Series of publications on the promotion of bioengineering in Vietnam now available

August 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Hanoi, Vietnam –  August 7, 2017: Series of publications on the promotion of bioengineering in […]

Public invited to discuss planned Ayeyarwady River improvements

July 26th, 2017|0 Comments

The Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR) is considering a combination […]

Further steps taken to establish country-wide river basin modelling tool for Thailand

July 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Thailand has long recognised that river basin modelling provides important evidence to inform basin planning and integrated water resources management (IWRM). Flood management is closely linked with the broader issues of river basin planning and IWRM, and the need to strengthen it has become urgent after the severe floods of 2011, which affected almost 14 million people across 65 of Thailand’s 77 provinces.

New data collected for Ayeyarwady River

June 19th, 2017|0 Comments

New data on key infrastructure, social indicators and environmental issues are being gathered and updated for the Ayeyarwady River between Mandalay and Nyaung Oo. The data will contribute to an environmentally and socially acceptable strategy for managing the future development of inland water transport (IWT) in Myanmar.

Myanmar hydropower SEA draft Baseline Assessment Report now available for public comment

June 8th, 2017|2 Comments

Yangon, Myanmar –  June 8, 2017: Myanmar hydropower SEA draft Baseline Assessment Report now available […]

Socio-economic and environmental trends in 3S river basins discussed at regional meeting

June 5th, 2017|0 Comments

What have we learned so far? What are the gaps to be highlighted? And what are the inter-relationships of the issues concerned? These are the questions that were answered during the recent dialogue between government and NGO representatives of the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) countries and technical experts from regional organisations.

Project to demonstrate effective bioengineering application in northern Vietnam draws to a close

May 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Hanoi, Vietnam – May 25, 2017: Project to demonstrate effective bioengineering application in northern Vietnam draws […]

  • 3S basins nexus assessment workshop

Trade-offs in 3S river basins deliberated

March 10th, 2017|0 Comments

The Sekong, Sesan and Sre Pok basins are richly endowed with natural resources and support the livelihoods of an estimated 3.5 million people living in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam.  In early-March, potential trade-offs among development decisions in the 3S basins, and their social, economic and environmental risks were the topic of a dialogue involving government representatives of the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) countries and technical experts from regional organisations.

ICEM Director General published in handbook of significant scholarly debates

February 13th, 2017|0 Comments

ICEM Director General, Dr Jeremy Carew-Reid contributed a chapter on strategic environmental assessment of mainstream hydropower development in the Mekong to the recently published Routledge Handbook of the Environment in Southeast Asia.

Valuable lessons captured in climate resilience films

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Vietnam’s northern mountainous provinces are particularly vulnerable to intense storms which may become more frequent and intense due to the impact of climate change. The area is already prone to landslides and floods, but these could become more severe, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods and leaving the provinces with irreplaceable losses. To help the Vietnamese government and communities to protect rural infrastructure from the impacts of climate change, the GEF-funded project Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam was implemented in 2012.

ADB releases publication on green infrastructure

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Rapid and unplanned urbanization leave cities and towns across the world vulnerable to environmental challenges, including the impact of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts and slow onset changes such as sea level rise. This impact is likely to become more severe due to climate change, threatening infrastructure and sustainability. Nature-based solutions, or green infrastructure, can play a significant role in building urban resilience to these challenges through the rehabilitation and expansion of natural ecosystems within built areas. It provides a foundation strategy to sustainable urban development.

Urban planners introduced to disaster risk screening tools

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

With natural hazards such as flooding, drought and storms set to increase, and urban populations and infrastructure to expand rapidly, urban planners must be able to assess disaster risk and threats associated with climate change in a holistic and integrated manner.

New GIS Climate Change Toolkit introduced

January 4th, 2017|0 Comments

A toolkit that will enable Cambodian government staff to see what climatic changes are on the cards in areas where they are planning developments, is being created by ICEM. The toolkit will, among others, allow for projected climate change parameters to be incorporated in project design and management across all arms of government.ICEM introduced the GIS Climate Change Toolkit, which is still in development, this December at a one-day training workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, attended by various government agencies and NGOs.

Training for communities to monitor river health completed

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

How can community based river health monitoring be established to complement official or conventional monitoring? This is one of the central questions of the Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative (MHRI), and a big step towards answering it has recently been made.

Download reports: New low-cost mechanism for investing in mangrove protection and restoration

December 6th, 2016|1 Comment

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) and FAO have designed a new low-cost mechanism that enables investors to promote mangrove conservation and restoration through provision of funding to local communities.

3S River Basins Study set to begin

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

The Sekong, Sesan and Sre Pok are transboundary tributaries of the Mekong River. The 3S basins, as they are collectively known, are richly endowed with natural resources and make an important contribution to national and regional development while supporting the livelihoods of 3.5 million people living in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. However, there is a critical need to understand and respond to the risks inherent in the current "growth at all costs" paradigm.

Call for submissions – community-based climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction practices in Cambodia

October 14th, 2016|0 Comments

The Department of Climate Change (DCC) of the General Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development […]

Workshop delivers crucial lessons on bioengineering

October 12th, 2016|0 Comments

What have we learned about bioengineering and its potential to increase infrastructure resilience to the impacts of climate change? From the 4th to the 6th of October, ICEM - International Centre for Environmental Management, together with Asian Development Bank (ADB), Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), hosted a workshop to review the results of four bioengineering demonstration sites, summarize the lessons learned, and discuss the way forward.

