RSB Asia

RSB Asia plays a critical role in the governance of GCRI, ensuring that global strategies are effectively adapted and implemented within the Asian region. By facilitating regional collaboration and providing feedback to the GSB, RSB Asia helps GCRI achieve its mission of mitigating risks, building resilience, and fostering sustainable development on a regional scale.


  • Adaptation and Implementation: RSB Asia has the authority to adapt and implement GCRI’s global strategies within the Asian region.

  • Regional Collaboration: It facilitates regional collaboration, ensuring alignment with global directives, and proposes region-specific projects for GCRI’s consideration.

  • Representation: RSB Asia represents GCRI in regional forums, events, and discussions, promoting its mission and objectives.


  • Members: RSB Asia is composed of experts, leaders, and stakeholders from academia, industry, government, and civil society within the Asian region.

  • Selection: Members are selected for their expertise, leadership, and commitment to advancing GCRI’s mission locally, ensuring balanced representation of regional interests and perspectives.

  • Term: Members serve fixed terms to provide stability and continuity in regional governance.

Key Information:

  • Regular Meetings: RSB Asia meets regularly to discuss regional implementation of GCRI initiatives, monitor progress, and address regional challenges. Strategic planning sessions are conducted annually to align regional activities with GCRI’s global objectives.

  • Decision-Making: RSB Asia operates through a collaborative approach, aiming for consensus among members. Decisions are made through voting when necessary, with each member having an equal vote.

  • Reporting: RSB Asia reports to the Global Stewardship Board (GSB), ensuring their activities are aligned with GCRI’s overall strategic direction.

Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Regional Implementation: Adapting and implementing GCRI’s global strategies and initiatives to suit the unique needs and opportunities of the Asian region.

  • Collaboration: Facilitating regional collaboration among National Working Groups (NWGs), academia, industry, and government entities.

  • Representation: Representing GCRI in regional discussions and forums, promoting its mission and objectives.

  • Feedback: Providing feedback and insights to the GSB on regional challenges, opportunities, and progress.

  • Project Proposals: Proposing region-specific projects and initiatives for GCRI’s consideration and support.

Relations with Other Governing Bodies:

  • Global Stewardship Board (GSB): RSB Asia reports to the GSB, ensuring regional activities align with GCRI’s global strategic direction.

  • National Working Groups (NWGs): RSB Asia works closely with NWGs in Asia to facilitate the local implementation of global standards and initiatives.

  • Specialized Leadership Board (SLB): RSB Asia coordinates with the SLB to ensure that technical and research activities within the region support GCRI’s strategic objectives.

  • Central Bureau (CB): RSB Asia collaborates with the CB for operational support, guidance, and resources necessary for executing regional activities effectively.

Meeting Structure:

  • Regular Meetings: Scheduled to discuss ongoing projects, review global updates from GCRI, and plan local initiatives.

  • Strategic Planning Sessions: Annual sessions to align regional activities with GCRI’s global objectives and identify key regional priorities.

  • Ad Hoc Meetings: Convened as needed to address urgent or specific regional issues, opportunities, or collaborations.

Accountability and Reporting:

  • Transparency: RSB Asia maintains transparency in its operations, providing regular updates and reports to the GSB and regional stakeholders.

  • Ethics and Integrity: Upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and governance in all activities and decisions.

  • Stakeholder Engagement: Actively engaging with regional stakeholders, including members, partners, and external entities, to ensure inclusive and collaborative activities.

Integration and Synergy:

  • Collaborative Approach: RSB Asia ensures that regional activities work in synergy with global strategies, fostering a collaborative environment for effective decision-making and implementation.

  • Strategic Alignment: Aligning regional initiatives with GCRI’s global objectives, ensuring coherence and unified direction across all levels of governance.

  • Operational Support: Providing the necessary oversight and support to regional operational teams, including NWGs and Competence Cells, to ensure the smooth execution of GCRI’s mission.

Specific Initiatives and Programs:

  • Capacity Building: Focusing on enhancing regional capabilities in risk management, resilience building, and sustainable development through targeted training and development programs.

  • Research and Innovation: Promoting region-specific research and innovation projects that address the unique challenges and opportunities within Asia.

  • Civic Engagement: Encouraging active participation from regional civil society organizations and fostering a culture of collaborative problem-solving and innovation.


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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