The Stewardship Leadership Board for Asia (STWLB-ASIA)


The Stewardship Leadership Board for Asia (STWLB-ASIA) within the Global Center for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) orchestrates strategic alignment between Asia's national initiatives and GCRI's global objectives. Comprising the chairs of all Specialized Leadership Boards (SLBs) focused on the region, along with the regional President, Secretary, and Vice President of STWLB-ASIA, this board integrates GCRI's diverse activities into a cohesive strategy. It ensures that the execution of these strategies resonates effectively across local and international dimensions within the Asian context, fostering a unified approach to innovation, risk management, and sustainable development.


STWLB-ASIA envisions a future where Asia leads in harmonizing national efforts with global sustainability and innovation goals. It aims to position GCRI as a pivotal entity in driving impactful changes across Asia, leveraging the region's unique strengths and opportunities to address global challenges.


The mission of STWLB-ASIA is to ensure strategic coherence and effectiveness of GCRI’s initiatives across Asia, fostering a seamless integration of global standards with national strategies. It is committed to enhancing the region's contribution to global governance in risk management, security, privacy, and sustainability through innovative and collaborative approaches.


  • Chairs of SLBs: Leaders from the Industry, Academic, Engineering, Strategic, and Legacy Leadership Boards specific to Asia, bringing multidisciplinary insights.

  • Regional President: The overarching leader of STWLB-ASIA, guiding the board's strategic direction and integration with GCRI’s global mission.

  • Secretary: Responsible for the administration, coordination, and documentation of STWLB-ASIA’s activities and decisions.

  • Vice President: Supports the President in strategic planning and operational execution, focusing on enhancing GCRI’s impact within Asia.


  • National Working Groups (NWGs) Formation and Governance: Establishing and guiding NWGs to translate GCRI’s global initiatives into effective national strategies.

  • Oversight of National Councils: Ensuring these councils align with GCRI's mission, facilitating their input into global governance frameworks.

  • Guidance for National Technical Councils: Overseeing councils to address local challenges while contributing to the global knowledge pool.

  • Strategic Consistency: Maintaining strategic alignment across GCRI’s operations within Asia, from grassroots efforts to global initiatives.


  • Regular Strategic Meetings: Facilitating discussions on strategic alignment and execution plans.

  • Coordination Mechanisms: Implementing systems for seamless cooperation between national and global initiatives.

  • Performance Monitoring: Evaluating the effectiveness of strategies and initiatives across Asia.


  • Strategic Alignment and Execution: Ensuring GCRI’s activities in Asia are strategically aligned with both regional needs and global objectives.

  • Collaborative Network Building: Spearheading partnerships and alliances to amplify GCRI’s impact across Asia.

  • Innovation and Sustainability Advocacy: Championing innovative solutions and sustainable practices within Asia’s national strategies and global contributions.

  • Knowledge and Best Practices Sharing: Facilitating the exchange of insights and successful strategies among national working groups and councils.

  • Capacity Building: Enhancing the capabilities of NWGs, National Councils, and Technical Councils to effectively address local challenges and contribute to global goals.


East Asia: Expansive Bioregional Diversity

East Asia's environmental complexity extends beyond the Gobi Desert, Yangtze River, and Japan's volcanic islands to include the Siberian Taiga in northern China and Russia, characterized by vast coniferous forests that play a crucial role in carbon sequestration. The Korean Peninsula, with its mountainous terrain and deciduous forests, presents unique conservation challenges and opportunities for biodiversity preservation. Initiatives in East Asia are multifaceted, aiming not only to harness technology for environmental management but also to restore and protect the diverse ecosystems ranging from arid deserts to lush forests, ensuring the resilience of urban and rural areas alike against climate change and natural disasters.

Southeast Asia: A Mosaic of Ecological Richness

In addition to the Coral Triangle, Mekong Delta, and the archipelagic rainforests, Southeast Asia encompasses the peatlands of Borneo and Sumatra, critical carbon sinks threatened by deforestation and unsustainable land use. The region's extensive coastline is prone to rising sea levels and increased storm intensity, necessitating coastal management and disaster risk reduction strategies. Conservation efforts extend to protecting the unique fauna and flora of the region, employing community-based approaches to manage natural resources sustainably, and implementing agroforestry practices to maintain the ecological balance and support local economies.

South Asia: Diverse Climates and Ecosystems

Beyond the Himalayas, Indo-Gangetic Plain, and the Sundarbans, South Asia's bioregional diversity includes the Thar Desert's arid landscape, demanding innovative water management and desertification control measures. The Western Ghats and Eastern Himalayas are biodiversity hotspots, requiring targeted conservation strategies to protect endemic species and forest habitats. Integrated water resource management extends to addressing the challenges of seasonal river flooding and the impacts of glacier melt on water availability. Efforts in South Asia emphasize the need for cross-border environmental cooperation and community engagement in conservation and sustainable development practices.

Central Asia: Unique Environmental Features

Central Asia's environmental narrative is enriched by the Aral Sea basin, a cautionary tale of ecological degradation, highlighting the urgency for sustainable water and land management practices. The region's biodiversity includes unique grassland ecosystems, such as the Kazakh Steppe, home to migratory bird routes and endemic species. Innovative approaches in Central Asia focus on reviving the Aral Sea, implementing sustainable agricultural practices, and harnessing renewable energy sources like solar and wind power to meet the needs of its diverse ecosystems and rural communities while combating the impacts of climate change.

Integrating Bioregional Strategies

The collective power of STWLB-ASIA's initiatives across these bioregions underscores the importance of tailored, science-based strategies to address the specific environmental challenges and opportunities within each. By leveraging advanced technology, promoting sustainable land use and conservation practices, and fostering regional and international cooperation, STWLB-ASIA aims to secure the ecological integrity and sustainability of Asia's vast and varied landscapes. This integrated approach not only protects the continent's rich biodiversity but also supports the socio-economic development of its diverse communities, ensuring a resilient and sustainable future for all of Asia.

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