Seven towns set to integrate disaster risk management in planning

September 29th, 2016|1 Comment

In order to gather necessary information to build a broad understanding of urban development challenges, in particular natural hazards and climate-related threats, ICEM technical specialists recently carried out a series of roundtable meetings and site visits in seven towns across three countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

ICEM Expert GIS and Modelling Capacity Expands

September 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Building on its track record of Geographic Information System (GIS) and spatial analysis expertise, ICEM has recently expanded its team of technical experts in this field. This has increased the organisation’s capacity for specialist projects—allowing them to develop a new modelling package, while also keeping focus on ICEM’s expanding suite of ongoing projects.

Green engineering methods introduced to a new generation of engineers

September 8th, 2016|0 Comments

A new generation of Vietnamese engineers are being introduced to the concept of green infrastructure and bioengineering that can be used to reduce the vulnerability of infrastructure to climate change. This September, ICEM team led a group of professors and students from University of Transport and Communications (UTC) on a field visit to a bioengineering demonstration site in Thai Nguyen.

Creating a Vision for Healthy Rivers in Myanmar

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

"I have seen many changes in the river since I was young," said Pham Maw, a resident of Sein Pan Kone in Northern Myanmar. Pham Maw was one of the stakeholders who recently participated in workshops where views on the state of two of Myanmar's key rivers, and how they should be managed, were shared.

ICEM Hosted Bioengineering Workshop: Design & Construction (Roads)

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

On the 13th and 14th of June, 2016, together with ADB and MARD, ICEM hosted the Bioengineering Workshop: Design & Construction (Roads) in Thai Nguyen. The workshop is the latest development of the ADB project Promoting Climate Resilience in Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam.

Climate Resilience Team Conducts Scoping Missions in Koh Kong, Mondulkiri Provinces, Cambodia

May 17th, 2016|0 Comments

ICEM's Cambodia-based climate resilience team has wrapped up two scoping missions as part of its project, Mainstreaming Climate Resilience into Development Planning.
  • Ubol Ratana Dam

PACT and ICEM to Host Panel Discussion on SEA in the Mekong Energy Sector

May 12th, 2016|0 Comments

On Thursday 26 May, ICEM will join PACT Thailand to facilitate a panel discussion on the role of Strategic Environmental Assessments on the energy sector in the Lower Mekong Region.

Could La Niña Swamp the Mekong Delta?

May 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Could La Niña Swamp the Mekong Delta?

The wet season's first few rains have started to fall over the parched Mekong Delta. Though it will take more than a few drops to ease the impacts of the recent drought, the rains still come as a relief. This year's strong El Niño phenomenon has wreaked havoc on the Delta and regions in Central Vietnam. Drought has caused farms to dry up and crops to wither.

ICEM Launches Interactive GMS Biochar and Soil Mapping Tool

April 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

In 2015, ICEM conducted a thorough survey for the ADB of soil types, land use, and slope across the GMS to identify regions of high suitability for biochar production. Biochar is the carbon rich product produced when biomass such as such as wood, manure or leaves, is heated with little or no available oxygen.

Participatory Mapping in Myanmar

March 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Together with International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID), and Ecosystem Conservation and Community Development Initiative (ECCDI), ICEM is engaging in community level river health assessments to tease out important information for the Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative. The Initiative is part of a larger suite of projects being supported by WLE Mekong.
  • Mr Phouvong Luangxaysana, Director-General of DDMCC; Dr Margaret Jones-Williams, UNPD Environment Theme Leader
  • Mr. Phaknakhone Rattana, L-CRVA Infrastructure Specialist

L-CRVA Wraps Up With Final Workshop on Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation

March 1st, 2016|0 Comments

A landlocked nation of eight million people, the People’s Democratic Republic of Lao (Lao PDR) is a country with a wealth of water and natural resources. However, despite recent growth over the past two decades, Lao PDR remains amongst the poorest nations in the world – especially in the nation’s majority rural communities where development has been slow and poverty remains entrenched.

International Conference on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia to Feature ICEM Expertise

February 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Hosted by the International Journal Hydropower and Dams and the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Lao PDR, the Sixth International Conference on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia will take place March 1 – 3 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Conference brings together hydropower experts from within Asia and across the globe.

Bringing Nature Back Documentary Now Featured on Mekong Citizen

February 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Mekong Citizen is a multimedia platform that brings together the voices and stories of citizens of the Greater Mekong. Among its stories, the site features Dialogues with the Rivers, a photo and story compilation of experiences of those living along the banks of Vietnam's many rivers...

ICEM Releases Cutting Edge Documentary on Green Infrastructure in the Mekong

January 12th, 2016|0 Comments

How do we bring nature back? ICEM answers that in its documentary on green infrastructure and bioengineering in the Mekong region. Bringing Nature Back outlines some of the worst climate impacts to be faced by the Mekong over the coming decades and how nature-based solutions can be employed to mitigate them.

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

December 21st, 2015|0 Comments

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.

L-CRVA in Full Swing in Sekong and Saravane Provinces

December 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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.

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

November 25th, 2015|0 Comments

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

October 29th, 2015|0 Comments

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.

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

October 28th, 2015|0 Comments

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.

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

October 15th, 2015|0 Comments

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.

ICEM Brings Projects and Expertise to 2015 International RiverSymposium

September 28th, 2015|0 Comments

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

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

September 15th, 2015|0 Comments

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.

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

August 19th, 2015|0 Comments

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”.

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

August 7th, 2015|0 Comments

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.

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

July 31st, 2015|0 Comments

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:

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

July 28th, 2015|0 Comments

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.

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

July 15th, 2015|0 Comments

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”.

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

June 26th, 2015|1 Comment

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.

Cambodia Climate Resilience Kicks Off With High-Level Roundtable Discussions

June 24th, 2015|0 Comments

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

June 15th, 2015|1 Comment

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.

May 5th, 2015|1 Comment

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

April 14th, 2015|0 Comments

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.