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). The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), through RRC.AP, being a partner to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) is designated as one of the implementing partners of the Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles and Engines Initiative (HDDI) starting 2016. Also, RRC.AP was tapped to be the Focal Point of Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) in AIT.
The Climate Change Cluster has carried out assessments on adaptation and mitigation under funding from the Ministry of Environment, Japan (MOEJ). The cluster was involved in the organization of the APAN Forum, leading sessions and discussions. The cluster has also synthesised results of context-specific research and assessments undertaken by AIT faculty and RRC.AP experts and repackaged them into policy-oriented knowledge products, which were then further utilised for training, mentoring and long-term capacity-building programmes for government officials and other stakeholders to help them prepare for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and for the achievement of climate related Sustainable Development Goals at the national level.
Waste and Resource Management
The Waste and Resource Management 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. Waste cluster work builds towards sustainable waste management in the region while realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Climate Accord, Green Growth, Sustainable Consumption and Production, ASEAN Socio-cultural community blueprint 2025, among relevant global and regional frameworks, targets, and initiatives from the perspective of waste management.