Yearly Archives: 2015

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SPCR Coordination Team Meeting Brings Experts, Stakeholders Together for Climate Resilience in Cambodia

The 3rd Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) Coordination Team meeting was held in the Himawari Hotel on 14 December in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. The event was chaired by HE Dr. Sabo Ojano and supported by Dr. Ancha Srinivasan of ADB.
By |December 21st, 2015|Cambodia news, News|0 Comments

L-CRVA in Full Swing in Sekong and Saravane Provinces

The L-CRVA project in Saravane and Sekong provinces is part of a broader initiative from UNDP - The Effective Governance for small-scale rural infrastructure & disaster preparedness in changing climate. Over the week of 16 November 2015, the ICEM team launched the project's baseline activities with a national consultation in Vientiane, a provincial/district workshop in Saravane and a demonstration baseline field assessment in Saravane province.
By |December 1st, 2015|Lao PDR news, News|0 Comments

Three-day Training on Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning Held in Battambang

In November in Battambang, Cambodia, 75 experts, practitioners, and planners came together for a three-day intensive on Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning. Held as part of Cambodia’s Department of Climate Change Strategic Program for Climate Resilience, this workshop drew representatives from MOWRAM, MAFF, MPWT, MRD and other agencies like MoE, NCDRM, MEP, MoP, MoFA.

ICEM Facilitates Working Session on Preliminary Results of the Vietnam National Mekong Committee’s Impact Assessment Report

The Vietnam National Mekong Committee (VNMC) held a Special Session on the Mekong Delta Study as part of last week's WLE 2015 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy. ICEM provides technical support to the VNMC through financial support by the Australian government and acted as facilitator for the Special Session.
By |October 29th, 2015|News|0 Comments

ICEM’s Bioengineering, Healthy Rivers Feature in 2015 Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy

Among other activities, ICEM hosted two working sessions at this year's Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy. Co-hosted by the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems, the Ministry of Environment of the Royal Cambodian Government, and the International Water Management Institute, the Forum is the largest event in the Mekong Region to address the confluence of water, food and energy.
By |October 28th, 2015|ICEM team, Mekong news, News|0 Comments

ADB Highlights ICEM Work on Nam Ngiep Dam in Water and Climate Training Session

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently hosted a training session for water and urban development professionals to tackle climate change risks, climate risk management, and climate resilient solutions in the water sector.
By |October 15th, 2015|News, Uncategorized, Water news|0 Comments

ICEM Brings Projects and Expertise to 2015 International RiverSymposium

ICEM Technical Director Tarek Ketelsen and project partners Robyn Johnston of IWMI and Joern Kirstensen of MIID delivered key presentations at the 18th annual RiverSymposium in Brisbane, Australia. This year’s RiverSymposium centred on healthy rivers and
By |September 28th, 2015|ICEM team news, News|0 Comments

L-CRVA Kicks Off in Sekong and Saravane Provinces, Lao PDR

The Lao PDR Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessments for Rural Infrastructure (L-CRVA) kicked off with a series of working sessions and field missions in southern Laos. The project, which aims to build capacity in assessing the climate risk and vulnerability of water infrastructure systems in Sekong and Saravane provinces.
By |September 15th, 2015|Lao PDR news, News, Water news|0 Comments

Depth of ICEM Experience in Rivers to be Featured in 18th Annual International RiverSymposium

Tarek Ketelsen, ICEM Technical Director, will present as a keynote speaker at this year's International RiverSymposium to be held in Brisbane, Australia. Held annually, this premier event brings together river managers, policy developers, scientists, consultants, NGOs and community organisations to share knowledge and innovative ideas on all aspects of river and water management. The theme for this year's Symposium is “Healthy Rivers – Healthy Economies”.
By |August 19th, 2015|News, Water news|0 Comments

Flooding in Lao PDR highlights need for improved dam design, communication

Flooding in the Xe Ban Fay River in central Lao PDR has recently inundated several hundreds of hectares of rice fields adjacent to its banks. Heavy rains have caused the river to reach water levels of almost 19 meters. An agreement signed between the Lao PDR government and Nam Theun 2 states dictates that when water levels reach 14.40m, the dam slows its release into the river. The dam halts releases completely when that level reaches 14.90m. As such, the Nam Theun 2 has been withholding releases for several days.
By |August 7th, 2015|Lao PDR news, Mekong news, News|0 Comments

