Group photo during the Expert Review Meeting on ASEAN Waste Management Studies
The Expert Review Meeting on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Waste Management Studies was convened on 23-24 August 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was jointly organised by the ASEAN Secretariat, the United Nations Environment Programme International Environment Technology Center (UNEP IETC) and the Asian Institute of Technology, Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP). The meeting was held to review and finalize the baseline studies and findings of the framework assessment of general waste and mercury waste in the ASEAN member states conducted by RRC.AP, under the funding support of UNEP IETC, and to seek approval from the ASEAN member countries on the studies.
The meeting was graced by the participation of delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, and the representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat. Mr. Osamu Mizuno, Director of RRC.AP, gave the opening remarks on behalf of AIT. Experts and representatives from the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South East Asia (BCRC-SEA) and RRC.AP presented the assessment reports on "ASEAN-UNEP IETC Joint Activities on Waste Management, E-Waste Management and Mercury Waste in ASEAN countries". The ASEAN member participants provided insightful comments on the ASEAN general waste, e-waste and mercury waste, as well as on the peer review of technology compendiums for managing tire waste and e-waste in another meeting held on 25-26 Aug 2016. The technology compendium served as a compilation and analysis of available techniques and technologies for collection, storage, and primary and secondary dismantling for resource recovery and proper disposal of tire waste and e-waste.
Second meeting of the Asia Waste Management Outlook (AWMO), 23-24 August, Bangkok, Thailand
Second meeting of the Asia Waste Management Outlook
As a part of the main activities under the Project Cooperation Agreement on waste management being implemented by RRC.AP and UNEP IETC, the Asia Waste Management Outlook (AWMO) is being developed. The outlook presents a deeper analysis of the state of waste management in Asia, by reflecting on its concrete situation and using case studies from the region to propose more tailored recommendations for the region.
In parallel to the ASEAN Review meeting, four distinguished experts from India, Malaysia, and New Zealand who served as the lead authors to the AWMO held its second meeting on 23-24 August 2016. The findings of the ASEAN waste assessments and AWMO were explored for cross-fertilization and peer review. The meeting reviewed the first draft of the AWMO. The review process was also joined by other experts from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Fifth Meeting of the Task Force for Future Development of Malé Declaration (TFFD5), 19 August, New Delhi, India
Participants of the TFFD5 meeting
The Fifth 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 (TFFD5) was held on 19 August 2016 in New Delhi, India. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), India, hosted the meeting. Representatives of the member countries of the Malé Declaration which include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka participated in the meeting. Experts from the CPCB and the Secretariat, the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and Pacific (RRC.AP) also attended the meeting.
The Task Force members discussed the progress on the implementation of the Malé Declaration activities, including updates at the national level and the Regional Technical Centers. The member countries shared and discussed on the challenges and issues in the implementation of activities and recommended some measures to improve the operation. The meeting discussed the Draft Plan for Phase VI of the Malé Declaration (2017-2020) which will be submitted to the Fifteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG15, to be held on 16 October 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for its approval/endorsement. The meeting also discussed the Draft Work Programme and Budget for 2017, for submission to the IG15 for its endorsement.
First Meeting of the Expert Group on Strengthening the Framework of Malé Declaration, 18 August, New Delhi, India
The Expert Group on Strengthening the Framework of Malé Declaration
The First Meeting of the Expert Group on Strengthening the Framework of Malé Declaration was convened on 18 August 2016 in New Delhi, India. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), India, hosted the event. Representatives of the member counties, namely, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka attended the meeting. Some air pollution experts from CPCB, MoEFCC and the Secretariat also participated in the meeting. Ms. Adelaida B. Roman, Senior Programme Specialist, RRCAP, opened the meeting on behalf of the Secretariat. Mr. Jatinder Singh Kamyotra, Director, CPCB, welcomed the participants on behalf of the host country. Dr. Rashid Hasan, Advisor, MoEFCC, gave the Welcome Remarks. Mr. S.P. Singh Parihar, Chairman of CPCB, delivered the Inaugural Address. Mr. Jatinder Singh Kamyotra was nominated as the Chairman of the Expert Group.
The agenda of the meeting included: (1) the discussion on the Preliminary Report of the Expert Group on Strengthening the Framework of Malé Declaration; (2) presentation of the country experiences on the issues in implementation of existing standards, and available technologies; and (3) consultation on the Work Programme for 2017 of the Malé Declaration. Before closing, the Chairman highlighted the summary for actions regarding the issues of the countries and the Preliminary Report of the Expert Group. The "Draft Report of the Export Group on Strengthening the Framework of Malé Declaration" will be presented to the IG15 for its review, comments and guidance.
