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VOL.15 NO.1 JAN-APR 2014
Interstate Commission of Sustainable Development (ICSD) Meeting, 2-3 April, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Group photo of the ICSD meeting participants   

The Interstate Commission of Sustainable Development (ICSD) Meeting was held on 2-3 April 2014 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The ICSD meeting was hosted by the Government of Tajikistan. The outcome of the meeting was the decision reconfirming waste as a priority area for Central Asia within the framework of the Regional Environmental Action Plan (REAP). In coordination with the United Nations Environment Programme – International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP-IETC), RRC.AP will be assisting in the development of the National Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan for Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Mr. Guilberto Borongan of RRC.AP participated in the meeting.

Environmental Performance Assessment Project Meeting, 13-14 March, Chengdu, China

The EPA project team at SWUFE and RRC.AP   

The project meeting for the Environmental Performance Assessment (EPA) in Sichuan, China was held at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) on 13 March 2014. The Greater Mekong Sub-region programmes and projects implemented at the RRC.AP were introduced to the project team from SWUFE's Institute of Development Studies. The EPA concept and framework were shared in the meeting. The project implementation steps and keys to success were also discussed. Objectives of the kick-off meeting were achieved at the end of the meeting; and implementation plan was drafted. Dr. Jonathan Shaw and Ms. Liang Li attended the meeting from the RRC.AP.

Inception and Capacity-Building Workshop on National and City Waste Management Strategies, 12-14 March, Osaka, Japan


Group photo of Paticipants
Photo source: UNEP IETC


The Inception and Capacity-Building Workshop on National and City Waste Management Strategies and Action Plans was held on 12-14 March 2014 in Osaka, Japan. The workshop was organized by UNEP-IETC. The participants were composed of national- and city-level waste management decision makers from a cluster of countries representing different subregions in Asia, such as: i) Southeast Asia: Cambodia (Phnom Penh), Myanmar (Yangon) and Malaysia (Iskandar); ii) South Asia: Bhutan (Thimphu), Nepal (Kathmandu) and India (Kota City); and iii) Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek), Tajikistan (Dushanbe). Other international organizations, namely, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), UNEP Regional Office for Asia Pacific (ROAP) and UNEP Regional Office for Europe (ROE), were also represented. The workshop aimed to build capacity for the development of waste management strategy and action plan in the region and to agree on the project's work plan and budget. Mr. Guilberto Borongan, Mr. Marco Silvestri, Ms. Seng Ja Jangmaw of RRC.AP participated in the workshop and the other events organized by UNEP IETC.

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EANET Newsletter Volume 15 (July-December 2014) recently released

The Acid Deposition Monitoring in East Asia (EANET) Secretariat has recently published the EANET Newsletter volume 15. The latest issue which contains all the events and activities of EANET during the second half of 2013 (July-December) had been distributed to the network members in March 2014. The EANET Newsletter is issued bi-annually according to the work plan of the Secretariat, and can be downloaded from the EANET website.

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