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Second International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia
26-28 January, 2017
Bali, Indonesia

The Second International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia was convened in Udayana University, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on 26-28 January 2017. The Forum was supported and organised by the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan and co-organised by Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, University of Tokyo (IR3S/UTokyo), Udayana University, Bogor Agricultural University, and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). The participants included specialists from academia, business circles, and central/local governments in the Asia region. The 2nd Forum's objectives were to: (i) elucidate new ways of building sustainable societies in Asia by stimulating discussions among the stakeholders; (ii) catalyse policy-research networking for the formulation of relevant science-based policies; and (iii) create the foundation for a consortium of relevant institutions and governments in the region that will facilitate exchanges of knowledge gained through research and catalyse dialogue at the policy-research interface in the spheres of environmental management and sustainable development in Asia. The key focus of the 2nd Forum for the realisation of sustainable societies in Asia included environmental monitoring, environmental risks and health, biodiversity, waste management and recycling, and synergizing adaptation and mitigation actions. The joint statement of NIES, AIT and IR3S/UTokyo was adopted during the Forum, in establishing comprehensive research initiatives and networks in order to make effective action within the Asia-Pacific region.

Prof. Yamamoto, AIT Vice President of Administration, graced the Forum with his opening remarks and keynote speech titled 'Towards Globally Competitive Environmental Research and Education Alliance from Asia'. RRC.AP supported NIES in coordinating and gathering experts from AIT as key speakers and poster presenter at the Forum. RRC.AP also made a presentation under the key area on Waste Management and Recycling, sharing the current waste management situation, opportunities and gaps in the ASEAN countries. The International NIES Forum is an annual event, where RRC.AP acts as the secretariat. The first Symposium was organised in January 2016 in AIT, Thailand.

Meetings and Events
Mentoring on Climate Change Proposal Development, 30 March, Manila, Philippines
30 March, 2017
Manila, Philippines

As a follow-up to the Training Programme on Developing Project Proposals on Climate Change Mitigation held in December 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the umbrella of the Climate Change Asia initiative, RRC.AP conducted a one-day mentoring workshop in Manila, Philippines, on 30 March 2017. During this workshop, representatives of the National Electrification Administration and the Development Bank of the Philippines received guidance and advice on the further development of a concept note for a project on renewable energy for rural electrification in islands, which is intended for submission to the Green Climate Fund.

WEPA Group Workshop on Piggery Wastewater Management in Asia, 21-22 February, Chiang Mai, Thailand
21-22 February, 2017
Chiang Mai, Thailand

A two-day Water Environmental Partnership in Asia (WEPA) workshop on Piggery Wastewater Management in Asia was organised by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) on 21-22 February at Chiang Mai, Thailand. A total of 25 participants from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam participated in the workshop. On the first day of the workshop, the participating countries made presentation on the country status on pig production, associated impact of piggery wastewater to water environment, and the existing pollution control (technology and policy) measures for

piggery wastewater management in their respective countries. RRC.AP made a presentation on the situation of piggery wastewater management in Thailand. The presentation was based on the findings from a desk research project being conducted by RRC.AP for the IGES. The second day of the workshop was a site visit to the Energy Research and Development Institute (ERDI) at Chiang Mai University, and the V.P.F Pig Farm, Lamphun. The objective of the workshop was to facilitate exchange of learning and experiences among the WEPA countries to move towards sustainable piggery wastewater management.

WEPA, with its 13 Asian member countries (Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam), aims to promote good governance in water environment by providing capacity development activities through sharing of information and knowledge, and capacity development activities. The IGES serves as the WEPA Secretariat.

Workshop for countries of the Asia-Pacific region: Advancing National Adaptation Planning and Implementation of Adaptation Actions in Asia-Pacific
15–16 February, 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

A two-day workshop co-hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand through the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) was convened on 15 - 16 February 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand to share experiences in implementing NAPs and discuss various topics including how the NAP process can be extended onto the local level including how the coordination structures to engage relevant stakeholders, different ways to utilize and manage data to support the implementation of adaptation actions and measures, and various monitoring and evaluation schemes for adaptation actions. Visit the workshop website for more information.

Joint Capacity Building Workshop and Science-Policy Dialogue on Climate Change: Low Carbon and Adaptation Initiatives in Asia
6-8 February, 2017
Pathumthani, Thailand

RRC.AP together with the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), and the Low Carbon Asia Research Network co-organised a joint workshop and science-policy dialogue at the Asian Institute of Technology Conference Centre from 6 to 8 February 2017. The three-day activities, involving plenary sessions, small group discussions, and a role play game on risk management, addressed the themes of low carbon development, adaptation and mitigation under the Paris Agreement, and the water-food-energy nexus. Several projects funded by the APN were discussed. Around forty representatives from academia, government, and international organisations actively debated on how networking, knowledge management, capacity building, and science and policy interactions can be developed to strengthen the response to climate change in Asia.

