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.


Capacity Building

Our training programmes and workshops equip participants with practical tools, insights, and the know-how to advance sustainable development action. We ensure that these activities are tailored  to address the specific needs and demands of each stakeholder.
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Knowledge sharing

We organize seminars, symposiums, consultations, conferences and webinars, and develop user-friendly outreach materials, with the aim to facilitate intergovernmental and cross-sector dialogue, knowledge exchange, and science-based knowledge transfer.
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Policy advice

We work closely with local, national and regional stakeholders to strengthen policy formulation and implementation.
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research

We believe problem-oriented data assessment and scientific research lead to strengthening the understanding of the environmental problems, eventually guiding to the solution.
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Vacancy Announcements

We are recruiting a research intern to support air & atmospheric pollution research and data analysis. More details...


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Upcoming Events

Celebrating three decades of service to Asia and the Pacific, RRC.AP is organizing a series of workshop, seminars, and movie nights among others to raise awareness on the environment. The series which will run from April to September 2019 aims to inspire and provoke conversations between stakeholders on pertinent issues on air pollution, climate change, and waste management which we all face today as individuals and as a society. All activities are absolutely free to the public. We encourage you to bring your friends and colleagues along for the events. More details...

For the month of May 2019, we are organizing an awareness raising workshop on plastic waste reduction to prevent marine litter. The workshop promises an interactive, practical, solution-oriented session on "Communities participation in reducing marine plastic litter"  as part of its 30th anniversary celebration.

Globally, marine plastic debris presents significant challenges and potential health risks to humans and marine habitats through the ingestion of plastic fragments and attached toxins by fish, seabirds and marine mammals. Over 80 per cent of marine plastic litter comes from land-based sources, making plastic the most common type of marine litter. 75 per cent of the leakages that comes from land-based sources originates from uncollected waste, while the remaining 25 per cent leaks from within the waste management system itself.  

It is estimated that 95 per cent of plastic in the oceans is transported by 10 major rivers, eight of which are in Asia, and that Asian countries with fast growing markets and underdeveloped waste management systems – including China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam – may be responsible for as much as 60 per cent of plastic waste leakage. The workshop aims to highlight the collective responsibilities of consumer communities in contributing to reduce marine  plastic litter. More details...

Attendance for this event is free of charge. You may register your participation  to enable us to make better logistics.
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Events


  • AIT RRC.AP participated in the Expert Group Meeting on Infrastructure Financing for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

    ​On 7-8 March 2019, Qing Xia, Senior Climate Finance Programme Specialist, in the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the Asian Institute of Technology attended the Expert Group Meeting on Infrastructure Financing for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. The expert group meeting addressed how developing countries in Asia and the Pacific can incre... Read more..

  • Meeting with Wongpanit Co. Ltd.

    ​On 4th July 2018, Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon of UEM faculty in SERD-AIT and Mr. Guilberto Borongan of AIT RRC.AP met with Dr. Somthai Wongcharoen, President and Owner of Wongpanit International Co. Ltd. to explore potential waste partnerships on recycling business models. The aim of the proposed concept proposal is developing and running a regional/international academic program in the business model for eco-innovation with a focus on ... Read more..

  • 4th NIES Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia

    ​RRC.AP in collaboration with National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science(IR3S) and Vietnam Japan University (VJU) is organizing the 4th International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia hosted in Haoi, Vietnam from 23-24 January 2019. The director of RRC.AP, Mr. Naoya Tsukamoto, delivered a remarkable speech for the opening session addressing the glabal issues we are faci... Read more..


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Thematic Areas


Air and Atmospheric Pollution

The RRC.AP has been hosting the Secretariat of major intergovernmental and technical support networks, such as the Malé Declaration on Control and Prevention of Air Pollution and its Likely Transboundary Effects for South Asia (Malé Declaration) since 1998, the Atmospheric Brown Cloud (ABC) Programme since its operation in 2002 and is currently an implementing partner to the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET). More ...

Climate Change

Currently, the Climate Change Cluster's services are geared towards building capacity and skills in government officials and other stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific to effectively access climate finance, advance climate change adaptation action, and enhance disaster risk reduction efforts More...

Waste Management

The Waste Management Cluster  focus on connecting scientific understanding on waste issues with sound policies at regional, national, and local levels through research and assessment, policy support, capacity development, and secretariat functions and partnership.   More ...

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