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					Doc -15                                            CAN2009                                              DRAFT
                    The 10 Annual Collaborative Action
                          Network (CAN) Meeting
                       AIT/UNEP Regional Resource Centre
                              for Asia and the Pacific
Venue: Amari Watergate Hotel, Thailand                   2nd October (Friday) 2009
                          PROFILE OF CAN PARTNERS
Central Asia
No.                                       Advisor/Organization Profiles

1.    Regional Advisor – Central Asia

      Dr. Kanat Baigarin is a Head of Kazakhstan Climate Change Coordination Center. Since 1999 Dr.
      Baigarin is an appointed National Focal Point on Climate Change in Kazakhstan. Dr. Baigarin has been a
      key negotiator in the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Conferences of Parties to UNFCCC as a part of the
      official delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan. During May in 2000 Dr. Baigarin was placed in
      Washington, USA to act as a climate change liaison between Kazakhstan and USA. Dr. Baigarin received
      his Ph.D. in physics and mathematics in 1989 at I.V.Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy in Moscow,
      specializing in physics and chemistry of plasma. He has more than 40 publications in scientific
2.    Scientific Information Center Interstate Sustainable Development Commission
      The Central Asian sub-region consists of the following sovereign countries – Republic of Kazakhstan,
      Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Republic of Uzbekistan. Central Asian
      Scientific Information Center of Interstate Sustainable Development Commission (SIC) is the sub-
      regional organization that provides scientifically credible information and analytical services for decision
      makers in the area of environmental protection for sustainable development. Among others hese include
      development of Integrated Environmental Assessment Reports, Assessment of Emerging Environmental
      and REAP Priority Issues as well as regional strategies and actions on SD.

South Asia
No.                                             Organization Profile

3.    Regional Advisor – South Asia

      Mr. Raghunathan Rajamani is Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest, and former
      ICIMOD Board Member.
4.    Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS)
       is an independent, non-profit, non-government, policy, research and implementation institute, working
      on SD at local, national and global levels. BCAS address SD through four interactive themes:
      environment-development integration, good governance and peoples’ participation, poverty alleviation
      and sustainable livelihood, economic growth and public private partnership. It was established in 1986
      and over the years has grown to become a leading institute in the non-governmental sector in
      Bangladesh and South Asia.
5.    Development Alternatives (DA)
      The mission of the Development Alternatives Group, non-profit organization, established in 1983, is to
      promote sustainable national development. The corporate objectives are to innovate and disseminate the
      means for creating sustainable livelihoods on a large scale, and thus to mobilize widespread action to
      eradicate poverty and regenerate the environment. The corporate strategy is to i) innovation through
      design, development and dissemination of technologies, effective institutional system, environmental and
      research management tools, ii) sustainability, through commercially viable approaches, iii) scalability,
      through partner organizations and networks. The activities of Development Alternatives cover a broad
      array of development issues.
6.    The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
      is an independent regional knowledge, learning and enabling centre serving the eight regional member
      countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India,
      Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – and the global mountain community. Founded in 1983, ICIMOD is based
      in Kathmandu, Nepal, and brings together a partnership of regional member countries, partner
      institutions, and donors with a commitment for development action to secure a better future for the
      people and environment of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas. ICIMOD’s activities are supported by its core

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                    The 10 Annual Collaborative Action
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                       AIT/UNEP Regional Resource Centre
                              for Asia and the Pacific
Venue: Amari Watergate Hotel, Thailand                   2nd October (Friday) 2009
                          PROFILE OF CAN PARTNERS
      programme donors – the Governments of Austria, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Norway,
      Switzerland, and its regional member countries – along with programme co-financing donors. The
      primary objective of the Centre is to promote the development of an economically and environmentally
      sound mountain ecosystem and to improve the living standards of mountain populations.
7.    The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
      TERI was established in 1974 with the purpose of tackling and dealing with the immense and acute
      problems that mankind is likely to be faced with in the years ahead: on account of the gradual depletion
      of the earth’s finite energy resources which are largely non-renewable and on account of the existing
      methods of their use which are polluting. The vision of TERI is to work towards global sustainable
      development, creating innovative solutions for a better tomorrow. The mission is: Tackle issues of
      concern to Indian society, and the world at large, and develop innovative and cost effective solutions;
      Enhance networking for sustainable interventions; Realize potential for national and international
      leadership as a knowledge based agent of change in the fields of energy, environment, other natural
      resources and sustainable development; Inspire and reach out to diverse stakeholders for realizing a
      shared vision of global sustainable development. TERI has over 700 employees drawn from diverse
      disciplines and highly specialized fields such as engineering, economics, natural and social science,
      biotechnology, architecture, public policy, information science and administration.

