Advancement of Science

Problem-oriented data Problem-oriented data assessment and scientific research lead to strengthening the understanding of the environmental problems, eventually guiding to the solution. Asia and the Pacific are facing severe environmental emergencies due to rapid industrialization, urbanization, forest-degradation, inappropriate land use and planning, and increasing population growth. Due to these factors, problems of air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, and mismanagement of solid waste are seriously compromising human health. RRC.AP, through the involvement of other AIT units and schools, renders the following services to its clients, strengthening the understanding of science of environmental issues:
  • Monitoring of pollutants;
  • Modeling activities to increase the understanding on the impacts;
  • Inventory development for pollutants;
  • Propose technological measures for mitigation of pollutants;
  • Propose recommendations for mitigation;
  • Promotion of technologies for sustainable development.

Policy Formulation and Management

Existing greater challenges in environment management for climate change mitigation, adaptation and other fields of sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region are due to the lack of commitment from stakeholders, weak participation, weaknesses in policies, weak standards and regulations, and lack of information on the state of the environment and impacts on human health. Even when policies are in place, there is often a need to develop strategies to enable their implementation, especially developing the knowledge and capacity of local governments. RRC.AP provides the following services to strengthen the policy formulation and implementation:
  • Assessment and monitoring of existing policies and strategies that address environmental impacts, their drivers and measures, facilitating the policy-setting processes with science-based knowledge;
  • Preparation of state of the environment reports and policy briefs for air quality, water quality, climate change mitigation and adaptation, waste management, and other segments of sustainable development;
  • Development of recommendations based on pilot project studies and lessons learnt;
  • Organization of seminars, symposiums, workshops and trainings for scientists and policy makers, including high level consultations, to transfer science-based knowledge, prepare policy briefs, and develop recommendations to policy makers for a better science-policy interface in collaboration with other units and schools of AIT;
  • Support for the development of national and local action plans and strategies;
  • Integration of climate change adaptation into development planning.

Enhancement of Capacity

  • Established atmospheric monitoring stations in Asia and Pacific region equipped with state-of-the–art instrumentation, for examples, ABC (11), EANET (53), and Male’ Declaration (14);
  • Human resource development through organization of training, workshops, symposiums;
  • Development of low carbon and sustainable energy policies and strategies;
  • Promotion of low carbon emission technologies and scientific monitoring of ambient air quality and atmospheric measurements;
  • Integration of climate change adaptation into development planning; and  
  • Strengthen the capacity of the countries to integrate climate change responses into national development processes.

Building of Knowledge Base

  • Data compilation and environmental management;
  • On-line knowledge management;
  • Synthesizing, generating and managing knowledge on sustainable development, including climate change;
  • RRC.AP along with partners has published a number of scientific reports, impact assessment studies, and scientific articles in International Journals.

Partnerships and Secretariat Function

  • RRC.AP assists with intergovernmental fora at sub-regional levels and priority projects at the national level.
  • Promote public-private partnerships in all the stages of waste management chain
  • Support the Rio+20 decisions by promoting waste management 
  • RRCAP is the Secretariat of major regional air pollution initiatives in the Asian region.