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Training Programme on Accelerating Renewable Energy Deployment in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
13-15 December 2017
Suva, Fiji

The Training Programme on Accelerating Renewable Energy Deployment in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), was conducted in Suva, Fiji on 13-15 December 2017. The workshop was convened as a direct follow-up to the Training Programme to Support Renewable Energy Deployment through Developing Project Proposals to Access Climate Finance held in Tokyo and Kobe, Japan from 23-27 October 2017, as well as under the continued cooperation between the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, U.S. Department of State, and the International Renewable Energy Agency.

With a rich mix of new participants (from Nauru, Marshall Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Niue and Papua New Guinea) and those continuing from the training programme held in Japan in October (from Fiji, Palau, Samoa and Maldives), the project ideas presented by the different working groups exhibited varying levels of elaboration, but many showed good prospects of submission to the Green Climate Fund.

Training programme on "Achieving International Climate Change Commitments in the Waste Sector in Bhutan, Mongolia, and Nepal
11-15 December 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

RRC.AP's Waste Management Cluster in partnership with the United Nations Environment - International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) organized a five-day training programme on "Achieving International Climate Change Commitments in the Waste Sector in Bhutan, Mongolia, and Nepal" from 11 to 15 December 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The training was part of a capacity building programme for the International Climate Initiative project "Strengthening the capacity of policymakers and practitioners in Bhutan, Mongolia, and Nepal to reduce greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants from the waste sector, based on the circular economy concept" or the "Waste and Climate Change project". The project is being implemented by the UN Environment IETC in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund Bhutan, the Asia Foundation Mongolia, and the Leadership in Environment and Development Nepal.

Fifteen representatives from the national and local governments of Bhutan, Mongolia, and Nepal and the implementing partner organizations in those three countries attended the training programme which successfully transferred the necessary skills to support the achievement of long-term reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and short-lived climate pollutants generated from the waste sector.

During the five-day training, participants were navigating through various tools and concepts associated with waste policy framework, waste baseline, strategic planning, assessment and selection of technologies, climate change impact of waste disposal and climate change mitigation in the waste management. At the end of the training programme, the participants developed a strategic roadmap for implementing the Waste and Climate Change project in each country, thus contributing to the successful achievement of the project goals and outcomes.

Training Programme on Green Climate Fund (GCF) Policies, Processes, and Procedures for Nepal
11-15 December 2017
Pathumthani, Thailand

The Training Programme on Green Climate Fund (GCF) Policies, Processes, and Procedures for Nepal was organized on 11-15 December 2017 at the Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani, Thailand. The training was carried out as part of the Nepal's Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Programme and was participated by 14 government officials from Nepal's National Designated Authority and Technical Committees. The objective of the training programme was to contribute to building and strengthening institutional capacity of national entities in Nepal to mobilize and manage resources from the GCF, with a focus on direct access.

Training Programme on Mainstreaming Gender Considerations into Climate Change Adaptation Projects
4-8 December 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

The Training Programme on Mainstreaming Gender Considerations into Climate Change Adaptation Projects was conducted on 4-8 December 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Twenty-one participants from the Asia and the Pacific region participated in this unique training programme that focused on mainstreaming gender into policies and requirements of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The training programme contributed to building the capacities of GCF National Designated Authorities (NDAs), focal points, GCF accredited entities and applicant entities and provided them with tools, methodologies, and guidance to effectively and holistically mainstream gender considerations in climate change adaptation projects, and leverage co-benefits between gender equality and climate change adaptation action for sustainable development. Relying on a wide number of partners - FAO, WOCAN, MOEJ, UNEP, UNDP, UNFCCC - the training was done in a very practical manner, focusing on real case studies and extensive group work. The Climate Change Cluster at RRC.AP and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) co-hosted an exhibit during the full duration of the Conference. More..

Informal Meeting on Mercury Activities in Thailand
4 December 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Guilberto Borongan from the Waste Management Cluster of RRC.AP shared information on mercury-related projects and activities in the Asian region at the Informal Meeting on Mercury hosted by the Pollution Control Department (PCD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Thailand on 4 December 2017. The meeting was organized in partnership with the Japanese Embassy in Bangkok. The objective of the meeting was to share information on activities on Mercury in Thailand and in the Asian region. Among the discussed items were: (i) mercury inventory in Thailand; (ii) import and export of mercury, dental Amalgam; (iii) mercury-added products and cosmetics; and (iv) interim and/or long term storage and disposal of mercury. The meeting was presided by Ms. Teeraporn Wiriwutikorn, Director of Hazardous Substance Division in PCD. About 20 participants from PCD/MONRE, UNEP ROAP, WHO, UNIDO, Food & Drug Administration of Thailand, and the private sectors, including Waste Management Siam (WMS-member of DOWA), IDEA, AJINOMOTO, and EXRI, attended the meeting. The next meeting which will be held back to back with the working group (inter-agency meeting) on Mercury in Thailand, was tentatively scheduled to happen in April 2018.