Southeast Asia
No.                                            Organization Profile

8.    Regional Advisor – Southeast Asia

      Prof. Nay Htun was formerly UN Assistant Secretary-General with United Nations Development
      Programme (in charge of the Asia Pacific Bureau) and United Nations Environment Programme (in charge
      of Asia Pacific; established the Industry and Environment Office, Paris; also served as Deputy Executive
      Director). He was seconded to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
      Secretariat, Geneva, where he served as Director of Programmes and helped prepare Agenda 21 and
      organize the Earth Summit at Rio. He serves on the Board of a number of not-for-profit research
      organizations, including the Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok; and the International Research
      Institute for Climate Prediction, Columbia University, New York.
9.    ASEAN
      The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok by
      the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
      Brunei Darussalam joined on 8 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23
      July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999. As of 2006, the ASEAN region has a population of about 560
      million, a total area of 4.5 million square kilometers, a combined gross domestic product of almost US$
      1,100 billion, and a total trade of about US$ 1,400 billion.The ASEAN Declaration states that the aims
      and purposes of the Association are: (1) to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural
      development in the region and (2) to promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for
      justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries in the region and adherence to the
      principles of the United Nations Charter
10.   Earth Council – Asia Pacific
      Earth Council Alliance (ECA) supports Earth Councils and other people and organizations committed to
      sustainability initiatives and preserving the world for today’s peoples and future generations. As an
      international organization, we are a non-government organization (NGO) incorporated in Switzerland.
      ECA supports autonomous Earth Councils founded during the last decade in with the goal of accelerating
      progress in achieving sustainability goals as they are framed in the Earth Charter, Agenda 21, and the
      United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Recognizing its international character and scope, ECA is
      being incorporated as a Swiss foundation in Geneva, and has established offices in San Diego, California,
      and Beijing, Peoples Republic of China. Recognizing its international character and scope, ECA is being
      incorporated as a Swiss foundation. The emphasis is on supporting pragmatic, results-oriented programs
      worldwide, and matching people, partners, and resources to support local, regional, and national
      initiatives. ECA will use the Earth Charter and Agenda 21 as historical baselines to measure and celebrate

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                              for Asia and the Pacific
Venue: Amari Watergate Hotel, Thailand                   2nd October (Friday) 2009
                          PROFILE OF CAN PARTNERS
      progress. Our programs span three important areas: Networks, Development and Communications.

