Newsletter Archive:

VOL.19 NO.2 APRIL - MAY 2018
Meetings and Events
SANDEE Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics (SSERE2018)
30 April-17 May, 2018
Pathumthani, Thailand

The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) and the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics - International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (SANDEE-ICIMOD) jointly organized a 3-week Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics (SSERE2018) from 30 April to 17 May 2018 at the AIT Conference Center and Swutel Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

The RRC.AP Director, Mr. Osamu Mizuno, and Deputy Director, Dr. Jonathan Shaw, welcomed a total of 24 practicing economists from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka who were convened to acquire basic skills necessary to teach environmental and natural resource economics and to undertake research in this area, specifically on the linkages between economic development, poverty, and environment.

Dr. Ram Lal Verma, RRC.AP Programme Specialist (Air and Atmospheric Pollution) delivered a lecture on "Atmospheric Brown Clouds, Air Pollution Transboundary Issues and Initiatives" as a guest lecturer. The participants expressed high appreciation on the overall flow of the training programme, from the design of the course contents, the excellent presentations by the resource persons, and the smooth arrangements by the organizers, SANDEE and RRC.AP.

Training of Trainers Workshop on Cities' Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risks
7-11 May, 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

The Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop on Cities' Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risks was conducted on 7 to 11 May 2018 at the Sukosol Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was designed by AIT RRCAP in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Human Settlements Programme and the United Nations Development.

This practical workshop was attended by 21 participants from 8 countries, namely, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. The workshop was aimed at building the capacity of national training institutions, trainers and city government officials responsible for capacity development from the Asia and the Pacific region to deliver training on mainstreaming climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in city development plans and strategies. Besides the practical nature of many sessions, such as the analysis and use of the "Disaster Resilience Scorecard for cities", participants also had the chance to go on a field visit to the Khok Kham Mangrove project and start developing their action plans.

RRC.AP participates in the UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue
6 May, 2018
Bonn, Germany

The AIT RRC.AP participated as a Non-Party stakeholder at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) May Inter-sessional Talanoa Dialogue taking place at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany on 6 May 2018. The Talanoa Dialogue was launched at COP23 in November 2017 following a mandate to convene a facilitative dialogue among Parties to take stock of collective efforts to reduce emissions and build greater resilience, in line with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and to inform the preparation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Ultimately, the goal was to help countries increase the ambition of their NDCs by 2020. Seven Talanoa groups ("Talanoas") were set up, each consisting of about 35 participants which included 30 Party representatives and 5 non-Party stakeholder representatives. The discussions were conducted following the spirit of the Pacific tradition of Talanoa of sharing stories, building empathy and trust, and engaging in an inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue.

Each panelist was invited to prepare analytical, policy-relevant, and solution-oriented stories. The AIT-RRCAP shared an inspiring story of William Reihe, an entrepreneur from the Marshall Islands who had participated in an AIT RRC.AP training programme that taught him about energy efficiency measures and had built a business around these services. Later on, he expanded the business to provide solar applications for his clients. The story ended by inciting those present in the room and beyond to support entrepreneurs like William.

RRC.AP attended the 3rd Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Chemicals and Waste
2-3 May, 2018
Putrajaya, Malaysia

The Third Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Chemicals and Waste (AWGCW) was held on 2-3 May 2018, in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The Meeting was attended by delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam, and representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat. Representatives from the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South East Asia (BCRC-SEA), the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Economic Research Institute ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) also attended in some of the sessions. The meeting noted, with appreciation, the presentation by AIT on the Proposal on the Development of Capacity for the Substitution and the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of Mercury-containing Medical Measuring Devices. The meeting supported the proposed project in principle and requested AIT to incorporate the suggestions and inputs from ASEAN Member States (AMSs) on the proposal and submit the revised version to AWGCW through the ASEAN Secretariat for further review.

RRC.AP participates at the 8th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific
9-12 April, 2018
Madhya, India

The AIT RRC.AP participated in the 8th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific which was held from 9 to 12 April 2018 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. The Forum is an annual event organized by the UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) with the auspices support from the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ). The Forum was hosted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), India. The theme of the eighth meeting was "Achieving Clean Water, Clean Land and Clean Air through 3R and Resource Efficiency - A 21st Century Vision for Asia - Pacific Communities. " AIT RRC.AP as one of the supporting organizations delivered a presentation during the Plenary Session 4: the 3Rs and Clean Air - the role of the circular economy towards prevention of air pollution. Mr. Guilberto Borongan, Senior Programme Specialist, presented on the 'Co-benefits of sustainable waste management in preventing air pollution through reducing short-lived climate pollutants. Mr. Borongan highlighted the need for a proactive mix of (technical, strategic, economic, financial, information and communication) solutions to resolve air pollution from waste sector integrating circular economy. In addition, Mr. Borongan also served as the rapporteur at this plenary session and the succeeding country break-out session.

As one of the panelists, Mr. Osamu Mizuno, Director, AIT RRC.AP shared his perspective on accessing international financing for accelerating 3R efforts. He emphasized the need to frame the 3R challenges in the context of the SDGs, climate change, and disaster risk reduction, as an avenue for financing waste management activities. He also highlighted the need for capacity building of the national officers in accessing global funds such as the Global Climate Fund for sustainable waste management activities. During the event, AIT RRC.AP also showcased its activities at the International 3R Trade Exhibition, together with 47 other exhibiting organizations from across the globe.

New Interns
Luong Thi Thuy

Ms. Luong Thi Thuy has recently joined the Waste Management Cluster at RRC.AP as an intern starting from May 2018. She is supporting the cluster with desk research on decentralized sanitation system, in particular, the Johkasou technology. Ms. Thuy possesses a rich experience in project management with a proficient level of knowledge in budgeting, reviewing social investments projects, and performing other financial duties. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Urban Environmental Management at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

Anjana Tiwari

Ms. Anjana Tiwari is an enthusiastic young architect from Nepal completing her master's degree in urban environmental management from the School of Environment, Resources and Development at AIT. Anjana aspires to contribute towards sustainable development through local level planning, green architecture and climate-resilient infrastructure development. As an intern, Anjana is supporting RRC.AP in research and communications, particularly in analysing approved funding proposals to the Green Climate Fund and distilling good practices in proposal writing and development. The results of her research will be used to enhance the capacity-building activities of the Climate Change Asia initiative.

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