Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP)

RRC.AP bridges the gap between the scientific understanding of sustainable development processes and sound policies at national and regional levels. Our goal is to provide resources for policy setting towards sustainable development, acting as a science-policy interface by regional networking, processing and assessing information and knowledge for governments, local communities and other stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region.RRC.AP, has served as a Secretariat for several networks and Multilateral Environmental Agreements. The Centre has provided support for the development and implementation of national strategies and policies in several fields of sustainable development.

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RRC.AP WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR

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​The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT RRC.AP)  welcomes Dr. Guilberto Borongan as the new Director of RRC.AP, succeeding Dr. Naoya Tsukamoto. Dr. Borongan has over 20 years of experience on various resource scales in waste management and 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) in Southeast and East Asian countries. He has rich experience in resource mobilization and operations management in international multi- and bilateral funded projects. His focus areas include developing environmentally sustainable national waste management, marine litter, mercury waste management, and 3R strategies for the developing economies of Asia and the Pacific. 

Dr. Borongan has intensive experience in building capacities for local governments and providing technical assistance to partners at both national and regional levels on waste and resource management. Among his many contributions to promoting sustainable waste and resource management in the region, a key highlight is his contributions to the ‘The Next Wave-Investment Strategies for Plastic Free Seas’, particularly the Policy & Practices Recommendations endorsed at the APEC Summit in 2016. He has been engaged in regional policy development and advocacy for the environment and health in Southeast and East Asian countries under the UNEP-WHO Ministerial Regional Forum on Environment and Health. He continues to contribute impactful feats in promoting, advancing solutions, and developing waste and resource management in the ASEAN. 

Dr. Borongan obtained his Ph.D. in Governance and Development from National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand. He holds an M.Sc. in Urban Environmental Management from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Cebu Institute of Technology University, Cebu City, the Philippines. Dr. Borongan started his post on 15 September 2022 and can be contacted through his email: Guilberto.Borongan@rrcap.ait.ac.th or phone number: +(66)2 524 5384​. ​




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Programme Officer/Specialist

The selected candidate will work with the Air Pollution Cluster on a number of projects related to air and atmospheric issues. The cluster is working on diversified fields pertaining to air pollution issues in the Asian region including project management, providing technical and secretariat services to the intergovernmental networks, building capacities of the Asian countries on air quality management, bridging science and policy gaps, issues-based scientific research and publications, producing knowledge products, and information sharing.

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The S8 SI-CAT DOWNSCALER

The design of adaptation solutions requires climate change scenarios to assess vulnerabilities. However, it requires a considerable resources to downscale climate data which add financial and technical burdens for locally-led adaptation.

To bridge this gap, we introduce the S8DS dynamical climate change data downscaling service. This allows practitioners to assess global climate scenarios at the local scale without highly specialized technical training and skills.

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  • Capacity Mapping for Monitoring and Assessment of Plastic Pollution in the Lower Mekong

    This report presents findings of capacity-mapping study on the monitoring and assessment of plastic pollution in the Lower Mekong Region. The study was conducted as part of the UN Environment Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific's project titled the *Promotion of ConterMEASUREs against Marine Plastic Litter in Southeast Asia and India" (hereafter, referred to as * ConterMEASURE project"). The CounterMEASURE project aims to develop a region-based approach for the monitoring and assessment of - Read more...
    Published Year: 2020
    Pagination: 92


  • Summary report: Waste Management in ASEAN countries

    This summary report examines the waste management landscape in 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States. This report begins with the statistics on the trends of population growth, urbanization, and economic growth in each of the ASEAN countries, which is then followed by an overview of the waste generation, collection, treatment & recovery, and disposal statistics, and associated environmental, technical, and governance (institutions, policy, regulations) factors in the wa - Read more...
    Published Year: 2017
    Pagination: 76


  • Capacity Development Programme on Air Quality Management and Emission Reduction of PM2.5 for Asian Countries

    The programme mainly aimed to build the capacities of the ASEAN member countries on air quality management and emission reduction of PM2.5. The 17 prominent experts of the region were invited as lecturers who covered a range of important topics, including air quality monitoring, emission inventory development, air quality modeling, human health and environment impact assessment, and planning skills for emission reduction policies and action plans. The valuable information introduced in the respe - Read more...
    Published Year: 2022
    Pagination: 84


  • Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management of Mercury-Containing Medical Measuring Devices in the Philippines

    Mercury and mercury compounds are highly toxic substances with adverse effects on humans1, ecosystems2, and wildlife3. Initially seen as an acute, localized hazard, mercury pollution is now recognized as a global problem, threatening populations and ecosystems distant from the point source of emissions at risk from its toxic effects. As of 2019, it is ranked third in the substance priority list of the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry (ATSDR), just below arsenic and lead, and - Read more...
    Published Year: 2021
    Pagination: 122


  • Situation Assessment of Mercury-Containing Medical Measuring Devices in the Philippines

    The Situation Assessment of Mercury-Containing Medical Measuring Devices (MCMMDs) in the Philippines presents 1) relevant statistical information on the use, storage, and disposal of mercury-containing thermometers and sphygmomanometers in licensed hospitals in the Philippines and 2) an analysis of the current policy framework for the management of MCMMDs and its implementation gaps in accordance with international and national guidelines and national targets for the phase-out of MCMMDs. - Read more...
    Published Year: 2021
    Pagination: 124


  • Technical Guidelines for the Substitution and the Environmentally Sound Management of Mercury-Containing Medicale Devices in Indonesia(Indonesian Version)

    (Indonesian Version) This guidelines comprehensively contain national policies and regulations, an overview of mercury-containing medicle measuring devices and their alternatives, environmentally sound management of unbroken mecury-containing medicle measuring devices, enviornmentally sound management of broken mercury containing medicle measuring devices health and safety, emergency response, and guidance and supervision. - Read more...
    Published Year: 2021
    Pagination: 104


  • Technical Guidelines for the Substitution and the Environmentally Sound Management of Mercury-Containing Medicale Devices in Indonesia(English Version)

    This guidelines comprehensively contain national policies and regulations, an overview of mercury-containing medicle measuring devices and their alternatives, environmentally sound management of unbroken mecury-containing medicle measuring devices, enviornmentally sound management of broken mercury containing medicle measuring devices health and safety, emergency response, and guidance and supervision - Read more...
    Published Year: 2021
    Pagination: 100


  • Situation Assessment of the Management of Mercury-Containing Medical Measuring Devices in Indonesia (Indonesian Version)

    (Indonesian Version) This report includes a brief national profile of Indonesia, assessment design and methodology, data collection and analysis results with inventory development, gap analysis between existing policy framework and actual practices in the field and requirements of the relevant conventions, as well as conclusions and recommendations - Read more...
    Published Year: 2021
    Pagination: 178


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Thematic Areas


Air and Atmospheric Pollution

​The RRC.AP has been hosting the Secretariat of major intergovernmental and technical support networks, such as the Malé Declaration on Control and Prevention of Air Pollution and its Likely Transboundary Effects for South Asia (Malé Declaration) since 1998, the Atmospheric Brown Cloud (ABC) Programme since its operation in 2002 and is currently an implementing partner to the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET).

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Climate Change

Currently, the Climate Change Cluster's services are geared towards building capacity and skills in government officials and other stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific to effectively access climate finance, advance climate change adaptation action, and enhance disaster risk reduction efforts.

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Waste and Resource Management

The Waste and ResourceManagement Cluster  focus on connecting scientific understanding on waste issues with sound policies at regional, national, and local levels through research and assessment, policy support, capacity development, and secretariat functions and partnership.  

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