Events and Updates

  • Joint Capacity Building Workshop and Science-Policy Dialogue on Climate Change: Low Carbon and Adaptation Initiatives in Asia

    The Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), the Low Carbon Asia Research Network (LoCARNet), and the Regional Research Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) co-organized a joint workshop and science-policy dialogue at the Asian Institute of Technology Conference Centre between 6 and 8 of February 2017.  The three-day activities, involving plenary sessions, small group discussions, and a role play game on risk management, addressed the themes of low carbon development, adaptation and mitigation under the Paris Agreement, and the water-food-energy nexus. Several projects funded by the APN were discussed. Around forty representatives from academia, government, and international organizations actively debated how networking, knowledge management, capacity building, and science and policy interactions can be developed to strengthen the response to climate change in Asia.

  • National and City Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan Workshop

    A 3-day national workshop was jointly organised by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) of Mongolia in coordination with UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP IETC) and the AIT RRC.AP on 14-16 December 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The objective of the workshop was to review the draft national and city waste management strategy and action plan from Mongolia and Ulaanbaatar City.

    The workshop tabled the Draft National Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan documents, and present the pilot demonstration project concept to about 60 participants from national, provincial, administrative officials of Ulaanbaatar City, and a wide range of stakeholders from I/NGOs, academia, and waste management and recycling businesses representing the private sector.

    The consultative process during the workshop was able to review the vision, mission, strategic objectives, and action plans for both nati... Read more..

  • Training Programme on Developing Project Proposals on Climate Change Mitigation

    The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) in partnership with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), under the umbrella of the Climate Change Asia (CCA), and with the generous financial support from the Ministry of Environment, Japan, delivered the pilot training on Developing Project Proposals on Climate Change Mitigation between 12 and 16 December 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Having consulted the target countries, RRC.AP designed the training programme covering a detailed introduction to the process of developing bankable project proposals complemented by hands-on exercises. In response to the needs expressed by the target countries, the training programme was developed focusing exclusively on project proposals for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The GCF allows for and promotes direct access, which means that projects can be developed, managed and implemented entirely by national ... Read more..

  • Eighteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG18) on the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET)

    ​As an implementing partner of the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP ROAP) as the Secretariat for the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET), RRC.AP provided supports to the EANET Secretariat in organizing the Eighteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG18) on the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) held at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand, on 22‐23 November 2016. The Session endorsed Framework Document on the Arrangements of the Secretariat for the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) between UNEP and the EANET which was signed by the Chairperson of the IG18 on behalf of the thirteen participating countries of the EANET at the end of the Session.  The Framework Document will be subsequently counter-signed by the Executive Director of UNEP.  The IG18 also approved the Third Periodic Report on the Sta... Read more..

  • Endorsement of 'The White Paper: The Next Wave' at the APEC Annual Minister's Meeting

    RRC.AP successfully completed Trash Free Seas Alliance funded - Ocean Conservancy Project on breaking the barriers for waste management in Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. The project team consisted of Ocean Conservancy, AIT RRC.AP, Closed Loop Fund, Encourage Capital, Plastic for Change, and Waste2Resources. AIT RRC.AP was responsible for the assessment of national and sub-national policies, plans and programs on waste management and formulate policy recommendations for breaking the barriers to waste management. Other partners were engaged in developing volumetric and financing model to test vertically integrated waste system scenarios. In the leadership of Ocean Conservancy, the diverse project team was successful in drafting a White Paper titled "The Next Wave: Investment Strategies for Plastic Free Seas."

    One of the highlights of the White Paper was the nine Policy and Practice Recommend... Read more..

  • Sixteenth Session of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC16) on the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET)

    As an implementing partner of the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP ROAP) as the Secretariat for the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET), RRC.AP provided supports to the EANET Secretariat in organizing the Sixteenth Session of the Scientific Advisory Committee on the EANET (SAC16) held in Pathumthani, Thailand on 24-26 October 2016.  The Session agreed on the draft Periodic Report on the State of Acid Deposition in East Asia and reviewed the Work Program and Budget of the EANET in 2017 from the technical viewpoints to be submitted for the consideration and approval by the Eighteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting on the EANET (IG18).  
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  • Training course on "Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation", 20- 22 October, 2016, Sri Lanka

    AIT (CCA) and USAID (through their Adapt Asia-Pacific Project conducted a three (3) day training course . The course aimed to improve the capacity on preparing fundable project proposals for climate change adaptation. The course will 1) help in understanding climate change realities and risks; how to manage risks, screen for sensitivities, and address key vulnerable groups and areas; how climate change adaptation can be grounded in national development plans and broader national adaptation policy and strategic frameworks. 2) aid in identifying sources of international funding options and develop capacities for accessing those sources; 3) build capacity in project preparation for climate change adaptation by illustrating 'how-to' methods, tools and processes for use in rigorous adaptation project/program design in line with policies and plans; and 4) ... Read more..