ICIMOD hosted the Expert Group and Task Force Meetings of the Malé Declaration
28-30 November 2017
Kathmandu, Nepal

The Second Meeting of the Expert Group on Strengthening the Framework of Malé Declaration (EG2) and the Sixth Meeting of the Task Force for Future Development of Malé Declaration (TFFD6) were successfully concluded in Kathmandu, Nepal on 28 November 2017 and 30 November 2017, respectively. RRCAP, the Secretariat for Malé Declaration, convened the two meetings in cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Population and Environment (MOPE), Nepal and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). ICIMOD, the National Implementing Agency (NIA) of Malé Declaration for Nepal, hosted the above-mentioned two meetings

and also convened the "Air Pollution, Climate and Health in Southern Asia and the Hindukush Himalaya (HKH): Science-Policy Dialogue" on 29-30 November 2017. The Expert Group and Task Force members of the participating countries of Malé Declaration, which include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the Regional Facilitator and the Secretariat participated in all events.

The Draft Report of the Expert Group Export Group on Strengthening the Framework of Malé Declaration: Roadmap for Emission Reduction in South Asia was discussed and reviewed during EG2. This document will be submitted to the Sixteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG16) for its endorsement.

During TFFD6, the Draft Strategy for Malé Declaration (2019-2023) and the Draft Work Programme and Budget for 2018 were discussed and considered, among others. The same will be submitted to IG16 for its endorsement/approval.

RRC.AP participated in the Workshop on the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT)
28 November 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

RRC.AP participated at the Workshop on the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT), convened on 28 November 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand, upon the invitation of UNEP-DTU Partnership in Copenhagen which is involved in the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT). The initiative aims to support countries to build capacity for assessing climate action and reporting their progress in line with the Paris Agreement.

The meeting which took place at the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy (ONEP) in Bangkok, Thailand included several stakeholders, such as GIZ, Climate Change International Technical and Training Center (CITC), the Green Growth Institute and several Thai agencies.

The objective of the meeting was to conduct an initial stakeholder mapping and discussion on potential collaboration areas between UNEP-DTU and the Thai government agencies and institutions, for ICAT program implementation in Thailand. Possible collaborations with the Climate Change cluster at RRC.AP were also discussed with UNEP-DTU.

Pavilion of Partnerships during the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Week
27-30 November 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific had joined Asian Institute Technology booth at the Pavilion of Partnerships during the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Week which was held at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, from 27 November to 1 December 2017. The objective of the Pavilion was to strengthen capacity and increase momentum for SDG implementation in the region through sharing of experiences and knowledge and showcasing innovative, integrated and inclusive approaches. RRC.AP displayed its dissemination materials, particularly on waste management and shared its experience through face to face discussions with participants at the side events of the SDG week.

RRC.AP participated at the Expert Group Meeting on Best Available Techniques
14-15 November 2017
Seville, Spain

RRC.AP participated in the Expert Group Meeting on Best Available Techniques convened on 14-15 November 2017 at the European Commission IPPC Bureau Joint Research Centre, Seville, Spain. RRC.AP supported the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the survey and compilation of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) used for prevention and control of chemical pollution in India and China, and the reports were presented at the meeting. The meeting discussed the status of the BAT reference documents in various countries; what kind of information countries collected on advanced techniques (candidate BAT); and how advance techniques were evaluated and prioritization made for candidate BAT. There were over 30 delegates from the European Union including Germany, Belgium, UK, Russia, Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC), UNIDO, VITO, Korea and India.

The OECD Secretariat presented the background of the BAT project as well as the overview of the steps of the BAT development process. Dr. Ram Lal Verma and Dr. Mara Regina Mendes from RRCAP presented the findings of the BAT report on India and China respectively. Dr. Verma delivered a presentation on "Comprehensive Industry Document Series (COINDS)" which is a kind of BAT on Indian context. Dr. Mendes remotely presented the "Integrated, Intelligent and International Platform for Environmental Technologies (3iPET), a kind of BAT in China. Both reports were greatly appreciated by the participants. OECD will publish a full report on the BAT wherein BAT reports on India and China will be included.

