Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)    
For fifty years, AIT ( has been serving as a regional hub for higher education and research in natural sciences, engineering & technology, management and societal development, corresponding to the environmental, economic and cultural dimension of sustainable development. Low carbon issues and its promotion (technology and policy) is an important focus area of training and research at AIT. Earlier, AIT has been the regional anchor institution for the Urban Management Program of UN-Habitat for the Asia-Pacific. AIT has also been a knowledge management center for the Sustainable Cities Program of UN-Habitat. AIT has been coordinating Asian Regional Research program on Energy, Environment and Climate, Asian Regional Research program on Environmental Technologies, Renewable Energy Technologies in Asia- A regional research and dissemination program, and Southeast Asia - Urban Environmental Management Applications program.
French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME)    
ADEME ( is a key player in the area of sustainable development at the European and world levels. In close collaboration with its supervisory ministers and varied network, the agency is extending its expertise to emerging and developing countries in addition to industrialized nations. On a multilateral level, ADEME provides expert advice to French and European delegations, under the framework of the Climate Change Convention, the Sustainable Development Commission, the UNECE Transboundary Pollution Convention or the International Energy Agency Treaty. It takes part in large multilateral meetings and implementing the resulting decisions. ADEME participates in number of bilateral or decentralized cooperation programs, thereby assisting in the development of regional, national or local policies focusing on ways to improve energy efficiency, urban environment management, the use of renewable energy or access to energy in rural areas. It supports the development of policies in these sectors, and follows up on them with concrete actions.

Regional Program "SDCC / AIT - France Network"

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The regional program "SDCC / AIT - France Network" ( which is co-funded and implemented in partnership by AIT and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( at AIT. This network is in order to strengthen AIT and France common research strategy toward SDCC – Sustainable Development in the context of Climate Change. The program consists of joint research projects for scientific development in the ASEAN region established by an agreement between the AIT and the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE), through the Regional Office for Cooperation of the Embassy of France in Thailand, ( The program, by financing mobility and networking, aims to promote and support scientific and technological cooperation between French research institutions and universities, AIT, and other research institutions and universities based in Asia, involving the public, non-governmental and private sectors.

Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES)

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The RIMES, was established on 30 April 2009 under the Agreement on the Cooperation on Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Afro-Asian Region. RIMES is an international, inter-governmental, non-profit organization, registered on 1 July 2009 with the United Nations Secretariat under Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations, mandated to provide regional early warning services, and build capacity of its Member States in the early warning of tsunami and other natural hazards.

Participating Asian Cities    
Da Nang City, Vietnam

Located on the central coast of Vietnam and encompassing an area of 1,256 km2. Da Nang is the largest city in central Vietnam and one of the country's most important ports. Ringed by mountains on one side and the East Sea on the other, the city is geographically constrained. Da Nang is connected to the rest of the country by National Highways 1 and 14B, Tien Sa Port, Da Nang International Airport, and by the Unification Train System.


Contact person:

Mr. Nguyen Minh Tuan
Da Nang Environmental Protection Agency
57 Quang Trung Street, Hai Chau District
Da Nang City, Vietnam

Tel: (+84) 511 3867579
Fax: (+84) 511 3817025


Chau Doc Town, Vietnam    

The second largest town in An Giang province and acknowledged as the third-level city in 2007. The total area of Chau Doc town is 10,464 km2, divided into 4 wards and 3 communes. Chau Doc town is the tourist centre of An Giang province, the town is near the Mekong delta, with interesting natural landscapes, historical and cultural monuments which were ranked at national and provincial level.


Contact person:

Mr. Mai Minh Hung
Vice Chairman
People’s Committee of Chau Doc Town
10, Le Loi Street, Chau Phu B Ward
Chau Doc Town, An Giang Province

Tel: (+84) 913 791100
Fax : (+84) 763 866211


Hue City, Vietnam    

Hue is the capital city of Thua Thien Hue province. The city covers 70.99 km2 of land and is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River. It is about 700 km south of the national capital of Hanoi. Hue is best known for its historical monuments, greeneries and variety of sites of outstanding natural beauty. The city has twice received UNESCO accreditation, once when its royal citadel complex was recognized as a world cultural heritage site in 1993, and again for Nha Nhac - Royal Court Music, which was listed as a traditional intangible heritage in 2003.