  • Fifth Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum

    The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) organised two sessions at the 5th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 17 to 19 October 2016. The two sessions were entitled Adaptation Knowledge Networks: Lessons from the Region, and Enabling access to climate finance: Experiences from the Asia-Pacific Region.

    The session on Adaptation Knowledge Networks, chaired by Ms. Alla Metelitsa, Head of Climate Change at RRC.AP, brought together three leading knowledge networks from around the globe – Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) covering North America, Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action (REGATTA) for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) for which the RRC.AP is a pioneering core technical partner. The presentations of these three networks explored the ingredients of a ... Read more..

  • Fifteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG15) of the Malé Declaration

    The Fifteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG15) of the Malé Declaration on Control and Prevention of Air Pollution and its Likely Transboundary Effects for South Asia (Malé Declaration) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 16 October 2016.  Representatives of the member counties, namely: Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka participated in the Session.

    Experts from South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) and the Secretariat, the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRCAP) also attended the Session.

    Mr. Osamu Mizuno, RRC.AP Director, delivered the Opening Remarks on behalf of the Secretariat. He stressed that the global environment now runs through the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

    He pointed out that that air pollution and climate change are not separate issues in the current ... Read more..

  • National Training Workshops on Mercury Inventory - "Development of Minamata Initial Assessment" in Cambodia, Pakistan and Philippines

    AIT RRC.AP, in its Project Cooperation Agreement with UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) is under taking a capacity building activity on mercury waste inventory for Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA) in Pakistan, Cambodia, and the Philippines. The objectives of the training are to: i) provide guidance on conducting and reporting the MIA; ii) guide the country in preparing the inventories of mercury using the UNEP toolkit level 1 or level 2; and iii) review the progress of MIA project with emphasis on the mercury inventories.

    The first training session was organized in Islamabad, Pakistan on 7-9 September 2016. About 30 participants participated the workshop from various institutions, the Ministry of Climate Change, provincial Environmental Protection Agencies, health institutions, industry, academic societies, NGO and mass media.

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  • Program on "Developing Proposals on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation to access Climate Funds", 29-31st August, Mumbai, India

    AIT(CCA) and USAID (through their Adapt Asia-Pacific Project in partnership with ILFS India conducted a three (3) day training course in Mumbai, India. The program focused on improving climate change knowledge among the professional working in the infrastructure, banking, agricultural and water sectors. It builds their capacities towards preparing and assessing proposals for adaptation-mitigation projects from various climate funds.  The workshop was designed to encourage participation and facilitate stakeholder interaction. The first two days included lectures and group work. The third day of the workshop was designed as hands-on proposal writing for the given cases. Approx. 30 people participated at the training from 7 countries pariticpated at the training. More details on Climate Change Asia...<... Read more..

  • Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation Pilot Training Course

    ​Climate Change Asia (CCA), AIT and USAID (through their Adapt Asia-Pacific Project) has been conducting a training course on "Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation" for participants from South and Southeast Asia from 06-10 June, 2016 at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. This is a "Train-the-Trainer" course, developed by USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific in collaboration with the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii.

    The course aims to improve the capacity on preparing fundable project proposals for climate change adaptation. The course will 1) help in understanding climate change realities and risks; how to manage risks, screen for sensitivities, and address key vulnerable groups and areas; how climate change adaptation can be grounded in natio... Read more..

  • Waste Management Joint Workshops

    The Regional Outlook for Asia will be developed to complement the global overview of the Global Waste Management Outlook (GWMO). The development of the Asia Pacific Waste Management Outlook (APWMO) is a follow-up to the Global Waste Management Outlook (GWMO) launched in 2015, in partnership with ISWA. The regional outlook will allow a deeper analysis of the state of waste management in Asia, by reflecting its concrete situation and using case studies from the region and propose more tailored recommendations for the region. UNEP IETC is facilitating a University Consortium to develop an academic curriculum on holistic waste management for professionals, such as policy makers, managers and technicians, as a part of the Capacity Building at the National and City level. This consultation meeting will be led by UNEP IETC with the Consortium partners:  Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), Kyo... Read more..

  • Climate Change Downscaler Training Workshop

    Spatial climate prediction is essential for assessing impacts of climate change and designing and prioritizing adaptation strategies and measures to address the impacts. Climate change projection can also facilitate land use and urban planning through the assessment of impacts of land use change on regional climate change.  Currently, climate impact assessment researchers and land use and urban planners need to either request climate prediction researchers to generate necessary data or apply dynamic downscaling to the data by themselves in order to obtain detailed spatial climate prediction data in accordance to their own purposes. However, dynamic downscaling requires advanced specialized knowledge; hence its application is extremely difficult. Responding to the needs for making local climate change projections and assessments without advanced modeli... Read more..