11.   Thailand Environment Institute (TEI)
      Established in May 1993, the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) is a non-profit, non-governmental
      organization focusing on environmental issues and the conservation of natural resources in Thailand,
      Regional and Global levels. Founded on the belief that partnerships are the most effective approach to
      achieving a more sustainable way of life, the Thailand Environment Institute advocates a participatory
      approach to shared environmental responsibility. By working closely with the private sector, government,
      local communities, other civil society partners, academia and in international circles with international
      organizations, TEI helps to formulate environmental directives and link policy with action to encourage
      meaningful environmental progress in Thailand. In this way, and by serving as a reliable and up-to-date
      information and knowledge resource, TEI works to advance sustainable development in the country, in
      the Asia-Pacific region, and beyond. The vision of the Thailand Environment Institute is: " be a
      center of excellence in environmental issues; a source of up-to-date and reliable data; equipped with
      highly qualified personnel able to promote initiatives towards the sustainable development of our natural
      resources and the environment; and as such well recognized both locally and internationally."
12.   Stockholm Environment Institute - Asia (SEI-A)
      Stockholm Environment Institute–Asia Centre (SEI-A) at Bangkok was established on 1st January 2004 to
      coordinate SEI activities in Asia, cooperate with national and regional partners, and thus contribute to
      the 8th Millennium Development Goal (MDG8) namely the forging of a global partnership for sustainable
      development. It is the newest of the six SEI centres, the others being Stockholm, Boston, Tallinn,
      Oxford, and York. SEI-A's mission is to bring together global SEI resources - including its expert roster,
      its reputation as an honest broker between governments, academia, and civil society, its networks of
      partners and associates, both within and outside the region, and its tradition of professionalism and
      collaborative research - and place these in the service of the policy community in the Asian region in
      order to engender a transition to sustainability.
13.   EANET/Pollution Control Department (PCD)
      The Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) was established as an intergovernmental
      initiative for regional cooperation among countries, creation of a common understanding on the state of
      acid deposition problems and for providing useful inputs to policy makers at various levels. It was
      established as a regional cooperative initiative to promote efforts for environmental sustainability and
      protection of human health in the East Asian region. The Pollution Control Department (PCD) was
      established on June 4, 1992 under the Royal Decree on the Organizational Division of Pollution Control
      Department, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. PCD, which is network center in Thailand,
      carries out data validation, following the EANET procedures. PCD as the EANET monitoring sites in
      Thailand also monitors for wet deposition and dry deposition by filter pack.
14.   Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI)
      Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) is a biomedical and chemistry research institute in Bangkok,
      Thailand. Initiated by Princess Chulabhorn in 1987, the institute was established as an independent
      agency funded by the Thai government. Research activities are conducted in 9 research laboratories as
      individual research projects or are organized as integrated research programs drawing on interrelated
      work in the Institute's laboratories. Research interests in the Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology are
      broadly concerned with major health and environmental problems resulting from the use of chemicals.
      Besides research, the institute also offers various trainings as well as master's and doctoral degree
      programs in Environmental Toxicology, Technology and Management. In 2005, as a result of
      collaboration between CRI and World Health Organization in the area of Health and Environment within
      the region (SEARO, WPRO), CRI was designated WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and
      Research in Environmental Health Science and Toxicology.
      TUNZA is a long term youth strategy of UNEP which was adopted in 2003 in Governing Council. The
      Tunza programmes are the main platforms for cooperation and interaction between UNEP and its youth
      partners. It is the vision of the organization to "foster a generation of environmentally conscious citizens
      who will better influence decision-making processes and act responsibly to create a sustainable world".
      In this regard, there are 5 sub regional youth environment network in Asia and Pacific such as SAYEN
      (South Asia Youth Environment Network established), NEAYEN (North East Asia Youth Environment
      Network), SEAYEN(South East Asia Youth Environment Network), PYEN(Pacific Youth Environment

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      Network) and CYEN(Central Asia Youth Environment Network).
      The Regional Office of UNEP in Asia and the Pacific has actively supported youth activities under its
      regional Tunza strategy for youth engagement. The UNEP Environmental Youth Network is a global
      database of youth organizations and young activists worldwide who are working towards environmental
      development It aims at promoting partnerships for the environment by enhancing access to
      environmental information and through the creating two-way dialogues on the environment.

Northeast Asia
No.                                              Organization Profile

16.   Regional Advisor – Northeast Asia

      Mr. Hideyuki Mori served as Environment Specialist at the Asian Development Bank, Senior
      Environmental Coordinator of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, Director of the Office
      of Research and Information at the Global Environment Issues Division of the Environment Agency of
      Japan (present Ministry of the Environment) and as Portfolio Manager of the Division of GEF at the
      United Nations Environment Programme. He has served as the Vice President of IGES since 2006.
17.   GRID Tsukuba/NIES
      Since 1974, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) has been playing a major role in
      environmental research in Japan with the integrative expertise to tackle environmental issues through
      the collaboration of researchers and staffs with diversified specialties such as physics, chemistry,
      engineering, agriculture, fisheries, medicine, pharmacology, law/politics and economics. As a national
      research institute, the NIES has a mission of serving the public benefit. The second 5-year plan until
      2010 is focused on: climate change, sustainable material cycle, environmental risk and Asian
      environment. For ex. the East Asian Air Pollutant Emissions Grid Database (EAGrid2000) was created as a
      result of the development of emission inventories for a research project (2002-04) on the elaboration
      and verification of a next-generation source-receptor matrix.
18.   The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), established by an initiative of the
      Japanese Government in 1998, is a research institute that conducts pragmatic and innovative strategic
      policy research to support sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. In the face of mounting
      challenges, the mission of IGES is to create effective strategies and propose practical solutions to support
      sustainable development, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, while looking ahead 50 or even 100 years
      into the future. Expectations and requests are increasing that the Asia-Pacific region plays an important
      role in international efforts to deal with climate change and other critical environmental issues. It is vital
      to carry out appropriate policy proposals based on conditions in each area of the region, which is
      characterized by diversities in terms of economy, politics, culture and natural environment.
19.   Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED), a regional group of eminent
      experts operating since its establishment in 2001, aims to address critical issues facing Asia and the
      Pacific region and to propose new models for equitable and sustainable development of the region. The
      second phase of APFED activities (APFED II), proposed for 2005 and beyond, is intended to promote the
      implementation of policies, measures and actions recommended in the 2004 APFED Final Report. PFED II
      activities consist of three major components: Policy Dialogues, Knowledge Initiative, and Showcase
      IGES coordinates and supports APFED activities as the APFED Secretariat in collaboration with APFED
      members and other partners. It disseminates information and presents policy recommendations in
      pursuit of sustainable development in the region.
20.   Tokyo Institute of Technology, usually called as Tokyo Tech, is the largest institution of higher
      learning in Japan dedicated to science and technology. Tokyo Institute of Technology is recognized as a
      leading university, especially in natural science and engineering field. The university was ranked the 61st
      in overall performance (4th best Japanese University), the 21st in technology, and the 57th in natural
      science among the world's best universities in 2008, according to the TIMES-QS World University
      Rankings. The Department of Environmental Science and Technology is aiming at creating a new
      environmentology, and advanced education for integrated environmental experts by collaborating faculty

