The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP), an institute-wide centre within the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), is well positioned to provide national and local governments with information that is scientifically based and repackaged to be usable for their mitigation and adaptation planning and implementation processes. The RRC.AP's Climate Change Custer synthesises results of context-specific research and assessments undertaken by AIT faculty and RRC.AP experts and repackage them into policy-oriented knowledge products. The Cluster further utilises the knowledge products for training, mentoring and long-term capacity-building programmes for government officials and other stakeholders to help them prepare for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and for the achievement of climate related Sustainable Development Goals at the national level.
Current work streams of the Climate Change Cluster:
RRC.AP supports countries in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the assessment of diffusion and transfer of low carbon technologies in the region.
The Cluster is engaged in building the capacity of countries of the region for preparing bankable and/or implementable project proposals on mitigation of climate change and adaptation to its adverse effects. This includes designing and rolling out practical training courses for government officials and developing learning materials.
The cluster provides resources for informed decision making on adaptation strategies and actions at the national and local levels. It currently facilitates national adaptation plan (NAP) preparation processes of Thailand and Vietnam through the development, testing and demonstration of a monitoring framework and guidelines for adaptation implementation under the NAP. In addition, it designs and conducts tailor-made training for government officials and researches on access to and utilisation of downscaled climate data for vulnerability and impact assessments and adaptation strategy formulation.
The Cluster has been functioning as the Regional Hub of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) since its launch in 2009. In this capacity, it provides the APAN community with knowledge management services; collects and disseminates updated adaptation information through E-communiqué Newsletter; and contributes to agenda-setting of the APAN's flagship event, the Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, which facilitates regional level knowledge exchange among over 500 participants annually.
In bridging the science-policy gap, the Cluster has engaged in a number of analytical assessments on the state of the environment and the climate system. The recent work includes the development of the National Environment Outcomes Summary for Cambodia and Laos that aimed at providing policy relevant information on environment and climate change issues as an input into the United Nations Development Assistance Framework and the United Nations Environment Programme Programming.