RRC.AP supported the Nineteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG19) of EANET
13-14 November
Siem Reap, Cambodia

RRC.AP provided support to the Secretariat for the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET), hosted by UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office, in organizing the Nineteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG19) at Siem Reap, Cambodia, during 13-14 November 2017. The Government of Cambodia was the local host for the IG19. The meeting was attended by delegates from member countries of the EANET including Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Thailand, and Viet Nam and representatives from the Network Centre and the Secretariat, including RRC.AP.

Mr. Heng Nareth, Director General of Directorate of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Environment, Cambodia, delivered the welcome address followed by appreciation and thanking remark by Dr. Isabelle Louis, Deputy Director, UN Environment Asia & the Pacific to the Government of Cambodia for their gracious invitation and generous contribution to host IG19.

The session elected Mr. Heng Nareth (Cambodia) as the Chairperson, and Dr. Batbayar Jadamba (Mongolia) and Mr. Thalearngsak Petchsuwan (Thailand) as the Vice Chairpersons and Ms. Jean N. Rosete (Philippines) as the Rapporteur. The Session endorsed the Report on the Progress of the EANET since the IG18 and the Financial Report of the Secretariat and the Network Center in 2016, as well as the Report on the Outcomes of the Seventeenth Session of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC17). The Session approved the Report of the Feasibility Study on the Establishment of New Network Center for the EANET, with follow-up actions and the Work Programme and Budget of the EANET in 2018 (EANET/IG 19/8), with modifications suggested by participating countries.

Participation at the United Nations Conference - COP 23
6-17 November 2017
Bonn, Germany

A delegation from the Climate Change Cluster at RRC.AP, represented AIT at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, from 6 to 17 November 2017. The team co-organised two side events and hosted a permanent exhibit in collaboration with other international and regional partners. Full report can be found here. More...

Side Event 1: Measuring Progress in Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience: From Concepts to Practical Applications
7 November 2017
Bonn, Germany

The side event was organized in partnership with the International Development Research Centre, McGill University, University of Notre Dam du Lac and the Africa Group of Negotiators Expert Support. Country delegates and experts shared experiences on approaches to measure progress in climate change adaptation and resilience building, as well as challenges and lessons learned, with a view to identifying frameworks and key indicators that should inform metrics on climate adaptation and resilience. A background paper on the state-of-the-art on tracking adaptation and resilience was the basis for discussions.

Side Event 2: Japan's efforts in introducing next generation projects and innovative business models through the Green Climate Fund
7 November 2017
Bonn, Germany

The side event was jointly organized with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) and the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center (OECC) at the Japan Pavilion. MOEJ has been promoting mitigation actions in developing countries by enhancing their capacity to access GCF funds. With more than 50 GCF projects approved, it is deemed important to assess how effectively the existing projects promote a paradigm shift to a low emission and climate-resilient development and how to maximize the impact of future projects. The panel discussion with representatives from the GCF Secretariat, Accredited Entities, National Designated Authorities and the GCF Board, focused on the essential elements and challenges in defining a paradigm shift and introducing innovative business/finance models for next generation GCF projects.

6-17 November 2017
Bonn, Germany

The Climate Change Cluster at RRC.AP and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) also co-hosted an exhibit for the full duration of the Conference. Communication material showcasing RRC.AP's work in the Pacific was prepared specifically for the exhibit. The exhibit shared messages from and experiences of 21 Pacific Islands about the impacts of climate change in their island communities, and displayed climate actions taken to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change in the region. The exhibit was also an opportunity to engage with other delegates and promote the cluster's capacity building activities.

Training Program to Support Renewable Energy Deployment through Developing Project Proposals to Access Climate Finance
23-27 October 2017

A joint AIT-MOEJ-IRENA five-day 'training program to support renewable energy deployment through developing project proposals to access climate finance' was held in Tokyo and Kobe, Japan from 23-27 October 2017. The intensive hands-on training which was led by the trainer, Mr. Juerg Klarer, provided the platform for participants to start moving from project ideas to Green Climate Fund (GCF) concept notes.

National designated authorities, accredited entities, and project developers from Fiji, Maldives, Mozambique, Palau, and Samoa brought renewable energy project ideas to Japan and went home with an initial draft concept note for the GCF.

The training program was fortunate to have three representatives from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Secretariat. Mr. Urvaksh Patel and Mr. Alastair Morrison gave a comprehensive overview of GCF's operational policies and enlightened everyone on the meaning of paradigm shift and investments for transformational impact. Mr. Adria Llach presented GCF's project cycle in detail and worked side by side with participants in group exercises throughout the training program.