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Venue: Amari Watergate Hotel, Thailand                   2nd October (Friday) 2009
                           PROFILE OF CAN PARTNERS
      members from such comprehensive fields as natural science, engineering and social science to build a
      new cosmos of learning which encompasses various fields related to environmental phenomena and
      leadership to make and implement plans, programs, and policies for sustainability.
21.   The UNEP National Committee for the Republic of Korea was established in 1996 in order to
      introduce environmental concept and policy of UNEP and try to outreach UNEP's agenda into Korean
      society under the partnership between Government, NGOs, youth and children through releasing
      publications and coordinating campaigns or seminars for promoting awareness.
      The UNEP National Committee for the Republic of Korea engages in the following activities:
      1. Publication - (UNEP's annual flagship magazine), TUNZA Korean version (UNEP's youth quarterly
      magazine) and various book which was released by UNEP
      2. Networking between NGOs, youth and children.
      3. Online Media outreach through various websites
      4. Partnership with business sectors
22.   IESD-Tongji University
      IESD-Tongji University’s mission is ―To promote the protection and management of the environment for
      purposes of sustainable development through education, research and dissemination of intellectual
      assets in collaboration with like-minded partners from the academic, government, corporate and
      international communities‖.

South Pacific
No.                                              Organization Profile

23.   Regional Advisor – South Pacific
      Ken Piddington was with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and had a brief secondment to The Treasury
      before trade and economic policy in Brussels, London and Geneva. After 1971, he spent a period serving
      in the Pacific, during which he helped to establish the Forum Secretariat, the Forum Line and the South
      Pacific Regional Environment Program. His focus are national policy agenda, particularly issues of
      environmental policy and the planning process. He became the first Director of the NZ Planning Council
      in 1977, Commissioner for the Environment from 1980 to 1986, and then head of the Department of
      Conservation for its first two years. In 1988 he shift back to international work at World Bank and a
      series of different challenges, such as the establishment of the Global Environment Facility in 1990 and
      the directorship of the new Department of Environment.
24.   Built Environment
      University of New South Wales
      The community engagement and outreach activities of UNSW Built Environment is under a single
      reference group where each program operates independently, but in a collaborative context that seeks to
      build synergies around community oriented research, learning and engagement. UNSW has identified
      environmental sustainability as one of its strategic priorities. In 2007 it established the UNSW Climate
      Change Research Centre – bringing together more than 60 researchers from various disciplines across
      the University, being the largest centre of its kind. The University is also walking the talk with initiatives
      aimed at making the UNSW campus the greenest in Australia.
25.   Pacific Youth Environmental Network (PYEN)
      Formed in 1999, Pacific Youth Environmental Network (PYEN) has a network of young environmentalists
      (16-30 years old) from the South Pacific region who are actively involved in environment, sustainable
      development and youth projects in their own countries and further abroad. Group exists to facilitate
      communication, collaboration and cooperation between the young people of the region. The Pacific
      Youth Environment Network provides coverage of Pacific youth issues around sustainable development.
26.   Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
      is a regional organization established by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region to
      look after its environment. It has grown from a small program attached to the South Pacific Commission
      (SPC) in the 1980s into the Pacific region’s major intergovernmental organization charged with protecting
      and managing the environment and natural resources. It is based in Apia, Samoa, with over 70 staff. The
      Pacific island governments and administrations saw the need for SPREP to serve as the conduit for
      concerted environmental action at the regional level. The establishment of SPREP also sends a clear

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                              for Asia and the Pacific
Venue: Amari Watergate Hotel, Thailand                   2nd October (Friday) 2009
                          PROFILE OF CAN PARTNERS
      signal to the global community of the deep commitment of the Pacific island governments and
      administrations towards sustainable development, especially in light of the outcomes of the World
      Summit on Sustainable Development in the form of the Plan of Implementation, the Millennium
      Development Goals and Declaration, the Barbados Plan of Action and Agenda 21.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.

