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VOL.15 NO.3 SEP-DEC 2014
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Sixteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG16) of the EANET, 25-26 November, Jakarta, Indonesia
 
IG16 participants   

The Sixteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG16) was held on 25-26 November 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The event was jointly organised by the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) as the Secretariat for the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) and the Network Center (NC) for the EANET, and hosted by Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia. The representatives of the thirteen participating countries of EANET, namely Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam attended and participated in the Session. Experts from various international organisations were invited to attend, namely, the Secretariat of Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); Asia Center for Air Pollution Research (ACAP); Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES); and Kanazawa University.

On behalf of His Excellency Mr. Arief Yuwono, Deputy Minister of Environment and Forestry, Ms. Emma Rachmawaty, Assistant Deputy Mnister for Mitigation and Atmospheric Function Preservation delivered welcome and opening address to all participants, expressing its pleasure and the honor to host the IG16. Mr. Henk Verbeek, Senior Administrative Officer, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and Dr. Jonathan Shaw, the Deputy Director of RRC.AP, also gave welcome speeches to the participants.

The Session considered and discussed several important issues on the EANET, such as: (i) the report of the review on the State of Air Pollution in East Asia; (ii) the arrangements of the EANET Secretariat at UNEP with some function implemented through RRC.AP/AIT, (iii) the report of pre-feasibility study on the expansion of the scope of the EANET; (iv) the preliminary draft of the Medium Term Plan for EANET (2016-2020); and (v) the final candidates for EANET laureates to receive the EANET Awards of Recognition for their contributions to the EANET, among others.

 
Exclusively the 13th member country, Indonesia signed the Instrument for Strengthening Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET), 25 November, Jakarta, Indonesia
 
Indonesia presented the Instrument signed page to the EANET Secretariat representative   

The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) as the Secretariat for EANET had co-organised the Signing ceremony of the Instrument for Strengthening EANET at the opening session of the 16th Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG16) hosted by the Republic of Indonesia on 25 November 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ms. Emma Rachmawaty, Assistant Deputy Minister for Mitigation and Atmospheric Function Preservation, represented the Office of the Deputy Minister of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia, to deliver the signed page of the Instrument for Strengthening EANET to the Secretariat and delivered a welcome speech. Ms. Rachmawaty stressed on the importance of EANET Instrument to Indonesia and reaffirmed the willingness of Indonesia to actively participate in EANET activities.

 
Integrated Conference of Better Air Quality (BAQ) and the 8th Intergovernmental Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum, 19-21 November, Colombo, Sri Lanka
 
Some staff at RRC.AP booth   

The Integrated Conference of Better Air Quality (BAQ) and the 8th Intergovernmental Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The three-day conference which was held from 19 to 21 November 2014, attracted more than 1,000 delegates from 50 countries. The conference theme for 2014 was "Next Generation Solutions for Clean Air and Sustainable Transport - Towards a Livable Society in Asia." The event which was organised by Clean Air Asia, the United Nations (UN) Center for Regional Development, Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the government of Sri Lanka, aimed to provide leaders from various governments in the region, with a strategic platform to discuss air pollution, transport, and climate change solutions across Asia. A key outcome of the conference was the adoption of the summary of the Conference, which was aimed at fighting air pollution and promoting sustainable development. RRCAP had the opportunity to participate for poster presentation at the conference, showcasing the activities of RRCAP in the region. Dr. Supat Wangwongwatana, Ms. Adelaida Roman and Mr. Guilberto Borongan of RRCAP participated in the event.

 
Consultation Meeting for the Joint Forum on Clean Air in Asia and the Pacific and the Fifth Governmental Meeting on Urban Air Quality in Asia, 17-18 November, Colombo, Sri Lanka
 
Participants of the combined meetings   

The Consultation Meeting for the Joint Forum on Clean Air in Asia and the Pacific and the Fifth Governmental Meeting on Urban Air Quality in Asia was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 17 to 18 November 2014. Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, Sri Lanka, was elected as the Chair of the meeting and Hon. Abdullahi Majeed, State Minister, Ministry of Environment and Energy as Vice Chair. The combined meeting brought together over 60 participants with representation from twenty governments, inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, research institutions, air pollution-related processes and initiatives, and United Nations agencies.

