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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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A comprehensive three days training program to enable government officials to prepare fundable project proposals for climate change adaptation. The training is offered jointly by The Climate Change Asia (CCA), Asian Institute of Technology and USAID (through their Adapt Asia-Pacific Project).

The objectives of the course are:

  • help in understanding climate change realities and risks; how to manage risks, screen for sensitivities, and address key vulnerable groups and areas; how climate change adaptation can be grounded in national development plans and broader national adaptation policy and strategic frameworks.
  • aid in identifying sources of international funding options and develop capacities for accessing those sources.
  • build capacity in project preparation for climate change adaptation by illustrating 'how-to' methods, tools and processes for use in rigorous adaptation project/program design in line with policies and plans.
  • provide an introduction to Implementation and monitoring of projects. More details...

Upcoming Events

Effective Monitoring of Climate Change Adaptation: Field work in Hau Giang Province, Vietnam

RRC.AP and the Vietnam institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate change (IMHEN) will jointly conduct the field work in the Hau Giang province of Vietnam on 12-16 September. The objectives of the field work are: a) To explore 1) significant issues in the water sector associated with climate change, DPSIR (Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response) linkages and information needs within the sector, 2) provincial goals and approaches set in the provincial action plan to respond climate change and the socio-economic development plan and/or other policies associated with the sector and 3) political commitments of the provincial government (e.g. the process of developing investment plans and reporting to national agencies). b) To identify 1) the past, on-going and planned projects on water/irrigation; 2) what monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems have been used; and 3) potential cases/projects in the Hau Giang Province where monitoring systems can be field-tested c) To engage the provincial government as well as provincial line organisations in the project process and discuss the need for developing appropriate information systems to track progress in climate adaptation. For more information about the project...


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...

  • Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation Pilot Training Course

    ​Climate Change Asia (CCA), AIT and USAID (through their Adapt Asia-Pacific Project) has been conducting a training course on "Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation" for participants from South and Southeast Asia from 06-10 June, 2016 at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. This is a "Train-the-Trainer" course, developed by USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific in collaboration with the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii.

    The course aims to improve the capacity on preparing fundable project proposals for climate change adaptation. The course will 1) help in understanding climate change realities and risks; how to manage risks, screen for sensitivities, and address key vulnerable groups and areas; how climate change adaptation can be grounded in national development plans and broader national adaptation polic... Read more..

  • Waste Management Joint Workshops

    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), Kyo... Read more..

  • 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..

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