21-22 February at Chiang Mai, Thailand. A total of 25 participants from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam participated in the workshop. On the first day of the workshop, the participating countries made presentation on the country status on pig production, associated impact of piggery wastewater to water environment, and the existing pollution control (technology and policy) measures for

    piggery wastewater management in their respective countries. RRC.AP made a presentation on the situation of piggery wastewater management in Thailand. The presentation was based on the findings from a desk research project being conducted by RRC.AP for the IGES. The second day of the workshop was a site visit t... Read more..

  • Workshop for countries of the Asia-Pacific region: Advancing National Adaptation Planning and Implementation of Adaptation Actions in Asia-Pacific

    ​A two-day workshop co-hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand through the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) was convened on 15 - 16 February 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand to share experiences in implementing NAPs and discuss various topics including how the NAP process can be extended onto the local level including how the coordination structures to engage relevant stakeholders, different ways to utilize and manage data to support the implementation of adaptation actions and measures, and various monitoring and evaluation schemes for adaptation actions. Visit the workshop website for more information.

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Projects and Programmes

Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET)

Sulfur and nitric acids are recognized as major causes of atmospheric acidification. Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emitted from the burning of coal and oil react in the atmosphere to form sulfuric acid and nitric acid that are deposited on the earth. Sulfuric acid is one of the most important components used to evaluate acid deposition. In some major cities in East Asia the annual deposition of sulfate amounts to more that 100 kg/ha. Read More....

Malé Declaration

The Malé Declaration on Control and Prevention of Air Pollution and its likely Transboundary Effects for South Asia (Malé Declaration) is an intergovernmental network involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, the Republic of Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Since its inception in 1998, the Malé Declaration National Focal Points (NFPs) and National Implementing Agencies (NIAs) have worked on a comprehensive set of activities, funded by the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida), to build capacity in South Asia for the assessment of air pollution impacts and prevention and control options. Read More...

Atmospheric Brown Cloud

Atmospheric brown clouds (ABCs) are widespread layers of brownish haze of air pollutants, such as aerosol particles (e.g. black carbon) and precursor gases which produce aerosols and ozone in the atmosphere. ABCs, with buildup greenhouse gases, significantly affect the regional climate, hydrological cycle, glacial melting, agriculture production, ecosystem and human health. The Atmospheric Brown Cloud (ABC) programme of UNEP with a team of renowned scientists is addressing the issues of ABCs through measurements, impact assessment, demonstration of mitigation solutions, and creating awareness. Read More...


National and City Waste Management Strategy

Waste poses many various challenges to governments, both at national and local level, as well as to communities due to wastes' volumes, complexity and hazardousness. Additionally waste management in most developing countries is disorganized, haphazard, and under-resourced; and mainly focused on end of pipe solutions rather than prevention measures and integrated approaches. Read More...

End-of-Life Vehicles Recycling in ASEAN countries

In the ASEAN region, approximately two thousand used vehicles are exported every year from Japan, which include both entire cars and recycled parts. As the automobile market in the ASEAN region keeps growing, the markets for used vehicles and recycled parts are expected to keep expanding in the ASEAN region. Under these circumstances, an estimate predicts that about 2.4 million motor vehicles will be discarded in 2020. Read More...

CCAC – Municipal Solid Waste Initiative

Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) – Municipal Waste Management Initiative (MSWI) enable cities to advance in the waste hierarchy in a coordinated and cohesive manner to mitigate and avoid the generation of Short Lived Climate Pollutants across the municipal solid waste sector. Read more...


UNIDO PAGE Industrial Waste Inventory

Mongolia was the first country to join the PAGE initiative in November 2013, and in 2014, the initiative completed an initial report by taking stock of Mongolia's situation and also a green jobs mapping study. Modeling and policy inventory work is now underway to support a quantitative analysis of the impact and cost of the country's transition to a green economy. Read More...

Waste for Sustainable Development (WSD) Consortium

UNEP IETC is facilitating a University Consortium to develop an academic curriculum on holistic waste management for professionals, such as policy makers, managers and technicians, as part of the capacity building at the national and city level. Read More...

Asia Pacific Adaptation Network

Climate change – along with degradation of natural ecosystems, pollution and other environmental change – is a significant burden and threat to human development and poverty alleviation efforts. Adaptation to climate change is part of development; but to build adaptive, resilient societies, development as business as usual will be inadequate to address future needs and challenges.  Read more...