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Meetings and Events
Seventeenth Session of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (SAC17)
26-28 September 2017
Pathumthani, Thailand

The AIT Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) supported the Secretariat for the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) at the UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office in organising the Seventeenth Session of the Scientific Advisory Committee on the EANET (SAC17) at the Asia Airport Hotel, Pathumthani, Thailand, on 26-28 September 2017. The meeting was participated by the SAC members from the thirteen EANET countries, namely, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam. On major issues, the Session agreed on a draft Periodic Report on the State of Acid Deposition in East Asia and reviewed the Work Program and Budget of the EANET in 2018 which will be submitted for consideration and approval at the Nineteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG19) on the EANET on 13-14 November 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Training Workshop on Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation
11-15 September 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

The Training Workshop on Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation was held at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Service Building, Bangkok, Thailand from 11 to 15 September 2017. The workshop was attended by a total of 22 participants from 15 countries in the region, as well as by observers from UNDP, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource (WOCAN), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

The workshop was led by AIT RRC.AP consultants and staff, namely, Dr. Peter King, Dr. Keith Bettinger and Mr. Armen Rostomyan, with support from Ms. Nat Pinnoi and Ms. Mari Tomova (Global Environmental Finance Unit, UNDP) and with online participation of the Green Climate Fund and the Adaptation Fund. The training programme on Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation has been designed to enhance the capacity of participants to engage in or supervise the design and preparation of bankable climate change adaptation project proposals that effectively address the most important adaptation needs. It also aims to facilitate the sharing of experiences in developing a project proposal. The programme is currently offered under the umbrella of the Climate Change Asia (CCA) initiative and is jointly organised by AIT and UNDP. More details...

Pavilion of Partnerships during the First Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment
5 - 8 September 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

RRC.AP has joined the Asian Institute Technology booth at the Pavilion of Partnership during the 1st Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment which was held at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand, from 5 to 8 September 2017. The objective of the Pavilion was to provide additional informal space for member states, civil society, UN agencies and other stakeholders to share and showcase good practices on issues of concern for the environment and development. RRC.AP distributed its dissemination materials and shared its experience on face to face discussions with participants of the meeting.  

Professional Development Workshop on Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation
4 - 5 September 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

A two-day professional development workshop was held on 4 to 5 September 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand to train select faculty and staff of AIT who had expressed interest to become trainers for the training programme on managing project preparation for climate change adaptation. A total of 15 trainees from various responsibility centres of AIT, such as, the Office of the Vice President for Development, School of Water Engineering and Management, School of Engineering and Technology, School of Environment, Resources and Development, AIT Extension, the Asian Center of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification, and the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific. The two-day event shared the experiences of USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific project in delivering the training programme all over Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The workshop was led by Dr. Keith Bettinger with a special session given by Dr. Peter Noel King on the value of coaching before, during, and after the training. Some key lessons learned from mentoring exercises, such as, early feedback on pre-training homework; group work facilitation and evening clinics during training; and follow-up activities, were discussed in this session as they relate to the long-term impact of the training programme. The remainder of the training focused on the pedagogical techniques in engaging trainees and ensuring knowledge transfer as well as approaches to keeping the training materials up-to-date and responsive to developments in climate finance. More details...

Economics of Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) Training Programme, Pathunthani, Thailand
21 August - 1 September 2017
Pathunthani, Thailand

The first run of the joint UNDP-USAID-AIT training programme on 'Economics of Climate Change Adaptation' took place between 21 August and 1 September 2017 at the AIT, Pathumthani, Thailand. The event was a great success, with overall high satisfaction levels among participants. The 25 participants representing 13 countries in Asia, worked hard during the two weeks of training. Participants learned about climate change impacts on economic sectors, especially in agriculture, and how to conduct and review cost-benefit analysis of adaptation projects, whilst also working on their project proposals. Besides daily training sessions, participants were also offered a dedicated online forum and evening "clinic" time, where they received support from senior experts in further developing their proposals. At the last day, 12 proposals from 11 countries, were presented by participants and received feedback from prestigious panel of resource persons from UNDP and AIT. The ECCA team will now follow-up with participants to further develop their project proposals. The second run of the ECCA programme will take place in March 2018 and the call for applications will open in October 2017. More details...

USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Final Workshop
22 August 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

RRC.AP attended the close out workshop of the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific project on 22 August 2017 at the USAID Asia Regional Training Center (ARTC) represented by Director Osamu Mizuno, Head of Climate Change, Ms. Alla Metelitsa, Mr. Armen Rostomyan, and Mr. Lyan Villacorta. The workshop was focused on the key lessons learned all throughout the 6-year life of the Adapt project as well as lessons from the partnerships among all the organisations involved. Some notable partners present were the National Research Council of Thailand, UNDP, and IGES Bangkok Regional Centre.