Existing mechanisms and processes were presented. For RRCAP, the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) was presented by Dr. Supat Wangwongwatana and the Malè Declaration on Control and Prevention of Transboundray Air Pollution for South Asia was presented by Ms. Adelaida B. Roman, among other air pollution initiatives. It was stressed at the Joint Forum to have the synergy of the initiatives as there are a large number of regional processes and initiatives related to air pollution in Asia and the Pacific region.

There is an opportunity to address the fragmentation of processes and initiatives in the region by developing a mechanism to help them share experiences and identify opportunities for effective collaboration. Such coordination mechanism would help with better use of investments by avoiding duplication of efforts such as assessments and meetings and ultimately speed up air pollution control in the region.In view of this, the consultation recommended establishment of a Joint Forum on Clean Air in Asia and the Pacific.

Design of the Joint Forum including its scope, functions, activities, and membership will be developed in consultation with interested countries and relevant initiatives and processes. The overall design could draw upon the discussions of the consultation meeting as well as the background document developed for the consultation meeting. The document should clearly identify the "value added" of the new joint forum for the existing initiatives and processes as well as for countries. The document should also clarify the linkages between the joint forum and the Governmental Meeting on Urban Air Quality in Asia. It was recommended to establish a volunteer group to support UNEP in developing the design of the Joint Forum.

The Fifth Governmental Meeting on Urban Air Quality focused on sharing country experiences in improving air quality in line with the long-term vision on urban air quality and on discussing the draft Guidance Framework for Better Air Quality in Asian Cities. It was recommended to develop national level factsheets on air pollution building on the information presented by the governments. The factsheets will help in disseminating the national efforts widely for non-technical audience.

 
Introductory Training Session on Holistic Waste Management, 28-30 October, Bangkok, Thailand
 

Group exercise on academic training for policy makers

  

The training session on "Holistic Waste Management" is a joint effort of the UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), facilitated by the university consortium including Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand; Kyoto University, Japan; Tongji University, China; TERI University, India, and University of New South Wales, Australia, along with the support from Jeju International Training Centre for Local Actors (CIFAL Jeju, Korea) and Global Environmental Centre Foundation (GEC). The training was co-organised by AIT RRC.AP, aiming to share knowledge and experience on the holistic waste management approach to the policy makers and academia through training modules.

The 56 training participants included resource persons from 17 countries across Asia and Europe, namely Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and Austria. The participants came from government agencies, academia, private sector and international organisations. The session was opened by Mr. Surendra Shrestha, Director of UNEP IETC and Ambassador Dal-ho Chung, CIFAL Jeju. The keynote speech on "Role of Universities in Fostering Sustainable Development" was delivered by Dr. Subin Pinkayan, Chairman of the AIT Board of Trustees, wherein he emphasised the important role of universities in facilitating sustainable development through the adoption of a holistic and circular approach on waste management. The session was closed by Dr. Monthip Sriratana Tabucanon, Director of Climate Change Research Center, National Research Council of Thailand.

 
Thirteenth Session of the Working Group on Future Development of the EANET, 1-2 October, Ayutthaya, Thailand
 

WGFD13 participants

  

The Thirteenth Session of the Working Group on the Future Development (WGFD13) of the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) was organised on 1-2 October 2014 in Ayutthaya, Thailand. The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP), Secretariat for the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET), hosted the event. Representatives from the EANET member countries namely, Cambodia, China, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam participated in the Session. The Network Center (NC) for the EANET; United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP ROAP); Kanazawa University; Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and Asia Center for Air Pollution Research (ACAP) were represented.

Mr. Henk Verbeek, Senior Administrative Officer, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific delivered the opening address on behalf of UNEP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific. He welcomed all the delegates to the historic city of Ayutthaya and emphasized the important deliberations of the meeting for the future development of the EANET with the next Medium Term Strategy, particularly the expansion of the scope, and the arrangements for the establishment of the EANET Secretariat at UNEP ROAP.

He also informed the meeting that the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) held in June 2014 adopted a resolution on air pollution which has intensified UNEP's existing work on air pollution and strengthened global and regional cooperation. The Session also considered and discussed several important issues on the EANET, such as: (i) the draft third report for policy maker; (ii) the review on the State of Air Pollution in East Asia; and (iii) the draft report on Future Development of the EANET both for the Secretariat arrangements and extended scope of EANET activities, among others. The views and comments from the WGFD13 would be submitted to the IG16 for consideration and decision.

