Yearly Archives: 2014

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ICEM holds National Workshop on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Thailand

On December 13th and 14th 2014, ICEM, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Thai Government’s National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) hosted a National Workshop on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Thailand at the Woraburi Ayothaya Convention Resort in Ayutthaya.
By |December 30th, 2014|News, Thailand News, Water news|0 Comments

ICEM wins USAID and UN Urban Resilience Competition

ICEM has been awarded an Asia wide Urban Resilience prize for its work on “Green Infrastructure as a Foundation for Resilience in Mekong Towns.” In October, the U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID's Regional Development Mission for Asia, UN Habitat and UNDP hosted the Asia Urban Futures Workshop, a two-day international meeting to address climate-related issues and opportunities facing rapidly urbanising Asian cities. The meeting brought science and technology together with the development community to discuss these rising challenges and share solutions.

Workshop Examines Climate Change and Development Implications for Protected Areas and Species in the Mekong Region

BANGKOK, THAILAND – 8 – 10 October, 2014: Workshop Examines Climate Change and Development Implications for Protected Areas and Species in the Mekong Region

Written by Robert Mather, Head, Southeast Asia Group, IUCN Asia

Over 60 participants from the 6 countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)  came together in a workshop that examined ‘Mekong Protected Areas and Climate Change – Implications for Livelihoods and Development” The workshop was held from 8-10 October 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand, and was organized by the International Centre for Environmental Management (ICEM) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) GMS Environment Operations Center (GMS-EOC). Environmental policy makers, international and national conservation organizations and protected area managers attended the event.

In kicking off the event,  ICEM’s Jeremy Carew-Reid said that “We are members of the protected area family, a family with a Mission. We are starting on a journey and the destination of that journey  is to put protected areas and biodiversity back where they belong – centre stage in the discussions on sustainable development”

Protected areas in the Mekong Region are still largely set within landscapes and seascapes of small-scale fishers and farmers although over the last 20 years the GMS Region has developed rapidly, regional integration of transport infrastructure and markets has progressed significantly, and large-scale commercial agriculture and industrial-scale plantations have grown in importance. With the imminent arrival of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 this transformation of the region is set to continue.

“Now more than ever, protected areas are vitally important, not just for biodiversity conservation, but for the water food and energy security underpinning all of this economic activity” said Robert Mather, Head of IUCN Southeast Asia group, adding that “ The […]

DELTA Tools Team visits Mekong Delta

DELTA Tools Project Team visits Mekong Delta The DELTA Tools project aims to bring climate modeling, hydropower development projections, and land use change together with data on infrastructure investments to facilitate high quality decision making in the Mekong Delta.

ICEM releases Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment of Nepal’s REDD+ Strategy

ICEM releases Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment of Nepal’s REDD+ Strategy and companion Environmental and Social Management Framework The deforestation and degradation of forest accounts for a significant amount of carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere. Research carried out by the IPCC has revealed that almost 20% of carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere comes from global forest degradation and deforestation.
By |September 6th, 2014|Nepal news, News|0 Comments

ICEM launches Mekong natural systems and climate change review

In this report, ICEM has drawn from the past decade of climate change and natural systems work in the Mekong region to summarise findings and lessons for small holder farms and landscape management. Mekong farms and their surrounding areas are integrated systems in which all the habitats, species and their genetics interact with each other and the physical environment, and contribute to farm productivity.
By |August 19th, 2014|Mekong news, News|0 Comments
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Gathering of Local Climate Experts in Kaysone Phomvihane an International First

Gathering of Local Climate Experts in Kaysone Phomvihane an International First Local experts from Kaysone, Laos, Battambang, Cambodia, and Dong Ha, Vietnam came together 25 – 27 July 2014 to share results and combine their learning after conducting climate change impact and vulnerability assessments in their towns. The Regional Knowledge Sharing Workshop took place as part of the Climate Resilience in Cities project, ADB TA 8186.

National Workshop on Strengthening Integrated Water and Flood Management Implementation in Thailand

BANGKOK, THAILAND – 2-3 July 2014: ICEM and ADB host the National Workshop on Strengthening Integrated Water and Flood Management Implementation in Thailand

On July 2nd and 3rd 2014, ICEM and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted the National Workshop on Strengthening Integrated Water and Flood Management Implementation (IWRM) in Thailand at the Eastin Grand Sathorn Hotel in Bangkok. The workshop was held to promote awareness and consensus on the issues, tools and processes for improving water resource management in Thailand’s river basins, in particular flood and drought prevention and mitigation and water pollution control.

Over the two days, representatives and key personnel from major water management agencies at the national and provincial level, as well as international organisations and the private sector collaboratively discussed and worked through the opportunities and obstacles to IWRM in Thailand.