CCA Training on "Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation"
16-20 January
Bangkok, Thailand

A training course on "Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation", was conducted by Climate Change Asia (CCA) in collaboration with USAID ADAPT and UNDP from 16 to 20 January, 2017 at the UNDP office in Bangkok, Thailand. The training aimed to develop skills among project proponents that are essential for engaging in or supervising the preparation of a bankable climate change adaptation projects that effectively address the most important adaptation needs while attending to the goals and requirements of specific financiers. These skills include: (i) prioritizing adaptation needs according to environmental and socio-economic criteria; (ii) identifying financing sources and their requirements; and (iii) understanding and complying with fiduciary requirements of financiers (e.g. procurement, financial management, economic and financial analysis, financial and operational sustainability, risk assessment and risk management). The outcome of the training was to provide basic tools to help participants develop a "roadmap" for moving from project concept to project design document. Some of these concepts could later be developed into a full-fledged proposal to access suitable financing sources, including those from both domestic and international options. The target audience of the training were national level government officials that are currently, or would potentially be developing adaptation projects. About 30 people participated in the training including 16 government officials from seven Southeast Asian countries, such as, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Project Deveopment Activities of the Waste Management Cluster

RRC.AP Waste cluster had a meeting with Unilever Thai Services Limited on 16 March 2017 to explore opportunities for conducting a collaborative study on quantification, composition of flexible plastic packaging waste, i.e. pouches and sachets, amongst other plastic packaging waste. As a part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Planet, the 'Zero Waste to Nature' project is developing a roadmap to reduce flexible plastic packaging waste from going into landfills, through a proper collection system, recycling and waste to energy opportunities, embedding various community awareness programmes. The preliminary meeting concluded on a positive note, with Unilever showing its interest to collaborate on the flexible plastic waste composition assessment together with other governmental and non-governmental partners such as Pollution Control Department, and other Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies in Thailand.

EANET Publications recently released of Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) Meeting Proceedings

The Proceedings and Summary of the two EANET meetings in 2016 were recently published. The Sixteenth Session of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC16) Meeting on the EANET was held in Pathumthani, Thailand, during 24-26 October 2016 and the Eighteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting on the EANET was organised in Bangkok, Thailand, during 22-23 November 2016. The Proceedinsg were distributed to the member countries of the EANET and the Network Center. More details on publications

E-Communique April 2017 Release

The 60th issue of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) E-Communique is now available. Please refer to this link: APAN's E-Communique is the platform that gives you up-to-date information on climate change adaptation activities happening in the region. AIT RRC.AP is facilitating the summary, compilation and format of this publication.

Call for applications: Training Programme on Economics of Climate Change Adaptation

RRC.AP in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme and the United States Agency for International Development Adapt Asia-Pacific Project invites for application to the Training Programme on Economics of Climate Change Adaptation, which will be held under the Climate Change Asia initiative from 21 August 2017 to 1 September 2017 at the Asian Institute of Technology Conference Centre. The application is open till 31 May 2017. Further details on the objectives, target audience, content and application process are available at

New Staff
Dr. Victor R. Shinde

Dr. Victor R. Shinde has recently joined as Senior Programme Specialist for Climate Change and Assessment Cluster. He has over 12 years of work experience, encompassing academics, practice, and management in the environmental engineering and management sector, in six countries—India, Mauritius, Seychelles, Thailand, Korea and Japan. He specializes in 'urban water' topics, particularly in relation to supply-side and demand-side engineering and management of water. He also works on interdisciplinary studies, such as water-energy nexus, river health-human health linkages, and cross-sectoral climate change adaptation. He has carried out several projects supported by reputed entities such as APN, CGIAR, CTCN, and UN Environment. He coordinates the Climate Change Asia initiative whose vision is to build capacities of governments and other stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific to access climate finance as a means to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals. He also coordinates the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) project at AIT. CTCN is the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technological Mechanism mandated with helping developing countries adopt technologies to mitigate, and adapt to, climate change. He has published more than 20 articles in books, journals and conferences. Victor has a PhD in Urban Management from Kyoto University, Japan, a Masters Degree in Water Engineering and Management from AIT, and a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Karnatak University, India.

Mr. Makoto Tsukiji

Mr. Makoto Tsukiji is Senior Programme Specialist of the Strategy and Coordination Cluster. He has more than 10 years of experience in disaster and waste management activities encompassing strategic planning, operations management, project/programme formulation and management. He demonstrated experience in multilateral, multilayer, south-south, triangular and Pacific-Pacific co-operation in strengthening the platform of waste management in the Pacific region and he also had experience in chairing the Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) Urban Development of Sector Working Group (UDSWG) to promote and strengthen the donor coordination and cooperation. Prior to RRC.AP, he was with the Office of the Sound-Material Cycle Society, Waste Management and Recycling Department, Ministry of Environment, Japan (MoEJ); and JICA Technical Cooperation Project on Regional Solid Waste Management in the Pacific, SPREP, Samoa. While in RRC.AP, Mr. Tsukiji will work on the Climate Change Asia initiatives and will also split time in working with JICA projects in the Pacific (Papua New Guinea).

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