Regional Development Partners
No.                                            Organization Profile

27.   The European Commission
      The relations between the EU and Thailand have developed significantly since the opening of the
      Delegation in 1979. Originally, the role of the European Commission's External Service was to represent
      it in trade negotiations and to undertake development co-operation activities. Over the years the External
      Service, in the form of delegations and representative offices, have also come to represent European
      interests in many other areas of EU activity. The development of new areas of EU action, and in
      particular the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), has given an additional dimension to the work
      of these offices. The Delegations play a growing role in the EU's CFSP. They work closely with Member
      State Embassies and in particular with the Presidency conducting joint evaluations, participating in Troika
      demarches and other implementing tasks. The Delegations also provide support and assistance to other
      institutions and actors of the EU including the High Representative/Secretary-General of the Council of
      Ministers and the European Parliament.
28.   Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia (SENSA)
      The Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia (SENSA) is a knowledge-based entity within the Swedish
      International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) which promotes regional development
      cooperation, serving Sida's head office and its offices in the region. Its aim is also to cooperate with
      Swedish and regional organizations of importance for an environmentally sustainable development in
      Southeast Asia. SENSA has no resources of its own to fund projects but it is able to recruit consultants,
      organize workshops and function as a think-tank. It works independently but at the same time it is an
      integral part of Sida.
29.   USAID
      USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA) oversees a broad portfolio of programs
      addressing numerous regional and transnational issues, such as responsible use of natural resources,
      improved access to clean water, reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis,
      preventing human and wildlife trafficking, facilitating trade and economic development, improving
      governance, and resolving political conflict. The Mission’s regional approach to development projects
      provides a cost-effective way to manage services and programs. It strengthens regional institutions and
      helps to engage regional and international partners. RDMA was established in Bangkok in 2003 to
      manage bilateral USAID programs in Southeast Asian countries without USAID Missions, such as Burma,
      China, Laos, and Thailand. It now oversees bilateral and regional programs benefiting East and
      Southeast Asia. USAID promotes regional cooperation and networking as well as strengthened
      environmental governance. USAID is sharing innovative policies, practices and technologies to address
      key challenges in biodiversity conservation, transnational water conflict, access to safe water and
      sanitation, clean energy, and climate change.
30.   Government of Norway
      The purpose of Norway’s environmental development cooperation is to contribute towards achieving the
      MDGs, making it possible for poor people to improve their living conditions and health, and reducing their
      vulnerability. Their thematic priorities are: (1) Biological diversity and natural resources, (2) Water
      resources management, water and sanitation, (3) Climate change and access to clean energy, and (4)
      Hazardous substances.
      In Asia, Norway’s current regional partners are: ADPC, AIT, CCOP, FAO, ICIMOD, IUCN, NACA,
      RECOFTC, UNDP, UNEP and the World Bank. Government of Norway will: encourage partnerships with
      the private sector with a view to increasing investment in poor countries; work to promote an
      international system outside the traditional framework for Official Development Assistance (ODA) to fund

