Asian Development Bank (ADB)
ADB was established in 1966 under the Agreement Establishing the Asian Development Bank (Charter), which is binding upon the member countries that are its shareholders. As of 31 December 2010, ADB had 67 members, of which 48 were drawn from Asia and the Pacific region. ADB is a strongly capitalized, multilateral development bank, dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific region through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. ADB is headquartered in Manila, Philippines and has offices worldwide including representative offices in North America (Washington, DC), Europe (Frankfurt), and Japan (Tokyo). ADB’s staff as of 31 December 2010 totaled 2,833 from 59 of its 67 members.
Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan
The Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) plays the central role in the government’s policy for environmental conservation and human well-being. The scope of MOEJ’s works extends from local to global environmental issues including biodiversity conservation and its sustainable use.
USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific (Climate Change Adaptation Project Preparation Facility for Asia and the Pacific) is an integrated knowledge transfer, capacity building and technical assistance program that links climate funding organizations with eligible Asia-Pacific countries and helps prepare projects that increase resilience to the negative impact of climate change.
- UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)
- Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
- Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
- Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) located at Asian Institute for Technology (AIT)
Sub-regional and Thematic Nodes:
The sub-regional nodes and thematic nodes covering five sub-regions of the Asia-Pacific region implement APAN activities at the sub-regional level. The nodes are organisations mandated to work at the sub-regional level and function as nodal points for the Network’s activities at the sub-regional level.
Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) is an independent, non-profit and non-political organization that promotes multi-sector cooperation in Central Asia for addressing environmental problems at the local, national and regional levels. CAREC’s programmes portfolio includes the following directions: Environmental policy and management; Climate Change and Sustainable Energy; Information and capacity building; Civil society initiatives support; Water initiatives support; Education for sustainable development. As a sub-regional node of APAN, CAREC has conducted a gap analysis on adaptation to climate change in Central Asia, monitors best adaptation practices and is engaged in capacity building and awareness raising activities for different groups of stakeholders in the sub-region.
The Environmental Innovators program, Keio University (Japan) is a graduate school program devoted to research on climate change mitigation and adaptation. It was founded in 2010 expressly to create an educational environment that would support development of future Environmental Leaders in Asia and Africa. The program is built around the concept that true environmental innovation cannot be achieved without building up practical experience in the field, and students are therefore required to undertake internships and fieldwork as well as more typical academic studies. In 2011 Keio University became the host for the Northeast Asia region APAN node. Its students and professors will take part as active contributors and participants of the network, conduct research, and act as facilitators between practitioners and communities in need of support in the face of climate change.
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is a regional organisation established by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region to serve as the conduit for concerted environmental action at the regional level. SPREP’s mandate is to promote cooperation in the Pacific islands region and to provide assistance in order to protect and improve the environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations. SPREP’s vision is that people of the Pacific islands are better able to plan, protect, manage and use their environment for sustainable development. SPREP’s unique focus is to sustain the integrity of the ecosystems of the Pacific islands region to support life and livelihoods today and tomorrow. SPREP’s work focuses on four main strategic priorities: Climate Change; Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management; Waste Management; and Pollution and Environmental Monitoring and Governance.
Climate Action Network for South Asia (CANSA) is geared to redress policy divides and insufficient systematic scientific evidence & collective action as a platform of 103 organisations across South Asia. The CANSA has strengthened from five to One Hundred plus CSOs; graduated from individual to institutional partnership retaining the philosophy of learning and sharing. CANSA has strategically positioned as a real life laboratory; produces learning outcomes and provides space for experimentation. The cross fertilization of CANSA outcomes and experimentations elucidate capacity building opportunities for the partner CSOs. Roughly, on an average of five member individual’s involvement from one partner CSO produces 300 direct “green warrior” in the region. These green warriors are fighting the battle on ground to cope up with Climate Changes with improved skills, resources and passion. More noticeably, the demographic dividend with an average age of CANSA members is around 40 years, provides premeditated average advantage of 15 years of their continued services towards more greener and equitable development in South Asia.
Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) is an association of over 1,200 local government Members who are committed to sustainable development. Its members come from 74 different countries. ICLEI dedicates to building and serving a worldwide movement of active and committed local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability with special focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions. As a movement, it develops and runs a broad range of campaigns and programs that address local sustainability while protecting global common goods and link local actions to internationally agreed goals and targets. Also, it provides technical consulting, training, information services to build capacity, share knowledge and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. Its basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.
Global Water Partnership (GWP) South Asia is one of the 13 Regional Water Partnerships of the GWP, whose objective is to foster integrated and sustainable water resources management and development by supporting social and economic change processes in developing countries. GWP’s strategic plan for 2009-2013 focuses on four goals; addressing critical challenges to water security is one of them; to achieve this GWP South Asia implements climate change adaptation programmes focusing on improving the resilience of communities to climate change. In 2011, GWP South Asia was accepted as the Thematic Node on Water of the APAN. In this position, GWP South Asia will implement the sub-regional activities of APAN related to the water sector and climate change, and link with national implementing partners in related activities.
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – and based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Globalisation and climate change have an increasing influence on the stability of fragile mountain ecosystems and the livelihoods of mountain people. ICIMOD aims to assist mountain people to understand these changes, adapt to them, and make the most of new opportunities, while addressing upstream-downstream issues. We support regional transboundary programmes through partnership with regional partner institutions, facilitate the exchange of experience, and serve as a regional knowledge hub. We strengthen networking among regional and global centres of excellence. Overall, we are working to develop an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem to improve the living standards of mountain populations and to sustain vital ecosystem services for the billions of people living downstream now, and for the future.
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) was established by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in 1966 primarily to provide high quality graduate education and training in agriculture to member countries; promote, undertake, and coordinate research programs related to the needs and problems in agriculture of the region; and disseminate findings of agricultural research and experimentation. SEARCA’s Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Program (CChAMP) aims to contribute to an enabled environment for rural poverty reduction and food security via built capacities and institutions that ensure climate change resiliency in agricultural production and sustainable natural resource management in Southeast Asia. Its main platform for knowledge sharing is the Knowledge Center on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia (KC3).