Sub-Regional Committees

In order to identify, discuss and address regional research priorities and capacity development needs common to each sub-region, APN initiated the Sub-Regional Committees in the second strategic phase of APN.  At the 19th Inter-Governmental Meeting, sub-regional committees were institutionalised as sub-organs of APN. The Sub-Regional Committees for Southeast Asia, South Asia and Temperate East Asia were established in 2007, 2009 and 2013, respectively.  Each committee consists of the national Focal Point and Scientific Planning Group member of each member country in the committee.

Sub-Regional cooperation meetings are participated by APN members as well as key international and regional organisations. They have improved the flow of information among scientific and policy communities at the sub-regional level, and have strengthened collaboration with key partners in the region. Furthermore, meetings are typically followed by a knowledge-sharing event organised by the host country and/or a proposal development training workshop organised by the Secretariat, which draws on the experience and expertise of members and invited experts.

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Sub-Regional Committee

Countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam

September 2015, 8th SEA-SRC Meeting, Bogor Indonesia

The 8th SEA-SRC Meeting was held as a back-to-back event with the kick-off meeting of the SEA project “Building Capacity for Urban Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Asia”. The Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) joined the meeting and requested SEA support to establish a Southeast Asia Network for Mountain Research Initiatives. Members welcomed the idea and further discussed the way to support the mountain research activities in SEA region. Members shared information about conducted or upcoming national level activities to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the APN.

July 2014, 7th SEA-SRC Meeting, Vientiane, Lao PDR

The SEA-SRC Meeting successfully completed a seed grant proposal on “Scoping Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Planning in SEA” and the revised full proposal was submitted to the 2014 APN annual call for proposals under the CAPaBLE programme. A representative from Myanmar attended the 7th SEA-SRC Meeting and shared information on ongoing global change initiatives in Myanmar. SEA-SRC members expressed their willingness to engage Myanmar in regional activities and invited Myanmar to become an APN member through successful regional collaboration. Members agreed to engage ASEAN to enhance collaborative activities with other Southeast Asia regional networks.

November 2013. 6th SEA-SRC Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The meeting discussed several issues, including:

  1. Sub-regional cooperation and efforts towards institutionalisation of sub-regional committees
  2. Proposed activities on a summer school on climate change adaptation in urban planning
  3. Improving communication between member countries
  4. Engagement of Myanmar in sub-regional cooperation
  5. APN Frameworks
  6. Future Events and Activities
October 2012. 5th SEA-SRC Meeting, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Outcomes of the Science-Policy Dialogue were reported. Members further discussed the details for the summer school proposal to be submitted to APN’s 2013 Annual Calls for Proposals process. Engaging Myanmar in APN activities were considered, which has led to Myanmar being endorsed by the IGM in 2013 as an “approved country” for APN activities.
July 2011. 4th SEA-SRC Meeting, Hanoi, Viet Nam
The committee discussed revisions to the terms of reference for the first Southeast Asia Science-Policy Dialogue, which was successfully held in 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. A proposal for a summer school project was raised and discussed.
November 2010. 3rd SEA-SRC Meeting, Manila, Philippines
The committee discussed actions in response to the SWOT analysis both at the country and sub-regional levels.
August 2009. 2nd SEA-SRC Meeting. Bangkok, Thailand
A number of APN projects were reviewed and a SWOT analysis was performed in order to indentify mechanisms for enhanced interactions within the sub-region.
March 2008. SEA-SRC Ad Hoc Meeting. Kobe, Japan
The meeting explored ways to enhance communication among the scientists in the sub-region in order to develop a proposal for sub-regional activities.
August 2007. 1st SEA-SRC Meeting. Jakarta, Indonesia
The SEA-SRCom laid out its medium- to long-term work plan and agreed on the organisational structure, membership, functions, modalities and scientific priorities.
March 2007. 12th IGM/SPG Meeting. Honolulu, USA
Papers regarding the development of terms of reference (ToR) for the SEA-SRCom were discussed and revised. A budget for implementing this trial model was approved.
August 2006. Sub-Regional Committee (SRCom) Meeting. Jakarta, Indonesia
The Southeast Asia (SEA) SRCom was formed, initiated by the national Focal Point for Indonesia, Ms. Liana Bratasida.


South Asia

South Asia Sub-Regional Committee

Countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

January 2015, 6th SA-SRC Meeting, Thimpu, Bhutan
South Asia Sub-Regional committee members successfully held a Science-Policy Dialogue as back-to-back with the 6th SA-SRC meeting with attendance of over 50 participants. During the 6th SA-SRC meeting, members discussed the importance of collaborative activities to further strengthen the APN activities in South Asia. Members agreed to create a list of organisations based in South Asia that have the potential to collaborate with APN.
October 2013, 5th SA-SRC Meeting, Wattala, Sri Lanka
Members discussed and identify key areas (i.e., mandate, membership, and procedure) to institutionalise Sub-Regional Committees as sub-organs of APN. Two draft proposals were shared among the South Asian members and country representatives to lead the proposed project were identified. Members discussed organising a Science-Policy Dialogue in South Asia and identified the work plan as well as the venue, partners and topics for the dialogue. A country experience-sharing session on addressing climate extreme events was also conducted during the 5th SA-SRC Meeting wherein member countries agreed to focus on drought and flood as common climate-related problems in South Asia region and incorporate sharing knowledge and experience among the member countries in the SA-SPD.
January 2013. 4th SA-SRC Meeting, Kathmandu, Nepal
Participants provided sub-regional input to the development of the APN biodiversity framework. Discussions were initiated regarding a collective proposal on climate change adaptation and the possibility for a science-policy dialogue for the sub-region.
January 2012. 3rd SA-SRC Meeting. Paro, Bhutan
Members shared their countries’ scientific trends regarding sustainable development, and identified a list of prioritized areas for research and capacity development particularly relevant for the sub-region.
November 2010. 2nd SA-SRC Meeting, Pune, India
The sub-regional approach was reviewed and reinforced at the second meeting. Members suggested that APN look closer at how project activities could relate to and influence policy development.
July 2009. 1st SA-SRC Meeting, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Members contributed to strategic evaluation and planning, and explored ways to integrate actions and responses into a regional effort.

Temperate East Asia

Temperate East Asia Sub-Regional Committee

Countries: China, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation

November 2015, 1st TEA-SRC Meeting, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia  TEA committee held series of activities in 2015 together with 1st TEA Sub-Regional cooperation meeting. The 3rd APN Science-Policy Dialogue was held with the participation of over 60 participants including policy makers, scientists, and young scientists.  At the 1st TEA-SRC meeting members discussed the outcomes of the 3rd Science policy dialogue and identified main points that needed be reflected in the TEA committee report to the IGM.  Furthermore, considering the active participation of young scientists at the dialogue members emphasised the need for continuing capacity development activities for young scientists in Temperate East Asia region. The annual Proposal Development Training Workshop (PDTW) also held as a back-to-back event with the first TEA meeting and 21 young scientists in the region were trained to develop competitive regional proposals for APN annual call.
February 2013. Scoping workshop of TEA Sub-Regional committee, Vladivostok, Russia Members identified areas of common interest, including air pollution and biodiversity, particularly marine protected areas. As result of the meeting, Japan and the Republic of Korea will lead a joint project in 2013 on Ecosystem Services & Biodiversity for IPBES that involves TEA members.
March 2012. 17th IGM/SPG, Jakarta, Indonesia Temperate East Asia (TEA) country members stressed the need to undertake a scoping workshop for TEA to discuss the need to form a committee as well as discuss common activities and expand the involvement of scientists from the sub-region in APN activities.