Contact Persons:

Mr. Phan Trong Vinh
Hue City People’s Committee
23-25 Le Loi, Hue City, Vietnam
Tel: 84-54 3822550; 3822544
Fax: 84-54 3822681

Mr. Le Phuoc Quang
Hue Urban Environment and Public Works State Company (HEPCO)


Chiang Mai City, Thailand    

The second largest city in Thailand after Bangkok. It covers an area 40,216 km2 land and located 700 km north of Bangkok. Among the highest mountain in the country, the city is on the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River. It is also a well-known historical city with rich cultural heritage and environmental amenities. In the last ten years, Chiang Mai’s economy has grown continuously, largely driven by the commercial sector and tourism industry.


Contact Persons:

Mrs. Rongrong Duriyapunt
Group of Air Quality and Noise Management

Tel/Fax: 05325 9301


Rayong City, Thailand    

Famous in tourism, agricultural and as an industrial city, Rayong is located along Highway No. 36, about 180 km from Bangkok. It covers 16.95 km2 of area with a mixture of residential, commercial, financial and educational center of the province. Rayong’s best known attractions are undoubtedly the beautiful islands off its serene beaches, some of them are located just a few kilometers away from the heart of the city.


Contact person:

Mr. Dusit Thamsiriruk
Chief of Environmental Services Subdivision
Rayong Municipality
44/6 Taksinmaharaj Rd, T. Tapradoo
Muang, Rayong 21000

Tel: +66 3862 0111 ext. 503
Fax: +66 3887 0091


Nonthaburi City, Thailand    

The Nonthaburi municipality was established by the Royal Decree in February 14, 1953 covering the area 2.5 km2. In 1988, the area was expanded to 38.9 km2. The Nonthaburi city is located in the eastern side of Chao Phraya River and is 20 km far from central Bangkok.


Contact person:

Mr. Permpong Pumwiset
Chief of Environment and Public Health Section
Nonthaburi Municipality
Muang District Nonthaburi, Thailand

Tel: +66 2589 0500 ext 132
Fax: +66 2589 0503


Matale Town, Sri Lanka    

Matale is a town in the hill country of Sri Lanka. It is located 142 km from Colombo and 26 km from Kandy. The city covers 8.6 km2 of land. It is an area steeped in history and village living. The Matale administrative district also contains the historic Sigiriya rock castle, Aluwihara rock cave temple and Dambulla cave temple. Surrounding the town are the Knuckles foothills called Wiltshire. It is mainly an agricultural area, where tea, rubber, vegetable and spice cultivation dominate. The Knuckles Mountain Range is a special landmark of Matale.


Contact person:

Mr. Mohammad Hilmy
Municipal Council
Matale Town Hall
Matale 21000, Sri Lanka

Tel: 94-66-222-2276
Fax: 94-66-222-3093


Kandy, Sri Lanka    

Kandy is located at the center of Sri Lanka and is generally recognized as the island nation's cultural capital. Kandy is 25.4 km2 in extent and is only 116 km far from Colombo, the national capital of Sri Lanka. Kandy is bounded by the Mahaweli Ganga along the entire western, northern and eastern sections. The river, the longest in Sri Lanka, also provides natural protection as well as a healthy clean environment to the city. The city is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Contact person:

Mr. Chandana Tennakoon
Municipal Commissioner
Kandy Municipal Council
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Tel: +94-81 2222-275
Fax: +94-81 2223-921


Kurunegala Town, Sri Lanka    

Kurunegala town is the capital of the North Western Province, Sri Lanka, and the Kurunegala District. The town itself is a busy commercial and a transport hub. Kurunegala is located at the junction of several main roads linking to other important parts of the country. It is situated about 94 km from Colombo, and 42 km from Kandy. Kurunegala city is based on a plain area of 11 km2 with the exception of the surrounding rock out crops. The northern part of the town is slightly higher than the south. The Kurunegala Lake is the primary geographical feature of Kurunegala and adorns the town.


Contact persons:

His Worship Nimal Chandrasiri de Silva
Mayor of Kurunegala
Kurunegala Municipal Council
Kurunegala 60000
Sri Lanka

Tel: +94-37-222-2276
Fax: +94-37-222-2274

Mr. Gamini Sennayak


Luang Prabang City, Lao PDR    

Located in the north-central of Laos where the Nam Khan River meets the Mekong River about 425 km north of Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR. The city is also the capital of Luang Prabang Province. The Luang Prabang town has an area of 818 km2 with the major part of town is covered by mountains. Luang Prabang is Lao PDR’s second most popular destination after Vientiane for local and foreign visitors. The city is also notable as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.


Contact person:

Mr. Phoumy Ophetsane
Vice Governor, Luang Prabang District
Vice President, UDAA, Luang Prabang

Tel: +856-71-260613; 260670; 252156
Fax: +856-71-253017