RRC.AP Director talks at ISAP 2016, 12-13 July, Yokohama, Japan
Mr. Osamu Mizuno, Director RRC.AP, moderated the LCTD session
Mr. Osamu Mizuno, Director of RRC.AP, was one of the panelists of the session "How Relevant are Existing Models to Promote Low-carbon Technology Diffusion (LCTD)" in the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) 2016, which was held in Yokohama, Japan, in 12-13 July 2016. The session which was jointly facilitated by representatives from the Institute of Global Environment Strategy (IGES), the Ministry of Environment Japan (MOEJ) and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), addressed the promotion of LCTD. Mr. Mizuno pointed out the challenges for overcoming the financial barriers for promotion of low carbon technologies (LCT). Access to climate change funds can help reduce these barriers. Therefore, capacity building for government officers on how to develop and manage bankable proposals would be one of the valuable actions to overcome the financial barriers for LCTD.
RRC.AP supports the EANET Session of the Working Group on Framework (WGF), 15-16 June, Bangkok, Thailand
Participants of the WGF meeting session
RRC.AP supported the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP ROAP), the Secretariat for the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET), in organising the Session of the Working Group on Framework (WGF) between UNEP and the EANET on 15â€“16 June 2016 at the United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand. The WGF Session reviewed, discussed and made revisions to the Draft Framework Document on the Arrangements of the Secretariat for the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) between UNEP and the EANET. The draft document will be presented for consideration at the Eighteenth Session of Intergovernmental Meeting on the EANET which is scheduled to be held on 22-23 November 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Kick-off meeting for the adaptation monitoring initiative in Vietnam, 7-8 June, Hanoi, Vietnam
Participants of the Vietnam adaptation monitoring meeting
RRC.AP is currently undertaking the initiative "Effective monitoring of climate change adaptation in Vietnam and Thailand: Contributions toward their national adaptation plan processes". This initiative aims to facilitate the national adaptation planning (NAP) processes of Thailand and Vietnam through the development and demonstration of a locally applicable monitoring system for the water sector under changing climate. The expected outputs of the initiative, include, (i) conceptual monitoring framework; (ii) step-by-step operational guidelines for monitoring; (iii) a set of indicators for one specific issue related to the water sector; and (iv) data collection tools.
The Climate Change Research Center of the Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change (IMHEN) and RRC.AP jointly organised the project's kick-off meeting at IMHEN in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 7-8 June 2016. The meeting discussed the current status of adaptation policies and planning including NAP process in Vietnam; the experience on the monitoring indicator development; the project methodologies; and the work plan. The Southeast Asia START Regional Center (SEA START) was also invited to the meeting to present their experience in adaptation initiatives in Thailand.
Low carbon technology assessment enters a new phase for FY2016
The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) in partnership with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and with funding support from the Ministry of Environment, Japan has been implementing a project on the low carbon technology assessment, the new phase of which had commenced on 8 July 2016. Building on the findings of the previous phase (FY2015) of the low carbon technology assessment the new phase (FY2016) aims to pursue the further assessment of appropriate low carbon technologies (LCTs) in target countries and enhance their capacities to access international climate funding by developing a pilot training course on bankable proposal writing. The further assessment of LCTs will entail country missions to host stakeholder hearings and interviews in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
The aim for engaging the relevant stakeholders is to investigate and determine the appropriate LCTs for the targeted capacity building component. Under the new phase, a number of activities on the capacity building component are expected to be carried out including a training course on writing bankable project proposals and the development of explanatory materials on how to access mitigation-related financial schemes that are available in the market. The materials are targeting to address the following schemes: Global Environmental Facility (GEF), Clean Energy Partnership Financing Facility (CEPFP) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Green Climate Fund, and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and the Scale-up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The component will also include a training workshop on financing renewable energy targeting participants from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in partnership with the International Agency for Renewable Energy (IRENA).
Ms. Alla Metelitsa has recently joined RRC.AP as the Head of the Climate Change Cluster, in-charge of the overall coordination of RRC.AP's climate change portfolio. A sustainable development professional with a long-term experience in the field of climate change, Alla's experience ranges from representing Belarus in negotiations under the governing and subsidiary bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and practical experience in devising climate change policies, strategies and innovative projects; to leading a team negotiating technical assistance to developing countries for mitigation and adaptation action and drafting Article on capacity-building in the UNFCCC Paris Agreement. She brings with her a profound understanding of the complexity and dynamics of the intergovernmental climate change process and action on the ground.
Nang Sian Thawn has joined as an Associate Programme Officer in the Waste Management Cluster of RRC.AP. Thawn had completed his Master's Degree in Regional and Rural Development Planning from the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand) in May 2016. He also got a Diploma in English Language Teaching from the University of Yangon (Myanmar) in 2014. Previously, Thawn had volunteered at the Environment Conservation and Community Development Society (ECODS). He also became a student assistant at RRC.AP.
Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP)