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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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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. More Details ...

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...


  • GIC and RRC.AP Research Collaboration meeting

    ​RRC.AP was invited by the Geoinformatics Center (GIC) for a joint research collaboration meeting on 25 August 2015 at the GIC office in AIT. The meeting started off with a welcome address and introduction by Dr. Lal Samarakoon, Director of GIC. Mr. Osamu Mizuno, Director of RRC.AP also gave his introductory remarks. Hoping to promote potential collaboration between the two AIT centres in the future, the meeting was held to exchange i... Read more..

  • Sixteenth Session of the Senior Technical Managers' Meeting (STM16), 25-26 August, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

    ​The Sixteenth Session of the Senior Technical Managers' Meeting (STM16) of EANET was organised by the Network Center of EANET in cooperation with the Government of Mongolia on 25-26 August 2015 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. RRC.AP as the implementing centre for some functions of the EANET Secretariat had provided inputs to the progress report of the EANET Secretariat since STM15 presented by the UNEP representative at the meeting.

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  • Second Working Group Meeting of the ERIA Research Project on the Survey on Vehicle Recycling in the ASEAN

    The Second Working Group Meeting of the ERIA Research Project on the Survey on Vehicle Recycling in the ASEAN Region was jointly organized by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI) and the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) on 21 August 2015 in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The meeting was attended by government officials, experts, think-tanks and persons wit... Read more..

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