 
Fourth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, 1-3 October, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 

Dr Jonathan Shaw, Deputy Director of RRC.AP, moderated the Plenary Session on "Interactions between public and private sector actors in adaptation

  

The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP), the United Nations Environment Programme, the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies, the Stockholm Environment Institute and other partners co-organised the 4th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum that was held on 1-3 October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia under the aegis of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN). Hosted by the Office of the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia and with technical support from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative, the Forum was a venue to identify new adaptation solutions across the region and had contributed to the "Science to Action Programme" of Malaysia, inspired by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. The Forum focused on adaptation actors and how they collaborate to form partnerships and networks. To help address the general questions about adaptation actors in a way that can be useful for practice, the 4th Adaptation Forum was organised around the following five themes:

  • Mainstreaming and Transformative Change: policy; trade and finance; technology/knowledge transfer; public -private partnerships; ethics and values; gender sensitive development; community involvement; poverty alleviation.
  • Development and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus: agricultural land; water-use; water resources; infrastructure/reconstruction; private investment; energy/water/food security.
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and human security: loss and damage; insurance; risk communication; risk management and adaptation; reconstruction; health; conflict; migration; poor and vulnerable groups.
  • Forestry, Biodiversity and Ecosystems Change: livelihoods; traditional ecological knowledge; conservation; community-based and ecosystem-based adaptation.
  • Cities with an emphasis on coastal Development and Sea-Level Rise: urbanisation, tourism; heat waves; mangrove protection; sea-level rise and SIDS.

The Forum was attended by Ministerial-level participants from Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Japan and Indonesia, as well as the UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia. Additionally, over 500 adaptation practitioners and high-level participants from business, research and civil society groups from nearly every country in the Asia-Pacific region were in attendance. With over 150 speakers and 30 sessions, the Forum was among the biggest climate change adaptation events in the region and had reached its fourth edition. During the event, the Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy of Sri Lanka formally expressed interest to host the Adaptation Forum 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 
Inter-regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Approach to Adaptation and Accessing Adaptation Finance and 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, 30 September to 3 October, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 

Workshop participants in a facilitated discussion on gaps and opportunities for EBA finance

  

The GEF-funded Ecosystem-based Adaptation through South-South Cooperation (EBA-SSC) project conducted an inter-regional training workshop on accessing climate change adaptation finance and mainstreaming ecosystem-based approach to adaptation (EBA), under the project's component on inter-regional coordination and capacity building for developing countries to plan and implement EBA. The workshop was jointly organised by EBA-SSC and RRC.AP (as a core technical partner of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network), in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014 and took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 30 September to 3 October 2014. The joint organisation of the workshop alongside with the Forum provided workshop participants with high quality learning and knowledge exchange opportunities with a number of policy-makers, practitioners and regional networks from the Asia-Pacific region.

The objective of the workshop was mainstreaming Ecosystem based Adaptation (EBA) into planning and financing processes in developing countries of Africa and Asia-Pacific, by sharing and exchanging knowledge on EBA and lessons learned from planning and implementation. The main target groups of the workshop were national policy-makers and technical staff from developing countries who are in charge of or engaging in financing and implementing EBA initiatives, especially those involved in the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The workshop has also generated documents that will help increase awareness of the importance of ecosystem-based approach to adaptation and accessing finance, especially a Discussion Paper on EBA finance – providing an overview of financial commitments and landscapes for EBA projects and including a conceptual template for proposal development; and a Policy brief – highlighting the challenges and policy recommendations for accessing and implementing funds for EBA projects and EBA mainstreaming. The workshop was attended by 30 participants from over 10 countries from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and several experts and resource persons from international organisations and institutions such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and the Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES).

 
Regional Training on Climate Change Adaptation and Evaluation, 30 September, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 

Mr. Marco Silvestri from RRC.AP facilitated the introductory session of the training

  

The Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC) / Korea Environment Institute (KEI) held a "Regional Training on Climate Change Adaptation and Evaluation" on 30 September to 03 October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The training was hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Korea, and co-organised by the Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC) / Korea Environment Institute (KEI) and RRC.AP together with other core technical partners of the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), in conjunction with the 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014. This training aimed to improve the capacity of national and local authorities, practitioners and stakeholders in their adaptation planning for climate change and the evaluation of their current planning and implementing tools.

The specific objectives addressed were to: (i) provide general concepts on impacts of climate change, vulnerabilities and risk assessment and climate change adaptation; (ii) introduce various evaluation tools and case studies; (iii) provide guidance on how evaluation can help in mainstreaming and integrating adaptation into national planning processes and risk assessment; and (iv) provide guidance on the inclusion of evaluation tools into adaptation planning and obtain relevant feedback from practitioners and stakeholders about their local insights on the matter.

