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.



  • Strengthening Cities’ Resilience to Climate and Disaster Risks

    ​The three-day virtual training workshop on “Strengthening Cities Resilience to Climate and Disaster Risks” was convened from 23-25 June 2021 gathering participants from Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The online training workshop aimed to assist cities and local governments in building greater resilience to climate and disaster risks through integrati... Read more..

  • Initial Presentation on the AIT-Centers’: Special Expertise and Projects

    ​The RRC.AP made the initial presentation on the AIT-Centers’: Special Expertise and Projects on 17th June 2021 via Zoom meeting. The purpose of the presentation is to brief and advertise in the AIT Community and its partners the capabilities and expertise of the AIT Centers by presenting its areas of interest, services, and know-how.  The presentation was a mixture of the Center introduction with focus on some special c... Read more..

  • Developing Concept Notes for the GCF including via the Simplified Approval Process (SAP)

    ​The RRC.AP organized a virtual preliminary training on Developing Concept Notes for the GCF including via the SAP in virtual format over six days from 03 June to 01 July 2021 in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and the SAP Team of the GCF Secretariat. The workshop gathered 13 participants from project teams in South Asia—namely Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal— including officers involved i... Read more..

  • Accessing Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) Project Preparation Facility (PPF)

    ​The RRC.AP with the support from the Green Climate Fund Secretariat convened a two-hour virtual mentoring session on “Accessing GCF’s Project Preparation Facility (PPF)”. Ms. Qu (Project Preparation Specialists, GCF) provided an overview of the PPF, including PPF delivery modalities (PPF Funding and PPF Service), the application process and documents needed, and the submission and approval process. The presentation also referred to a... Read more..

  • Inception Workshop on Mercury-containing Medical Devices Management Project in the Philippines

    ​AIT RRCAP, together with the DENR Philippines and BanToxics conducted an inception workshop for the Philippines under the JAIF funded project “Development of Capacity for the Substitution and the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of Mercury-containing Medical Measuring Devices” in the Philippines on April 28, 2021. The inception workshop was conducted as a follow up activity to a successful project kick-off meeting held on ... Read more..

  • The Working Group Meeting in 2021 Session 1 for the EANET (WG2021-1)

    ​The Working Group Meeting in 2021 Session 1 for the EANET (WG2021-1) was convened, virtually, from  20-22 April 2021. Around 70 participants, including members from the EANET participating countries, namely Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam, joined the Session. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Asia Cen... Read more..



  • Impacts of COVID-19 on Air Quality in India

    The COVID-19 pandemic spread all over the world in early 2020. India imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 25, 2020, for more than a month to contain the COVID-19 infection. During the nationwide lockdown, transport, industries, and commercial activities were suspended, except for essential services. We made a detailed analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on air quality in India by using the data from more than 200 Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) and reported a chang - Read more...
    Published Year: 2021
    Pagination: 19

  • Climate Change Mitigation Funding : Knowledge Series #1

    This Beginner’s Guide to the Climate Change Mitigation Funding has been designed for a multitude of stakeholders wishing to contribute to combatting climate change, while taking advantage of the emerging technologies; profiting from energy and resource-efficient approaches, and testing ingenuous ideas. Securing adequate funding is often a first and crucial step on this path. - Read more...
    Published Year: 2016
    Pagination: 74

  • Making the Climate Change Argument: Knowledge Series #2

    This publication has been created to help potential project developers overcome these challenges. It does so by providing a compilation of tips and tricks to strengthen climate change project proposals to be submitted to international or national financial institutions. These insights have been drawn from experiences of experts and practitioners who have successfully designed and implemented numerous climate change projects around the world. - Read more...
    Published Year: 2016
    Pagination: 24

  • 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


    The development efforts of successive governments during the last several decades have led to growth in per capita incomes, increase in standard of living of the people and decrease in overall poverty levels. However, Sri Lanka faces a host of environmental problems such as land degradation, pollution and poor management of water resources, loss of biological diversity, coastal erosion, increasing scarcity of water for agriculture, waste disposal in urban areas, and traffic congestion in the mai - Read more...
    Published Year: 2007
    Pagination: 137


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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