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.


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Climate Change Asia (CCA)

Climate Change Asia (CCA) is a regional initiative established in early 2016 at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) with like-minded partners - the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). CCA’s objective is to build the capacities of governments and other stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific to access, mobilize and manage climate finance. Although a plethora of climate finance options is available, governments in the region still lack the knowledge, skills and capacity to develop sound and bankable project proposals. This is the gap that CCA aims to fill.

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Activities on Climate Change

"The Climate Change Cluster services are geared towards building the knowledge and capacity in government officials and other key stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific, in order for them to be better equipped to effectively access climate finance, advance climate adaptation action and enhance disaster risk reduction efforts."
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  • Seventeenth Session of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (SAC17)

    ​The AIT Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) supported the Secretariat for the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) at the UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office in organising the Seventeenth Session of the Scientific Advisory Committee on the EANET (SAC17) at the Asia Airport Hotel, Pathumthani, Thailand, on 26-28 September 2017. The meeting was participated by the SAC members from the thirteen EANET countries, namely, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam. On major issues, the Session agreed on a draft Periodic Report on the State of Acid Deposition in East Asia and reviewed the Work Program and Budget of the EANET in 2018 which will be submitted for consideration and approval at the Nineteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG19) on the EANET on 13-14 November 2017 in Si... Read more..

  • Training Workshop on Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation

    ​The Training Workshop on Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation was held at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Service Building, Bangkok, Thailand from 11 to 15 September 2017. The workshop was attended by a total of 22 participants from 15 countries in the region, as well as by observers from UNDP, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource (WOCAN), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). The workshop was led by AIT RRC.AP consultants and staff, namely, Dr. Peter King, Dr. Keith Bettinger and Mr. Armen Rostomyan, with support from Ms. Nat Pinnoi and Ms. Mari Tomova (Global Environmental Finance Unit, UNDP) and with online participation of the Green Climate Fund and the Adaptation Fund. The training programme on Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change ... Read more..

  • Pavilion of Partnerships during the First Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment

    ​RRC.AP has joined the Asian Institute Technology booth at the Pavilion of Partnership during the 1st Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment which was held at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand, from 5 to 8 September 2017.   The objective of the Pavilion was to provide additional informal space for member states, civil society, UN agencies and other stakeholders to share and showcase good practices on issues of concern for the environment and development. RRC.AP distributed its dissemination materials and shared its experience on face to face discussions with participants of the meeting.  

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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...