ICEM Wins UNDP’s Lao PDR-based Effective Governance for Small‐Scale Rural Infrastructure and Disaster Preparedness in a Changing Climate

ICEM Wins UNDP's Lao PDR-based Effective Governance for Small‐Scale Rural Infrastructure and Disaster Preparedness in a Changing Climate Climate change adaptation is a maturing field worldwide. In recent years the Government of Lao PDR (GoL) has invested significant efforts to build the climate resilience of it’s communities, natural and built resources, and sectors. Some of the country's key initiatives include:
By |July 31st, 2015|News|0 Comments

ICEM Wins Global Green Growth Institute’s Viet Nam Urban Green Growth Action Project

Urban areas are recognised internationally as a critical component for realising green growth. Cities concentrate environmental issues from air and water pollution, solid waste and GHG emissions, and frequently face challenges posed by poor drainage, sanitation and flood control. Moreover, providing urban services and infrastructure offers opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of provision while increasing resilience and addressing social and economic development needs.
By |July 28th, 2015|News|0 Comments

ICEM Supports the Royal Government of Cambodia as it Charts a Path Toward Climate Resilience

On 7 July 2015, the Royal Cambodian Government’s Climate Change Department (CCD), with the support of ICEM, set forth a comprehensive plan for strengthening climate change resilience in the Agriculture, Water, Urban and Transport sectors at a workshop on the ADB technical assistance (TA) project - “Mainstreaming Climate Resilience into Development Planning in Cambodia (MCRDP TA 8179-CAM) Package 1”.
By |July 15th, 2015|News|0 Comments

ICEM Launches New Resilience and Green Infrastructure Resource Kit for Mekong Towns

Led by ADB as part of Promoting Climate-Resilient Development. Prepared by ICEM - International Centre for Environmental Management. As the impacts of a changing climate begin to appear across the GMS, it becomes increasingly important that Mekong towns develop strategies to adapt and thrive. The Resource Kit for Building Resilience and Sustainability in Mekong Towns is a seven-volume kit that contains the tools to do just that.
By |June 26th, 2015|Mekong news, News|1 Comment

Cambodia Climate Resilience Kicks Off With High-Level Roundtable Discussions

Cambodia Climate Resilience Kicks Off With High-Level Roundtable Discussions In February 2015 ICEM commenced work on a major new initiative to support of the Royal Cambodian Government (RGC) to strengthen resilience to climate change. The project entitled ‘Mainstreaming climate resilience into development planning’ is a four-year program funded by ADB under the global Climate Investment Funds initiative. The project aims to ensure that the RGC has sustained institutional and technical capacity to integrate adaptation concerns into development planning and is part of the RGC and ADB’s USD$555 million Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR).

Bioengineering Project in Bac Kan, Vietnam Sees Early Success

Bioengineering Project in Bac Kan, Vietnam Sees Early Success ICEM's first bioengineered slope project in Bac Kan Province is showing early signs of success. The test site is divided into four sections, with each section testing and showcasing a different green infrastructure technique. The sections showing the most growth thus far are sections 1 and 4, Brush Layering and Vetiver Grass.

ICEM Holds Workshop on Bioengineering Riverbank Design and Construction in Bac Kan.

ICEM, ADB and MARD hold a workshop on Bioengineering: Design and Construction for Riverbanks. The workshop covered the various stages of riverbank protection: objectives, planning, site investigation, selection of options, design, and also included a site visit to the demonstration site at SP4 in Thanh Mai Commune, where construction is now complete.

ICEM Visits Fishing Villages in the Ayeyarwady Delta

ICEM Visits Fishing Villages in theAyeyarwady Delta In March of 2015, ICEM Environmental Scientist Luke Taylor and partners on the Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative toured the Ayeyarwady Delta to speak with fishing villagers and gather local knowledge and experience from those living closest to the river.
By |April 14th, 2015|Myanmar news, News|0 Comments

ICEM Participates in 2015 FOSS4GNA Geospatial Conference in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – 9 – 12 March, 2015: ICEM Participates in 2015 FOSS4GNA Geospatial Conference in San Francisco

ICEM presented at this year’s FOSS4GNA in San Francisco. FOSS4GNA is one of the largest global gatherings focused on open source geospatial software. It brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation to foster the development of and support for open source geospatial software in a variety of fields.