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      global public goods; cooperate more closely with immigrant communities in Norway on remittance
      transfers to developing countries; seek to make all Norwegian policy more conducive to development,
      and request the Storting to establish annual routines for evaluating the coherence of Norwegian policy;
      concentrate assistance in areas where Norway has special expertise that is in demand. This applies, for
      example, to peace building, managing revenues from natural resources and promoting women’s
      empowerment; channel assistance to other areas such as education and health mainly through the UN,
      the World Bank and other international organizations; continue to shift the focus of development
      assistance towards countries emerging from violent conflict and countries facing particular problems due
      to climate change.
31.   Finish Embassy
      Finland supports bilateral and regional development cooperation projects and programs in the region and
      also projects carried out by Finnish and non-governmental cooperation organizations (NGOs). Finland has
      launched bilateral development cooperation projects in Cambodia and Laos, but also Thailand benefits
      from the regional development cooperation programs. Thailand, Cambodia and Laos do not belong to the
      group of Finland's so-called long-term partner countries of development cooperation, which in Asia are
      Vietnam and Nepal. In accordance with the EU's common position, Finland is not engaged in
      development cooperation with the central government of Myanmar. However, humanitarian projects in
      Myanmar are possible in the framework of the common position
32.   Netherlands Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment
      The Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is an independent expert body that
      provides advisory services and capacity development on environmental assessment. In the Netherlands
      the Commission has a legal status to act as an independent advisor since 1987, issuing non binding
      advice to government agencies responsible for environmental assessments.
      In international cooperation, the work of NCEA consists of
      1) advice on Terms of Reference for and reviews of environmental assessments of plans, programmes
      and projects.
      2) capacity development of systems and institutions to improve the environmental assessment practice
      3) knowledge and learning resources on environmental assessment
      The international department operates under an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This
      started in 1993, with a special focus on countries eligible for Dutch International Cooperation.
      The NCEA’s secretariat is based in Utrecht and currently consists of approximately 60 staff members. A
      quarter of these in international cooperation. For advisory services, tailor made working groups of
      experts are installed, for the composition of which the secretariat can lean on a pool of several hundreds
      of experts.
33.   GTZ, German Technical Cooperation
      The GTZ is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide
      operations. GTZ promotes complex reforms and change processes, often working under difficult
      conditions. Its corporate objective is to improve people’s living conditions on a sustainable basis. For the
      Thai-German Programme for Enterprise Competitiveness: Eco-Efficiency Component, the key measures
      deal with resource management practices, energy efficiency, waste management, processing
      technologies, logistics, market conditions and policy development. The eco-efficiency concept is gaining
      increased importance in the government’s policies and legislative framework as well as within many
      enterprises and business associations. At the same time, concern over the environmental situation is
      growing and Thailand is experiencing heightened environmental stress.
34.   Clinton Climate Initiative - The William J. Clinton Foundation
      Building on his long-term commitment to preserving the environment, President Clinton launched the
      Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative (CCI) in August 2006 with the mission of applying the Foundation’s
      business-oriented approach to the fight against climate change in practical, measurable and significant
      ways. In its first phase, CCI is working with the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, an
      association of large cities dedicated to tackling climate change—to develop and implement a range of
      actions that will accelerate greenhouse gas emissions reductions. With cities contributing approximately
      75 percent of all heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions to our atmosphere, while only comprising 2
      percent of land mass, large cities are critical to winning this fight and slowing the pace of global

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      Based in Munich, Germany, the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) is a state-financed, non-profit and
      political foundation committed to promoting the values of humanism through educational activities with
      more than 35 years of experience in civic education in Germany, and international cooperation around
      the world. They are represented in more than 65 countries worldwide providing specific country-based
      Its office in Indonesia was founded in 1993 with developed and implemented programs jointly with local,
      national and international partners. One of its pillars is to focus on the promotion of Environmental
      Education and Education for Sustainable Development, covering training/capacity and institution
      buildings, exchange program, dialogue, public awareness, workshop, seminar and publication for the
      entire society in Indonesia, the ASEAN, Asia Pacific and Asia Europe regions.
      Numerous teachers’ trainings on the use of ―Water‖, ―Air‖, ―Biodiversity‖, ―Soil & Land‖ and ―Education
      for Sustainable Development‖ modules for Primary Schools and NGO experts at national level have been
      a landmark program of HSF in partnership with Universities and the Indonesian Ministries of National
      Education and Environment since its establishment.
      These efforts have significantly inspired the initiative and plan to the establishment of the ASEAN
      Environmental Education Action Plan (AEEAP) 2000-2005, which has been succeeded by the
      Environmental Education Action Plan for Sustainable Development 2008-2014. The document is endorsed
      by the ASEAN Ministers of Environment as a framework for coordination of the implementation of
      environmental education activities for sustainable development in ASEAN. HSF in cooperation with UNEP
      ROAP is actively involved assisting the selected AMCs such as Indonesia, Cambodia, and Lao PDR in the
      implementation of AEEAP in their respective country programs.
      The Asia-Europe Environment Forum and ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Cities are among other
      programs in the region of which HSF has actively taken part in cooperation with ASEAN Secretariat,
      UNESCO, UNEP/ROAP and ASEF, amongst others.
36.   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Asia Regional Office
      IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our
      most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN supports scientific research; manages
      field projects all over the world; and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations
      agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best
      practice. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. IUCN is a democratic
      membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and some 10,000
      volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by 1,100 professional staff in
      62 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. IUCN’s
      headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, in Switzerland.
37.   Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
      The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is a non-profit organization supporting the advancement
      of safer communities and sustainable development, through implementing programs and projects that
      reduce the impact of disasters upon countries and communities in Asia and the Pacific, by:
      1. Developing and enhancing sustainable institutional disaster risk management capacities, frameworks
      and mechanisms, and supporting the development and implementation of government policies; 2.
      Facilitating the dissemination and exchange of disaster risk management expertise, experience and
      information; and 3. Raising awareness and enhancing disaster risk management knowledge and skills.
      At the recommendation of UN Disaster Relief Organization (UNDRO) - now known as UN Office for the
      Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) - ADPC was established in 1986 as an outreach activity
      of the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok , Thailand , with the aim of strengthening the national
      disaster risk management systems in the region.
      ADPC’s Climate Risk Management Team aims to enhance capacities of communities and countries to
      manage climate risks at all time scales through the following distinct but inter-connected activities:
           1. Establishment of pilot demonstration project to gain hands-on experience in generating,
                 interpreting, translating and communicating to end-users with constant feedback mechanisms
                 through an end-to-end climate forecast information application systems in high climate risk
                 zones. The demand, acceptability and participation of stakeholder communities are central to all
                 pilot demonstration projects to ensure their sustainability and replicability;
           2. Capacity building efforts through training programs of intermediary institutions that connect

