The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) at the Asian Institute of Technology assists countries to advance their environment and sustainable development goals through the provision of capacity-building, knowledge sharing, policy advice, and research in three thematic areas: Climate Change, Air and Atmosphere, and Waste Management.
RRCAP was jointly established by United Nations Environment (UNE) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 1989. Named GRID-Bangkok when it was first created, it was envisioned as a data centre to generate key environmental and statistical data-sets focusing on South Asia. In 1993, GRID-Bangkok was strengthened and became an outpost office of UNE Assessment Division and was named Environment Assessment Programme (EAPAP). Its goal was to increase capacity building of national governments in the region to prepare quantitative assessments of state of the environment.
Acting to respond to changes in demand for information on environment and development, the programme was then expanded to become the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRCAP) in December 1999 after an initiative by the Executive Director of United Nations Environmental initially as a joint UNE-AIT Academic Centre. The relationship between AIT and UNE is governed by Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) which are reviewed and renewed from time to time. During the last MoU that was signed RRCAP was transformed from a Joint UNE–AIT Academic Centre to one of AIT’s Institute wide centre.
RRCAP is a multi-disciplinary, self-financed, non-profit and semi-autonomous regional knowledge Centre with a mandate to promote sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific by offering capacity building and knowledge services to governments, regional/sub-regional organizations, civil society organizations and corporate organizations including secretariat services to regional/sub-regional networks.