Youth and climate change conference: “the challenge is today, which solutions for tomorrow?”

November 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Hanoi, Vietnam – 3rd November, 2018

Vietnam is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate […]

Inception mission to Mongolia for innovative water governance project

October 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – October, 2018

Increased industrial activity and urban expansion has been putting serious pressure […]

Free training course on disaster risk management for urban planning practitioners in ASEAN region now available online

October 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Ensuring safe and resilient urban growth is a priority of the ASEAN member counties. The […]

Team travels to Nepal to start assessment of geohazard risk

September 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Kathmandu, Nepal – July, 2018

The Government of Nepal has prioritized addressing the impacts of climate […]

Mission to Indonesia takes project team step closer to understanding climate change risk to critical infrastructure in region

September 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Jakarta, Indonesia – July, 2018

To meet crucial development, inclusion and environmental goals in low-income countries […]

Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative project reports and publications available

August 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Yangon, Myanmar –  August 31, 2018: Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative project reports and publications available […]

Strengthening climate resilience in Bac Kan city

August 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Bac Kan, Vietnam –  July, 2018: Strengthening climate resilience in Bac Kan city

Located in the […]

ICEM’s project portfolio in South Asia expands

June 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Building on an already extensive track record of experience in South Asia, the ICEM project portfolio in the region has recently expanded with two more projects, building on experience in Nepal and now also including Bhutan. ICEM also added one more project to its current portfolio of projects in Myanmar.

Myanmar hydropower SEA Final Report draft available for review and comment

May 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Yangon, Myanmar –  May 22, 2018: Myanmar Hydropower SEA Final Draft Report available for review […]

Framework to assess river health in Myanmar presented

April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar –  March 9, 2018: Framework to assess river health in Myanmar presented […]

Climate resilience projects in Cambodia prioritized for action

April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

New initiatives to build resilience to climate change in Cambodia are edging closer to implementation following a national workshop in Phnom Penh this March. The workshop served to review the results of six feasibility studies for projects focusing on climate resilience in Cambodia, and to identify projects most likely to receive financing from climate funds.

Green growth highlighted as sustainable development pathway at high-level ministerial meeting

April 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Chiang Mai, Thailand –  January 30 – February 1, 2018: Fifth GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting […]

Notice of public consultation for draft ESIA/ESMP of Sub-Project 1 of the AIRBMP

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

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

Major study on hydrogeology of Myanmar’s Dry Zone published

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Approximately 15.4 million people, just under 30 % of the population of Myanmar, live in Myanmar’s Dry Zone. Most villages, towns and cities rely on groundwater for potable water supplies, and away from the Ayeyarwady River and tributaries, the Dry Zone is extremely short of water. Villagers without tubewells travel great distances to collect small quantities of water from shallow dugwells and polluted earth ponds.

New model for data management and urban planning introduced to government agencies

September 11th, 2017|0 Comments

An exciting new era for data management and urban planning practices in Can Tho has just begun, moving the city closer to its goal of becoming a Smart City.

Baseline information on Ayeyarwady River gathered from local communities

August 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The Ayeyarwady is one of the most important of Myanmar’s rivers for economic development, yet relatively little is still known about this key waterway. Team members of component three of the Myanmar Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) project, recently turned to local community members to fill some of the gaps in information necessary to inform the future development of the river.

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.