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                climate information providers and local at-risk communities. Creation of a new breed of science
                integrators who understand how to communicate user needs to climate information providers
                and facilitate the application of climate information by end-users;
            3. Establishment of interactive climate risk management schools to ensure the incorporation of
                end-users’ experience and wisdom on climate risk management into decision making process;
            4. Policy advocacy for incorporating climate risk concerns into ongoing development planning
                processes; and
            5.  Providing institutional forum for connecting climate research and prediction centers and high-
                risk communities and governments. CRM also establishes mechanisms for sharing best practices
                among the countries in the region.
38.   Rockefeller Foundation
      Since its establishment in 1913, the Rockefeller Foundation has sought to identify and attack at their
      source the underlying causes of human suffering. The Foundation pioneered the frontier of global
      philanthropy and continues to find and fund solutions to many of the world’s most intractable challenges.
      The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) aims to catalyze attention, funding, and
      action on building climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable people by creating robust models
      and methodologies for assessing and addressing risk through active engagement and analysis of various
      cities. Anticipated results of the ACCCRN program include:
            1. Capacity building: Selected cities in South and South East Asia have adequate capacity to plan,
                finance, coordinate, and implement climate change resilience strategies.
            2. Network for learning and engagement: A broad range of representatives of cities, civil society,
                donors, private sector, technical partners engage with ACCCRN to mutually identify and solve
                key climate change resilience problems.
            3. Expansion, deepening of experience, scaling up: New and more diverse partners provide
                resources and funding for replication in current and new cities to support the implementation of
                resilience plans and strategies.

United Nations Agencies and Multilateral Banks
39.   UNESCO
      The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), for which UNESCO is
      the lead agency, seeks to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into
      all aspects of education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural and
      environmental problems we face in the 21st century.
      Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a dynamic and expansive undertaking that envisions a
      world where every person has the chance to benefit from educational opportunities and to learn the
      lifestyles, behaviours and values necessary to create a sustainable future. Education for sustainable
      development aims to help people to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to make informed
      decisions for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future, and to act upon these
40.   International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
      ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the
      global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services. For nearly
      145 years, ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international
      cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the
      developing world, established the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast
      range of communications systems and addressed the global challenges of our times, such as mitigating
      climate change and strengthening cybersecurity. ITU is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and its
      membership includes 191 Member States and more than 700 Sector Members and Associates. As the
      specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for telecommunications/ICTs, ITU is committed to
      working in partnership with other organizations to contribute to the fight against climate change and will
      participate actively in meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and
      contribute its expertise in telecommunications/ICTs to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
      (IPCC). It will join in the effort of the UN system to ―deliver as one‖ to address climate change and will
      take steps to deepen the global understanding of the relation between ICTs and climate change.