The Training Programme on 'Developing Project Proposals for Climate Change'
7 - 11 August 2017
Pathumthani, Thailand

The training programme on 'Developing project proposals for climate change' for Pakistan was organised jointly by AIT RRC.AP and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) on 7-11 August 2017 at the AIT, Pathumthani, Thailand. Seventeen participants from various government line agencies of Pakistan had attended this programme which developed draft concept notes of four climate change projects for a potential submission to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The training programme focused on the result areas, results management framework, investment framework, and risk analysis of the GCF and the development of a roadmap for completing GCF concept notes and subsequent funding proposals. By the end of the training programme, four initial project ideas were developed relating to integrated watershed management; creation of an enabling environment for climate smart agriculture; combatting deforestation through natural resource management; and the environmental examination of biogasification of cattle waste. More details...

Waste Cluster meets with Full Advantage and EPIC
Pathumthani, Thailand

The Waste Management Cluster of RRC.AP received a team from Full Advantage, a private consulting firm, on 07 August 2017 to discuss on the waste management systems in Mongolia. The Full Advantage, in partnership with the United Nations Environment International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), is currently preparing a project proposal on waste management in Mongolia to apply for the Project Preparation Facility of the Global Climate Fund (GCF).

The Waste Management Cluster shared insights on the ground realities of waste management situation in Mongolia, based on its recently concluded pilot project on the Mongolia National and Ulaanbaatar City waste management improvement strategy and action plans, and on-site sanitation facility (wastewater treatment plant), under the Project Cooperation Agreement with United Nations Environment International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC). RRC.AP also had previous engagement on hazardous waste management in Mongolia, funded by the UNIDO Partnership for Action on Green Economy.

On 3 August 2017, the Environmental Preservation and Innovation Center (EPIC), a center of excellence (CoE) being launched by CENVIRO, a Malaysian company under Khazanah Nasional, the investment arm of the Ministry of Finance of Malaysia, visited RRC.AP and carried out an insightful discussion with the Waste Management Cluster. Mr. Sivapalan Kathiravale, Head of EPIC, introduced the four areas of development - human capital, innovations and advanced technology, green economy, and environmental awareness and social responsibility. RRC.AP and EPIC discussed the potential for mutual collaboration and partnership on waste management and 3R initiatives.

Global Waste Management Conference
1 - 2 August 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Guilberto Borongan from the Waste Management Cluster presented a paper on 'Comparative of 3R Governance in Asia', and served as a panelist for the Global Waste Management Conference 2017. The conference was organised by the Confexhub-Though Leader Network Solutions on 1-2 August 2017 at Bangkok, with the theme "Building Sustainability in an Urbanized World through Strategic Waste Management." The conference was inaugurated and was graced by officials of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, ISWA and Confexhub. More details...

Launching Ceremony of the National and City Waste Improvement Strategies and Action Plans
20 July 2017
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The launching ceremony of the National (Mongolia) and City (Ulaanbaatar) Waste Improvement Strategies and Action Plans was formally and successfully held on 20 July 2017 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. About 50 participants from several line ministries, NGOs (recycling associations), academia, and media participated in the launching event which was organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, UN Environment-International Environmental Technology Centre (UNE IETC), and the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP).

The event was graced by Honourable Ms. D. Oyunkhorol, Minister of Environment and Tourism and Member of Parliament of the Government of Mongolia. The National and City Waste Management Improvement Strategy documents were part of the achievements of the recently approved Waste Management Law 2017. The Minister and the UNEP IETC representative commended RRC.AP for its valuable technical insights and support in the development of the strategy documents, specially on the significant milestones. Following the launching event of the strategy documents, an Inauguration Ceremony of the Pilot Demonstration 'on-site green sanitation facility' project was held on 21 July 2017 at Gorkhi Terelj National Park in Mongolia.

The Minister of Environment and Tourism inaugurated the pilot project, and spearheaded the ribbon cutting ceremony of the on-site sanitation facility. The pilot on-site green sanitation facility is equipped with an on-site wastewater treatment plant, where treated water is being reused for domestic purposes. The facility also uses renewable energy (solar panel) and energy-efficient lighting, and is equipped with three waste segregation bins promoting 3Rs. Awareness-raising materials were installed at the facility to promote green tourism and clean environment of the national park. The Minister greatly encouraged the business entities operating at the national park to replicate the on-site sanitation facility to improve the overall sanitation of the area. Mr. Guilberto Borongan and Mr. Sanduijav Bayasgalan participated the launching and inauguration events on behalf of RRC.AP.

