RRC.AP is host to numerous intergovernmental and technical support
networks, such as Acid Deposition Monitoring Network for East Asia
(EANET), the Malé Declaration on Control and Prevention of
Air Pollution and its Likely Transboundary Effects for South Asia
(Malé Declaration), Atmospheric Brown Cloud (ABC), and the
Joint Forum on Atmospheric Environment in Asia and the Pacific (Joint
Forum). The inherent strength of RRCAP lies on atmospheric issues
and air pollution, with landmark projects such as ABC and EANET.
The joint UNEP-WHO secretariat for the Regional Forum on Environment
and Health is serviced by RRC.AP. The Secretariat for the Collaborative
Action Network (CAN) is at RRC.AP.The key functions include:
- Atmospheric Issues:
- EANET is an intergovernmental mechanism dealing with acid
deposition issues and problems in East Asia;
- Malé Declaration is an intergovernmental agreement
tackling transboundary air pollution in South Asia;
- ABC is a regional initiative integrating science, impact
assessment, regional capacity building and policy making to
address emerging regional climate change issues, such as Black
Carbon, and issues related to increasing air pollution.
- Joint Forum is designed to facilitate closer cooperation
among regional air pollution networks in Asia.
- Regional Forum on Environment and Health in South-East and
East Asian Countries. The Regional Forum promotes a coordinated
intervention at national to regional levels for reduction of adverse
impacts of environmental deterioration on human health in 14 member
countries in Asia.
- Sustainable Development Networks (SDNs): National Councils for
SD and Multi-stakeholder networks to mainstream environment in
decision making processes.
- SDplanNET is supported by IGES and UNEP, which promotes monitoring
and research on SD networking and implementation in Asia.
- Collaborative Action Network (CAN). This facilitates and promotes
partnerships of more than 35 members consisting of inter-governmental
bodies; institutions engaged in the broad area of environment
including GEO Collaborating Centres; Development Partners and
relevant UN agencies.