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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.

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The Regional Outlook for Asia will be developed to complement the global overview of the Global Waste Management Outlook (GWMO). The development of the Asia Pacific Waste Management Outlook (APWMO) is a follow-up to the Global Waste Management Outlook (GWMO) launched in 2015, in partnership with ISWA. The regional outlook will allow a deeper analysis of the state of waste management in Asia, by reflecting its concrete situation and using case studies from the region and propose more tailored recommendations for the region.

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 a part of the Capacity Building at the National and City level. This consultation meeting will be led by UNEP IETC with the Consortium partners:  Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), Kyoto University (Japan), Tongji University (China), TERI University (India), Griffith University and UNSW Australia.  The meeting will discuss the progress on academic curriculum work and decide on the next steps to deliver the curriculum by the consortium partners. More details...

Asia-Pacific Waste Management Outlook

Academic Curriculum on Holistic Waste Management

Global Knowledge Platform for Waste Management

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...

Events


  • Climate Change Downscaler Training Workshop

    Spatial climate prediction is essential for assessing impacts of climate change and designing and prioritizing adaptation strategies and measures to address the impacts. Climate change projection can also facilitate land use and urban planning through the assessment of impacts of land use change on regional climate change.  Currently, climate impact assessment researchers and land use and urban planners need to either request climate prediction researchers to generate necessary data or apply dynamic downscaling to the data by themselves in order to obtain detailed spatial climate prediction data in accordance to their own purposes. However, dynamic downscaling requires advanced specialized knowledge; hence its application is extremely difficult. Responding to the needs for making local climate change projections and assessments without advanced modeli... Read more..

  • International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia

    ​The International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia is  held from 27 to 28 January 2016 at the Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani, Thailand. The forum intends to bring together researchers from universities and governmental institutions, experts from governments and industries, and graduate and post-graduate students with interests in discourses on sustainable development in Asia in order to seek new ways of building bridges between science and policy through stimulating discussions among key stakeholders, catalyzing coherent researches on relevant policy issues through knowledge networks and institutional mechanisms to support trans-boundary thinking and problem-solving, and determining feasible paths towards truly sustainable societies through converting aspirations into actions at local, national and regional levels. This forum is join... Read more..

  • Wastewater Management and Sanitation Promating DEWATS -E Learning Module

    ​Water security remains a challenge for over 75% of the countries in Asia and the Pacific, where poor sanitation and wastewater management leads to the contamination of fresh water sources and is a major cause of disease and death, while also impacting eco-system health. In 2012, nearly 180 million people lacked access to improved sanitation in South-East Asia alone. Water is a resource with competing uses and interlinkages with the ecological, social and economic systems, and thus needs to be managed through a comprehensive approach. Enhancing knowledge-sharing and cooperation in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Asia and the Pacific was unanimously accepted by all member States at 69th Session of the UN ESCAP in 2013, Resolution 69/8. IWRM is a key strategy for an efficient, equitable and sustainable development approach. Through IWRM, water is treated as an economic, social and environmental ... Read more..

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