Launching of Asia Waste Management Outlook

AIT RRC.AP is the programme coordinator of the Asia Waste Management Outlook (AWMO), which was launched by International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) at a special session of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress 2017 on 25 September 2017. AWMO, which is regional in nature, is developed to complement the Global Waste Management Outlook. This regional outlook provides an overview of the current status, the current thinking on "state of the art" topics, case studies, and the future of waste management in Asia over the medium term; challenges and opportunities, described through case studies; and recommendations based on technical, strategic, economic, and communication perspectives. The outlook can be accessed at

Waste Management Cluster Published Two Assessment Reports
June 2017

Under the auspices and supervision of the United Nations Environment, International Environmental Technology Centre (UN Environment, IETC), Japan, the Waste Management Cluster (WMC) of AIT RRC.AP published two assessment reports.

The Secretariat of the ASEAN in cooperation with the IETC commissioned the waste management cluster to conduct a Regional Study on Mercury Waste Management in ASEAN Countries. The study serves as a preliminary assessment of the current mercury waste management systems and practices in the ASEAN Member States. The report provides a comprehensive information on mercury waste generating sources, waste prevention and minimization; handling, separation, collection, packaging and labelling, transportation, storage; treatment and disposal, and contaminated sites. The report also discusses the policy and institutional aspects of mercury waste management.

The Waste Management in ASEAN Countries is a summary report that examines waste management landscape in 10 ASEAN Member States. The report presents statistics on waste generation, collection, treatment & recovery, and disposal. It also identifies the existing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) in terms of institution, policy, regulation, and technology, and sets out the recommendations for sustainable waste management.

New Staffs
Armen Rostomyan

Mr. Armen Rostomyan is Senior Programme Specialist of the Climate Change Cluster. He has over 20 years of experience working as a Programme Manager in the fields of Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation, Humanitarian and Sustainable Development; Program and Budget Management, Monitoring and Evaluation; Organizational Development, Human and Institutional Capacity Development, and Strengthening Civil Society Organizations. He worked as a Programme Manager and Organizational Development Specialist based both in HQ/ Secretariats, Regional Offices as well as in the Field Offices of various International Organizations such as: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Development Program, World Bank, Habitat for Humanity International, Aga Khan Foundation,,Open Society Institute – Open Society Foundation, International HIV/AIDS Alliance-UK, and Amnesty International UK, being responsible for management of portfolio of various humanitarian and development programs in 18 countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa regions.

As Senior Programme Specialist, Armen coordinates and leads the preparation of analytical drafts, background documents, assessment studies, and policy briefs on climate change adaptation. He provides technical support to ministries and government agencies in the organization of intergovernmental meetings for bridging the science-policy gap in addressing climate change adaptation issues. He also supervise staff and provide guidance for the improvement of technical capacity of the adaptation component team.

Susana Guerreiro

Ms. Susana Guerreiro has joined RRC.AP as Programme Officer of the Climate Change Cluster. Over the last 10 years, Susana has accumulated a diverse set of experiences on the climate change and energy sector. She spent some years working with Climate Parliament, a UK-based organization, where she was responsible for implementing a EU-funded project on capacity building for policy makers on climate change and energy access for the poor in Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific, having implemented workshops in Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Ghana, Tanzania and Fiji. She collaborated with the Institute of Social Sciences in Lisbon, doing research on the socio-economic impacts of climate change and coastal erosion in coastal communities in Portugal and adaptation alternatives. More recently her work has focused on social change processes in the energy sector, namely citizen-led and community energy projects in Indonesia and Portugal. She managed the operations and communications of the first renewable energy citizen cooperative in Portugal. Susana Guerreiro holds a MSc on Social and Environmental Psychology and a MSc on Environmental Science, Policy and Management, a joint European programme from Central European University, Lund University, Manchester University and the University of the Aegean.

As a programme officer, Susana implements of a portfolio of climate change projects, including the AIT-UNDP capacity building programme on Economics of Climate Change Adaptation. Among other things, she is also in charge of the climate change cluster's communications strategy and activities, and dedicates a portion of her time to support activities within the Climate Change Asia Initiative. 

New Intern
Ximena Apéstegui

Ms. Ximena Apéstegui is a young development practitioner who is about to complete an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also holds a BSc in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations. Her passion resides in promoting a better integration of development planning and climate change action, and in fostering multi-stakeholder collaboration towards sustainable development. Prior to joining RRC.AP, she worked as Project Manager for a sustainable livelihoods initiative financed by Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment and the Inter-American Development Bank, in partnership with the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment. She also co-designed and implemented a community-based rural tourism training programme, which was financed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Ximena's desire to gain a deeper understanding of a different region of the Global South brought her to Thailand. As an intern of RRC.AP's Climate Change Cluster, she is supporting in the implementation of several capacity building and knowledge sharing activities, and conducting research for an upcoming report called 'the Tips and Tricks of Climate Adaptation Finance'.

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