The presentation focused on ICEM’s map Impact of Water Supply Infrastructure on Floods and Droughts in the Mekong Region, which was built as part of the Optimising Cascades project. This interactive map highlights results of a study of 67 Mekong dams for indicators such as flood control capacity and natural flood threat of the dam’s catchment. Users are given the option to change which indicator they are viewing at any given time, thus changing the overall picture of floods and dams in the basin. Each map element contains deeper data and information.

The presentation highlighted in particular the Lower Se San Dam, which coincided well with the keynote delivered by Planet Labs, whose high-resolution satellite imagery recently captured the dam’s rapid construction.

FOSS4GNA also afforded the opportunity to develop connections with Development Seed. Development Seed’s work focuses mainly on humanitarian aid, however, its OpenDataKit collection of software, originally designed to gather spatial and on-the-ground information in refugee camps in Lebanon, will likely prove very effective in ICEM’s upcoming projects on the Salween and Irrawaddy rivers in […]

By |March 23rd, 2015|ICEM team news, News, Water news|0 Comments

Construction commences on Sub-Project 4 at the Cau River, Cho Moi District, Bac Kan, Vietnam

Construction has commenced on Sub-Project 4 at the Cau River, Cho Moi District, Bac Kan with a launching ceremony attended by CPMU, DARD, PPMU Bac Kan, Thanh Mai CPC, Cung Kieu Construction Company and ICEM. The project is part of the ICEM-implemented TA 8102-VIE: Promoting climate resilient rural infrastructure in Northern Vietnam.

Biochar Project Begins with Rapid Tour of GMS Countries

Biochar Project Begins with Rapid Tour of GMS Countries ICEM's Biochar team has kicked off the project with a tour of the region's six participating countries to perform the project's rapid fire assessment of biochar potential in the GMS.

ICEM Participates in the Workshop on Climate Risk Management in Planning and Investment Projects

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – 9-10 February 2015: ICEM Participates in the Workshop on Climate Risk Management in Planning and Investment Projects

APAN and the Asia Development Bank (ADB) co-organised the “Climate Risk Management in Planning and Investment Projects” workshop in February 2015 in Manila, the Philippines.

Aimed at building capacity amongst government officials on climate risk assessment and management, the workshop provided participants with a comprehensive two-day training on climate risk management approaches, climate data utilisation for impact and vulnerability assessment, economic and technical analysis in adaptation assessment and planning, and financial architecture on climate change adaptation initiatives in partnership with the private sector.

ICEM’s Tarek Ketelsen, Director – Technical Programs, presented on the Climate Risk & Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA): Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project. The aims of the CRVA were to integrate climate change risk management into the detailed design of roads and bridges associated with the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project, and to pilot-test a rapid climate change vulnerability and adaptation methodology for transport infrastructure projects.

View the presentation here.

 Read the CRVA final report here.

ICEM workshop on Nam Ngiep 1 climate vulnerability brings with it a number of firsts

In 2014, Nam Ngiep 1 Power Company (NNP1PC) commissioned ICEM to undertake a climate change risk and vulnerability assessment (CRVA) of their Nam Ngiep 1 hydropower facility. The NNP1 CRVA was to be the first comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts to a hydropower facility in Lao PDR and the Mekong Region, and one of the first few comprehensive studies worldwide. The overall objective of the study was to assess the climate risk of the proposed Nam Ngiep Hydropower 1 Project (NNP1) in Lao PDR, and to identify measures to increase its climate resilience.
By |February 28th, 2015|Mekong news, News, Water news|0 Comments

ICEM Brings Spatial Expertise to Mekong Delta Forum

ICEM Brings Spatial Expertise to Mekong Delta Forum The Mekong Delta Forum, co-hosted by MARD, MONRE, World Bank, Australian Aid, Kingdom of the Netherlands, was held in Ho Chi Minh City over February 2 & 3, 2015. The Forum brought together experts, dignitaries, and professionals to address the "what" and "why" of:

Initial Field Mission Establishes Groundwork, Implements Hydraulic Monitoring Program in Khone Falls Channels

ICEM hydrologists have been undertaking field monitoring and training with researchers from WorldFish, the National University of Lao (NUoL), and Ubon Ratchathani Universtiy (UBU). The project Informing Fish Passage in the Mekong River aims to assess the swimming capabilities of migratory fish species in the Khone Falls, Chapasak in Southern Laos.