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41.   Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
      The FAO regional office promotes sustainability and other cross-sectoral issues – in countries as well as
      in FAO’s own work –in the areas of agricultural research, extension, education and communication
      services; human resource development and environmental management; regulatory policies and
      frameworks for biotechnology applications; policy advice, technical assistance and training support for
      mainstreaming of gender issues and population dynamics; improved rural institutions and services; and
      participatory approaches and methods to support rural development, livelihoods and food security.
      The regional office assists Asia-Pacific countries with policy advice and technical expertise in agriculture,
      economic and social development, fishery, forestry and sustainable development to make the region
      food-secure for present and future generations.
      FAO works with governments, civil society and the private sector to promote food security in ways that
      aim to bring about durable improvements in the lives of the poor while protecting the region's natural
      resource base and ensuring that men and women have equal opportunities to benefit from agricultural
      and rural development. FAO has long been at the forefront of promoting natural resources management
      and environmental protection in its work, but, as of 1 January 2007, this commitment has been
      strengthened by the creation of the new Natural Resources Management and Environment Department
      The new Environment, Climate Change and Bioenergy Division builds upon the work of the former
      Environment and Natural Resources Service, with particular attention focused upon the role of rural
      institutions in addressing local development issues. The new Division will assist its member countries
      both in the mitigation of climate change and in the development of adaptive capacities of agriculture,
      fisheries and forestry to the effects of climate change. This assistance will be made available through a
      variety of approaches, including technical support, policy tools, institutional strengthening, guidelines and
      best practices.
42.   World Health Organization (WHO)
      The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that acts as a
      coordinating authority on international public health. Established on 7 April 1948, and headquartered in
      Geneva, Switzerland, the agency inherited the mandate and resources of its predecessor, the Health
      Organization, which had been an agency of the League of Nations. It is responsible for providing
      leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards,
      articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and
      assessing health trends. WHO aims to strengthen capacity in countries, particularly developing countries
      and those in economic transition, to deal with environmental health issues in emergencies. In addition,
      WHO provides support to countries during emergencies when needed.
      The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional
      development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. With a membership of 62
      Governments, 58 of which are in the region, and a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the
      west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to
      New Zealand in the south, ESCAP is the most comprehensive of the United Nations five regional
      commissions. It is also the largest United Nations body serving the Asia-Pacific region with over 600
      staff. Established in 1947 with its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, ESCAP seeks to overcome some of
      the region’s greatest challenges. It carries out work in three main thematic areas: poverty reduction;
      managing globalization; tackling emerging social issues.
44.   World Bank
      The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the
      world. We are not a bank in the common sense. We are made up of two unique development institutions
      owned by 185 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)
      and the International Development Association (IDA). Each institution plays a different but supportive
      role in our mission of global poverty reduction and the improvement of living standards. The IBRD
      focuses on middle income and creditworthy poor countries, while IDA focuses on the poorest countries in
      the world. Together we provide low-interest loans, interest-free credit and grants to developing countries
      for education, health, infrastructure, communications and many other purposes
45.   Asian Development Bank (ADB)
      ADB is dedicated to poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific, a region that is home to two thirds of the
      world's poor. Established in 1966 and headquartered in Manila, ADB is owned and financed by its 67
      member countries, of which 48 are from the region and 19 are from other parts of the globe. It

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      contributes low interest loans, guarantees, grants, private sector investments, and knowledge and advice
      to help build infrastructure and improve essential services such as health and education to boost quality
      of life, particularly for the nearly 1.9 billion people in the region still living on $2 or less a day. ADB's
      focus is on encouraging economic growth, social development, and good governance, while promoting
      regional cooperation and integration in partnership with governments, the private sector, and
      nongovernment and international organizations. Although most lending is in the public sector - and to
      governments - ADB also provides direct assistance to private enterprises of developing countries through
      equity investments, and loans. In addition, its triple-A credit rating helps mobilize funds for development.
46.   ADB (EOC)
      The Environment Operations Center (EOC) was established in early 2006 to serve as the information and
      knowledge clearinghouse for environmental management in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and is
      responsible for facilitating the timely and effective implementation of the GMS Core Environment
      Program (CEP). The EOC will also act as a secretariat to the Working Group on Environment (WGE),
      taking over the support functions, such as organizing and holding WGE meetings, coordinating WGE
      activities, reporting to the WGE, and other tasks which were previously carried out by the Asian
      Development Bank (ADB). The EOC's five main tasks are: GMS environmental information and knowledge
      management, GMS environmental management and conservation, Sustainable development design,
      environmental assessment, and oversight, Coordination and liaison, Serve as secretariat of the Working
      Group on Environment.
47.   Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
      The Asian Institute of Technology promotes technological change and sustainable development in the
      Asian-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach. Established in Bangkok in 1959,
      AIT has become a leading regional postgraduate institution and is actively working with public and
      private sector partners throughout the region and with some of the top universities in the world. AIT
      mission is to develop highly qualified and committed professionals who play leading roles in the region's
      sustainable development and its integration into the global economy.

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