- The Japanese Environmental Specimen Time Capsule Programme of the National Institute of Environmental Science (NIES) in Tsukuba (Ibaraki) was established in 1980. Nest to opportunistic samples of e.g. endangered birds, the Time Capsule Programme regularly samples bivalves, fish and sediments from the coastlines and from background areas. In 2005 Japanese Environmental Specimen Bank for Global Monitoring (es-BANK) became operational at the Center for Marine Environmental Studies at the Ehime University, Matsuyama. In contrast to the Time Capsule Program, the es-Bank archives opportunistic samples of a wide range of species from terrestrial, freshwater, marine and coastal ecosystems from all over the world.
- South Korea also maintains two specimen banks with different focuses. The Korean National Environmental Specimen Bank routinely collects animals and plants from freshwater, coastal and terrestrial ecosystems in South Korea (e.g. bird eggs, fish, bivalves, shoots and leaves of trees) and also includes also human samples (serum). It was established in 2010 at the National Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIER) in Seoul. Since 2012, the Library for Marine Samples is operated by the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST). Its emphasis is on marine sediment, organisms, rocks, minerals and fossils from seas around the world.
- The Chinese Yangtze Environmental Specimen Bank is located at the Tongji University in Shanghai. It became operational in 2014. The programme focuses primarily on long-term environmental monitoring in the Yangtze River Delta and collected representative environmental and human specimens in the Yangtze River Basin and the Yangtze River Delta.