  • International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia

    ​The International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia is  held from 27 to 28 January 2016 at the Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani, Thailand. The forum intends to bring together researchers from universities and governmental institutions, experts from governments and industries, and graduate and post-graduate students with interests in discourses on sustainable development in Asia in order to seek new ways of building bridges between science and policy through stimulating discussions among key stakeholders, catalyzing coherent researches on relevant policy issues through knowledge networks and institutional mechanisms to support trans-boundary thinking and problem-solving, and determining feasible paths towards truly sustainable societies through converting aspirations into actions at local, national and regional levels. This forum is join... Read more..

  • Wastewater Management and Sanitation Promating DEWATS -E Learning Module

    ​Water security remains a challenge for over 75% of the countries in Asia and the Pacific, where poor sanitation and wastewater management leads to the contamination of fresh water sources and is a major cause of disease and death, while also impacting eco-system health. In 2012, nearly 180 million people lacked access to improved sanitation in South-East Asia alone. Water is a resource with competing uses and interlinkages with the ecological, social and economic systems, and thus needs to be managed through a comprehensive approach. Enhancing knowledge-sharing and cooperation in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Asia and the Pacific was unanimously accepted by all member States at 69th Session of the UN ESCAP in 2013, Resolution 69/8. IWRM is a key strategy for an efficient, equitable and sustainable development approach. Through IWRM, water is treated as an economic, social and environmental ... Read more..

  • GIC and RRC.AP Research Collaboration meeting

    ​RRC.AP was invited by the Geoinformatics Center (GIC) for a joint research collaboration meeting on 25 August 2015 at the GIC office in AIT. The meeting started off with a welcome address and introduction by Dr. Lal Samarakoon, Director of GIC. Mr. Osamu Mizuno, Director of RRC.AP also gave his introductory remarks. Hoping to promote potential collaboration between the two AIT centres in the future, the meeting was held to exchange information on the nature of research projects, resources and services each centre has provided. GIC presented their projects related to satellite-based monitoring system application, space technology observation system application, remote sensing and GIS application. RRC.AP also briefed on its science-policy interface on climate change & assessment, regional air pollution initiative network, the past remote sensing and GIS project initiative with GIC, and the RRC.AP's information system reso... Read more..

  • Sixteenth Session of the Senior Technical Managers' Meeting (STM16), 25-26 August, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

    ​The Sixteenth Session of the Senior Technical Managers' Meeting (STM16) of EANET was organised by the Network Center of EANET in cooperation with the Government of Mongolia on 25-26 August 2015 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. RRC.AP as the implementing centre for some functions of the EANET Secretariat had provided inputs to the progress report of the EANET Secretariat since STM15 presented by the UNEP representative at the meeting.

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  • Second Working Group Meeting of the ERIA Research Project on the Survey on Vehicle Recycling in the ASEAN

    The Second Working Group Meeting of the ERIA Research Project on the Survey on Vehicle Recycling in the ASEAN Region was jointly organized by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI) and the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) on 21 August 2015 in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The meeting was attended by government officials, experts, think-tanks and persons with relevant knowledge and experience on End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) recycling from India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Mr. Shimpei Yamamoto, Managing Director for Research Affairs of ERIA and Mr. Osamu Mizuno, Director of the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) at AIT delivered their opening remarks. The meeting successfully endorsed the outline of the Report on ASEAN ELV Recycling along with draft recommendation with some amendments. Mr. Osamu Mizuno, Mr... Read more..

  • Stakeholders Workshop on Climate and Clean Air Coalition – Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (CCAC-MSWI) in ASEAN Four Cities

    ​Stakeholders Workshop on Climate and Clean Air Coalition – Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (CCAC-MSWI) in ASEAN Four Cities was organized by the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) on 15-16 July 2015 in Bangkok. Technical Officers from Bangkok, Quezon City, Vientiane and Yangon City participated at the stakeholder’s workshop. Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, Vice President of Resource Development of AIT, opened the workshop and thanked CCAC-MSWI for supporting the project on city waste assessments, covering a broad range of information to identify the clear linkages between waste and climate change, focusing on short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), in each city. The workshop raised awareness of stakeholders on MSW in mitigating SLCPs; trained participants on data collection and analysis, and assessment of current municipal waste management and identification of gaps therein; built capacity of city participant... Read more..