RRC.AP supported the Best Available Techniques (BAT) project in China and India
4 October 2017
Beijing, PR China

RRC.AP supported the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to implement the Best Available Techniques (BAT) project in two countries, China and India. A mission to Beijing, China was organized between 16 and 19 October 2017 which covered a range of government agencies and think tanks who are involved in, or responsible for the development, selection and/or assessment of BAT to prevent and control industrial chemical pollution. The main target of the mission was to identify how the candidate BATs are gathered, identified, and evaluated. The mission also aimed to identify Chinese experts to join the expert committee from November 2017. Dr. Mara Mendes and Mr. Timothy Lam attended the mission on behalf of RRC.AP together with an OECD representative, Ms. Marit Hjort.

Consultations were also carried out with relevant experts and stakeholders during 2-5 October 2017 at New Delhi, India. The experts were from agencies dealing with formulation and implementation of policies and technologies for control and abatement of pollution in India.

For a neutral opinion on policies and technologies formulation and implementation, consultations were also carried out with experts of think tanks and academia. A visit was made to a textile industry to consult with industry experts about the policies and technologies they are using for control and abatement of pollution and whether they follow BAT or similar concept in selection of the technologies. Reports of these two countries would be presented at the Expert Group Meeting on Best Available Techniques to be convened in November 2017 in Spain.

International Conference on "Resilience Building for Sustainable Development"
1-13 October 2017
Yerevan, Republic of Armenia

AIT RRC.AP participated in the international conference on "Resilience Building for Sustainable Development" dedicated to the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) held in the Armenian capital city between 11 and 13 October 2017. On the first day, Mr. Osamu Mizuno, RRC.AP Director, delivered an AIT presentation at the panel session and answered to participants' questions. On the second day, Mr. Armen Rostomyan, Senior Programme Specialist, RRC.AP, moderated the AIT session on "Coordination of the Sendai Framework Implementation through Monitoring and Evaluation". The AIT RRC.AP delegation also had series of very fruitful and informative bilateral meetings during the event, leaving with the prospect of more activities focused on DRR in the future. More...

New Staffs
Thida Tieng

Ms. Thida Tieng has joined RRC.AP as Administrative Officer. Her previous involvement was with USAID's Low Emissions for Asia Development working on capacity building and knowledge sharing for lowering carbon emission projects in development planning in Asia. She was involved with various tasks including organizing training, workshops and international conference for low carbon program covering financial and administrative management, developing online training curriculum for Asia Low Emissions Development Strategies, assisting in field work activities and data collection in mangrove and flooded forest and was the point of coordination for National Inventory capacity building program. In addition to her two years of climate change project activities, she also has extensive experiences in business/human resources management, finance management and economics from her previous assignment with United Nations Development Program in Cambodia and Cambodia Airports Management Service for 5 years. She obtained her master's degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development from the Asian Institute of Technology in 2014 and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2006. As an administrative officer, Thida supports the climate change cluster of RRC.AP on financial and administrative-related activities and substantively assist on program implementation.

Kristine Perez

Ms. Kristine Perez is engaged as Administrative Officer at RRC.AP. Equipped with a bachelor's degree major in General Biology, Kristine demonstrates more than 8 years of diversified and resilient experience in budget, finance, accounting, advertising, journal and newsletter editing, etc., along with successful organization of international symposia, short courses, and workshops in various programs of the Asian Institute of Technology.  While at RRC.AP, her duties and responsibilities include providing full spectrum of secretarial and administrative support to the Director and management team as well as support to the project coordination and implementation of the Centre.

Lucksika Sabannga

Ms. Lucksika Sabannga has joined as an Administrative Officer. Prior to joining RRC.AP, she worked at the AIT’s Office of Facilities and Assets Management (OFAM) as an Accommodation Administrative Officer where she managed housing reservation and lease agreements and assist in financial transactions. Lucksika had completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in Information System - Business Computer from the Rajamangala University of Technology, Thanyaburi, Thailand.  Her current tasks include providing financial and administrative assistance to the clusters at RRC.AP in the implementation of various programmes and projects.

Ximena Apéstegui

Ms. Ximena Apéstegui has recently joined as Programme Officer at RRC.AP. Ximena holds an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BSc in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations. Her passion resides in fostering a better integration of climate change and development planning, and in promoting multi-stakeholder collaboration towards sustainable development. Prior to joining RRC.AP where she previously was an Intern, Ximena worked as Project Manager for a sustainable livelihoods initiative financed by the Inter-American Development Bank and Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment, in partnership with CRUSA Foundation and the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment. She also co-designed and implemented a community-based rural tourism training programme, which was financed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As a Programme Officer of RRC.AP’s Climate Change Cluster, she is currently supporting the implementation of several capacity building and knowledge sharing activities, and conducting research for an upcoming report called ‘Making the Climate Change Argument: Tips and Tricks for Writing a Winning Proposal’.

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