The workshop saw dynamic presentations and panel discussions about the future of water resource planning in Thailand. Key presentations included:

  • The Application of Satellite Monitoring Tools in Water Resource Management
    Anond Snidvongs – Director General of the Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA)
  • Economic Planning at River Basin Level to Achieve Sustainable Resource Use
    Ladawan Kumpa – Deputy Secretary General of the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB)
  • Using Managed Aquifer Recharge
    Sittisak Manyou – Senior Geologist of the Department of Groundwater Resources on Mitigation of Floods, Drought and Groundwater Level Declination in Sukhothai, Phitsanulok and Phichit Provinces
  • How to maintain sustainability in water resources and natural systems while achieving flood and drought protection
    Songtam Suksawang – Director of the Research Division, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP)

A full report on the proceedings will be published in […]

By |July 15th, 2014|News, Thailand News, Water news|0 Comments

To reduce flood threats, Nepal builds climate risk into planning

ICEM's Mainstreaming Climate Risk Management in Development project has been featured in a recent article by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Published as part of the Foundation's Human Impact series, the article outlines actions of the ADB-funded project and Nepal's government to coordinate efforts across ministries to build climate resilience into infrastructure planning.

Climate change at the top of the world

ICEM consultants on the ADB Mainstreaming climate change risk management in development project recently undertook a field trip to the remote Mustang district, Nepal. During the field trip the team collected information on development sector infrastructure for undertaking climate change vulnerability assessments for the district.

Flood control in the Mekong: ICEM develops tool to identify hydropower dams in need of improved management and design

ICEM recently released the first technical brief from our ongoing study into the impact of water supply infrastructure on floods and drought in the Mekong region (MK12): Reservoir Flood Control Index: Assessing the Flood Risk and Capacity for Control in Mekong Hydro-Electric Reservoirs. The brief outlines a basin-wide tool called the Reservoir Flood Control Index that will allow developers, government and communities to understand the relative risk associated with existing and planned large hydro-electric projects in the Mekong basin.

There are currently upwards of 140 medium and large-scale hydropower projects existing and under consideration across the Lower Mekong Basin. Typically, national and regional planners have had trouble identifying the projects that have the greatest associated flood risk, and developing appropriate measures to incorporate flood control. ICEM’s Reservoir Flood Control Index (the Index) tool will identify these projects and provide an indication of basin-wide priorities for integrating flood control into reservoir design and operations.

The Index uses multi-criteria analysis to assess catchment hydrological characteristics (or the potential for flooding) against the physical and technical capacity of hydropower dams to store and release floodwater, as well as the possible extent of impact on downstream inhabitants and land-use. By using a two-step process, the Index integrates these diverse characteristics to rank flood threat, flood control and downstream damage for hydropower across the basin in a clear and transparent risk table. Planners can then consult the table to understand whether the reservoir will fall into one of the three main categories:

  • Priority reservoirs which require improvement of management to incorporate flood control;
  • Priority reservoirs which require improvement of reservoir design to incorporate flood control; and
  • Reservoirs that are located in areas with low flood threat […]
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GMS Corridor towns enthusiastic about adapting to climate change

Government officials in towns along the Greater Mekong Sub-region East-West Economic Corridor have enthusiastically taken up the challenge of boosting their capacity to deal with climate change and formulate innovative adaptation solutions. Over the past few months, ICEM has been working with the towns of Kaysone Phomvihane (Lao PDR) and Dong Ha (Vietnam), to strengthen their capacity to manage climate change.

ICEM study identifies climate change vulnerability in Viet Nam’s transport network

A recent ICEM study has shown that climate change influenced landslides and flooding poses a serious threat to major National transport arteries in Viet Nam, such as the north-south National Road 14 and Ha Noi to HCMC Railway Line.

Viet Nam has invested heavily in transport infrastructure over the past decade. This has led to significant improvements to the road network in particular, with a five-fold increase in paved surface over the past seven years and a 30,000km increase in total length. However, the potential threat from climate change to the network was until now, not well understood.

This study is part of a two year (2012 to 2014) Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded technical assistance project to support the Government’s National Target Programme to respond to climate change (NTP-RCC), with one of the main aims being to develop a better understanding of the potential impact from climate change to the transport sector. The work has included a rigorous consultative process with ministerial and provincial transport stakeholders, field visits to major assets, detailed modelling to determine current and 2050 climate conditions, and GIS spatial analysis.

The study found that of the various climate threats that could impact transport assets, landslides have the most potential to cause catastrophic damage, followed by floods.

Results also showed that National Road 14 (known as HCM Highway), which is a critical artery from Ha Noi to HCMC, is the transport asset that will experience the greatest exposure to landslides in Viet Nam in future climate. Compared to current climate conditions, the length at the highest risk will increase by 50% to 200km by 2050. In addition, approximately 120km of this road that was previously only at moderately exposed will, due to climate change, […]