  • Regional Forum on Climate Change

    ​The Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC) was jointly organised by the Asian Institute of Technology, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, ASEAN Secretariat, and the European Union on 1-3 July 2015 at the AIT Conference Center, with the theme "Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice and Policy." The Forum's main objective was to create a platform for engaging a variety of stakeholders from the ASEAN region in discussions on the climate change agenda in order to ease the translation of science into practice and policy. The Forum also provided negotiators, policy makers and high-level advisers from ASEAN to benefit from the results of contemporary scientific research to carve climate change related policies in the long term, and offered ASEAN negotiators a venue to build positions of increased ambition prior to the COP 21. The RFCC discussed a wide ra... Read more..

  • Fourteenth Session of the Working Group on Future Development (WGFD14) of the EANET, 16-18 June, Rayong, Thailand

    ​The Fourteenth Session of the Working Group on the Future Development (WGFD14) of the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) was organised on 16-18 June 2015 in Rayong, Thailand. The session was hosted by the EANET Secretariat (UNEP ROAP). 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; the United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP ROAP); Kanazawa University; Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the Asia Center for Air Pollution Research (ACAP) were represented. Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Regional Director and Representative, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific delivered the opening address on behalf of the EANET Secretariat. He welcomed all the delegates to the Sess... Read more..

  • Fourth Meeting of the Task Force on Future Development of Malé Declaration (TFFD4)

    ​The Fourth Meeting of the Task Force on Future Development of Malé Declaration on Control and Prevention of Air Pollution and its Likely Transboundary Effects for South Asia (Malé Declaration) (TFFD4) was held on 26-27 May 2015 in Pathumthani, Thailand. The meeting was attended by the Task Force members from the participating countries, which include Bangladesh, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka as well as resource persons from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Secretariat, Regional Resource Centre for Asia and Pacific (RRC.AP). Dr. Rashid Hasan, Advisor, Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change, India, was elected as the Chairperson of the meeting. The objectives of the meeting included: (i) discussion on the progress of Malé Declaration including implementation and operation of the eight regional centres; (ii) discussion on the Terms of R... Read more..

  • 1.9) Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

    The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development was organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on 21-22 May at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok. The Forum engaged UN member States and agencies, as well as other institutions and major groups, with the objective of strengthening the institutional framework for sustainable development at the regional level. From RRC.AP, Mr Marco Silvestri and Ms Vaidehi Deosthali participated in the event to showcase the first module of the open E-learning Course on Water Security for Asia and the Pacific, a joint initiative of UNESCAP, UN¬–HABITAT, and AIT . The module was developed by RRC.AP with the work of Dr Ram Lal Verma and Mr Dennis Canullas and will be included in the UNESCAP E-learning facility. A number of computer stations were made available to participants for on-site testing of the E-learning courses, in orde... Read more..

  • Stakeholders’ workshop on Organic Waste Management Plan for Ho Chi Minh City

    The Stakeholders’ workshop on Organic Waste Management Plan for Ho Chi Minh City was organized in coordination and partnership with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE) of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT RRCAP). The workshop was organized on 13-15 May 2015 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  The objectives of the workshop were to: i) raise awareness of stakeholders on organic waste management and identify the role of appropriate technologies and public-private partnerships to implement 3R (reduce, recycle and reuse) strategy for organic waste management; ii) review the draft Organic Waste Management Plan of HCMC; build capacity of DONRE staff and other HCMC stakeholders development of comprehensive organic waste management plan; and iii) discuss the next steps on the CCAC-MSW initiati... Read more..

  • RRC.AP supports the transition of official EANET Secretariat functions at UNEP ROAP

    ​RRC.AP which hosted the Secretariat for Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) since 2002 had supported the transition of the official EANET Secretariat functions to the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP ROAP) effective 1 May 2015. The decision for the official function of EANET Secretariat to be based at UNEP ROAP was made at the 15th Session of the Intergovernmental meeting of EANET. RRC.AP will continue to support the Secretariat at UNEP ROAP in collaboration with the Network Center in Japan in some functions as preparing agenda and meeting documents and reports of the sessions, publishing of proceedings and summaries as well as providing logistical arrangements for the meetings. RRC.AP is also responsible to produce public awareness materials and promotion of public awareness activities in the member countries.

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  • National workshop for awareness raising and capacity building for formulating National Waste Management Strategy in Mongolia

    The workshop on awareness raising and capacity building for formulating National Waste Management Strategy objectives are to:

    1. raise awareness of stakeholders on holistic waste management;
    2. build capacity of technical officers and other participants on various aspects on the development of national waste management strategy for Mongolia focusing on data collection and analysis (data revolution), identification of gaps in legislative framework and implementation, financing mechanisms, technologies and roles of stakeholders;
    3. review and agree the draft outline document national waste management strategy and action plan, and identification of some options for pilot demonstration; and iv) discuss the next steps on the development of waste management strategy.
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