This training brought together about 30 participants from several Asia-Pacific countries, mainly coming from national or sub-national government authorities working on enhancing capacity on climate change adaptation, as well as practitioners involved in relevant sectors of the adaptation evaluation process. Sessions were facilitated by experts from the Korea Environment Institute and other organisations such as the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), among others.

 
Stakeholders Workshop on Awareness Raising and Capacity Building on Organic Waste Management Plan in Ho Chi Minh City, 9-11 September, Pathumthani, Thailand
 

Group exercise on training in the development of Organic Waste Management Plan in Ho Chi Minh City under CCAC-MSWI project

  

The Stakeholders Workshop on Awareness Raising and Capacity Building on Organic Waste Management Plan in Ho Chi Minh City was held on 9-11 September 2014 at RRCAP, AIT, Pathumthani, Thailand. The workshop was co-organised by UNEP IETC and RRC.AP under the auspices of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) – Municipal Solid Waste Initiative. Dr. Jonathan Shaw, Deputy Director of AIT RRCAP gave the opening and closing remarks of the 3-day workshop. Two technical officers, Mr. Nguyen Trong Nhan and Ms. Bui Thi Mai from Ho Chi Minh City Climate Change Bureau, Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE) participated in the training along with AIT Vietnamese master students and RRCAP staff. The workshop which was successfully organised, trained DONRE staff and other participants on capacity building and awareness-raising on organic waste management for the reduction of SLCPs. During the workshop DONRE/HCMC also agreed upon the annotated outline document of the comprehensive organic waste management plans as well as on the process to follow (set of activities), outputs and timelines for developing the plan in HCMC. Workshop resource persons included Prof. C. Visvanathan, AIT SERD, Dr. Mushtaq Memon, UNEP IETC, Mr. Guilberto Borongan and Dr. Verma Lal Verma, AIT RRCAP.

 
Fourteenth Session of the Scientific Advisory Committee on the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (SAC14), 2-4 September, Incheon, Republic of Korea
 

SAC14 participants

  

 

The Fourteenth Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC14) of the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) was held from 2-4 September 2014 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Session was co-organised by RRC.AP, the Network Center (NC) for the EANET and hosted by the Government of Republic of Korea. The Session was attended by the members of the SAC and/or their alternates nominated by the participating countries of the EANET, namely Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam. Some experts from various scientific institutes, namely, the Atmospheric Environment Institute, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, China; Hankuk University of Foreign Studies; and National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER), Republic of Korea also participated.

The Session was opened with the welcome remarks delivered by Dr. Kim Sam-Cwan, President of the National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) who introduced the acid deposition research in NIER of which the outcomes from the NIER research would contribute to the advancement of the EANET. He expressed his confidence over the collaborative efforts of the EANET to contribute in addressing better environmental changes in East Asia. The Session reviewed several important issues on the EANET including, (i) the progress report of EANET since the Thirteenth Session of the SAC (SAC13); (ii) the financial report in 2013; (iii) country data report of 2013; inter-laboratory comparison projects 2013; (iv) the updated National Monitoring Plans of the participating countries; (v) report of Task Force and Expert Group of SAC; (vi) report of the review on the State of Air Pollution in East Asia; (vii) pre-feasibility study of the expansion of the scope of the EANET from scientific and technical viewpoints; (viii) EANET awards; (ix) draft medium term plan 2016-2020; (x) joint research activities progress; and the (xi) work program and budget in 2015.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
New staff

  
Ms. Vaidehi Deosthali has recently joined RRC.AP as an Assistant Programme Officer. She has finished her MBA (Energy and Environment) in 2012 from Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB) in India. Prior to joining RRC.AP, she was working as a Research Assistant in the School of Environment and Research Division (SERD) at AIT, Thailand. She had previously worked at RRC.AP as an intern in 2011. Her work will mainly involve Climate Change related activities and ecosystem-based adaptation. Ms. Deosthali can be contacted on Vaidehi.Deosthali@rrcap.ait.asia.

 
Interns

  
Mr. Ariunsumber Bayasgalan, a bachelors student studying Law in the University of Gloucestershire in United Kingdom, a Mongolian national, is assisting in the implementation of activities under the project on Waste Management in Asia.

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UPDATES OF RRC.AP PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
 
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