Photographs

ICEM maintains a large collection of photographs documenting our projects throughout the region.
View some of our recent photographs here in these galleries.

> You can also view our photographs on ICEM Flickr

ICEM - The Mekong River from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang
The Mekong River – Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang

The Mekong River is one of the world’s great river systems, flowing 4,909 km through six countries: China, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Viet Nam. The river basin’s biodiversity is immense, and fundamental to the viability of natural resource-based rural livelihoods of a population of 60 million people living in the Lower Mekong Basin.

The river is also an important resource for economic development. Phase 1 of the Development Plan of International Navigation on the Lancang-Mekong River (LMDP) aims to improve navigation in the Mekong mainstream from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang. Projects include the development of three cargo ports at Xiengkok, Pak Beng and Luang Prabang in Laos; the improvement and maintenance of rapids and shoals; and the construction of four emergency response and rescue ships and aids to navigation.

The environmental study aims to engage riparian communities, MRC member countries and local government in an exploration of the potential environmental impacts of the LMDP, and to support Mekong countries in ensuring that these are managed through appropriate enhancement and mitigation measures.

This photo album showcases selected features of the Mekong River from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang.

> Visit the Environmental Study of the LMDP project page

ICEM - Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative
Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative (MHRI)

Understanding river health requires monitoring of spatio-temporal trends in the ecological condition of the river and its capacity to continue to provide the users with the goods and services they value. The MHRI tailored a River Health Framework suitable for Myanmar, where conventional river monitoring is rarely available and government and community stakeholders need to draw on alternatives.

The project explored new opportunities for monitoring river health from space (remote sensing, global data sets) and from the riverbank (community-led citizen science techniques).

A key question driving the MHRI project was how community based river health monitoring could be used to complement official/conventional monitoring. To help answer this question, the MHRI team assessed river uses, ecosystem services and trends in six communities, three on the Ayeyarwady River, and three on the Thanlwin River.

This album documents some of the fieldwork conducted for the project.

> Visit the MHRI project page

MK3: Optimising Cascades or Systems of Reservoirs in Small Catchments
MK3: Optimizing the management of a cascade of reservoirs at the catchment level

MK3 aimed at identifying the potential for multiple use of water in cascades of hydropower reservoirs, and at making suggestions for coordinated and equitable management of these uses. The three-year research program, conducted between 2010 and 2013, took place in two river basins -the Nam Theun/Nam Kading and Lao PDR and the Sesan River in Vietnam and Cambodia.

> Visit the Optimizing the management of a cascade of reservoirs at the catchment level project page

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Bioengineering in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam
Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam – field trip to Thai Nguyen

The photographs in this slideshow were taken as part of ICEM team’s field trip to Thai Nguyen, Vietnam in July 2016 for the ADB project Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam. The photographs focus on the bioengineering techniques used to protect and stabilise roadside slopes at the demonstration site in Thai Nguyen. The plants are growing well, creating a beautiful picture while increasing resilience to core infrastructure.

> Read the most recent report on ICEM’s Bioengineering Workshop: Designs and Construction (Roads)

> Read more about the project Promoting climate resilient rural infrastructure in Northern Vietnam

 

Nam Ngiep 1 Field Mission
Nam Ngiep 1 Site Inspection

In October 2014, the ICEM project team together with representatives from the Nam Ngiep company assessed the build site.

The overall objective of the study was to assess the climate risk of the proposed Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project (NNP1) in Lao PDR, and to identify measures to increase its climate resilience.

> Read the full report on ICEM’s Nam Ngiep 1 assessment

DELTA Tools Mekong Field Trip
Mekong Delta Decision Support Framework Field Trip

In September 2014, the DELTA DSF project team took a four-day, 1100 km trip through the Mekong Delta to learn about how water infrastructure, farming decisions, and seasonal flooding affect the Delta’s inhabitants.

It is becoming increasingly important to understand how and where climate impacts will be felt. How will changes to flooding and salinity impact today’s infrastructure decisions? Can we incorporate climate modelling into agricultural decisions? The field trip gave project team members a chance to see where these changes will play out and to speak to the people who live, work, and make decisions in the Delta.

> Read more about the Mekong Delta Decision Support Framework

ICEM - Water infrastructure - field trips 2013: Impact of water supply infrastructure on floods and droughts - Mekong region - field tripsfield trips

2013 Fieldtrips for the AusAID / CIGIAR funded project – The Impact of Water Supply Infrastructure on Floods and Droughts in the Mekong Region and the Implications for Food Production under the Mekong Challenge Program on Water and Food (MK12)

These photographs show water supply infrastructure near the villages of Srepok, Ea Mar and Drek B. They also show the community consultations with local communnities. Mekong River hydrology has been altered by the expansion of Water Supply Infrastructure (WSI) for 20 years. However, having been designed and managed for regular climate, the performance of these WSI in managing extremes in hydro-climate is not well understood. Through research, modelling, surveys, community consultations, site visits and case studies, this project is set to improve the understanding of the impact of WSI on managing floods and droughts and the downstream consequences for agricultural productivity and food security. The expected outcome of the project is that the impact of WSI on flood and drought and the linked implications for food security in the Mekong region are better understood.

> Read more about MK12

ICEM - Sustainability of power devt - field trips 2012-2013: Ensuring Sustainability of the Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Power Development

Ensuring Sustainability of the Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Power Development – fieldtrips 2012-2013

These photographs were taken during fieldtrips for the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the GMS Power Development Master Plan – a project managed by ICEM funded by the Asian Development Bank, running from 2012 -2013 in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), specifically Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam. The photographs show hydropower plants and reservoirs in the region, as well as National Stakeholder Consultation Workshops, solar plants in Thailand, other power generating faciities and surrounding local communities. The project assesses the environmental, social and economic impacts of the GMS Master Plan and identifies measures to avoid and mitigate negative impacts and enhance positive impacts. The SEA involves missions to each of the six GMS countries, to assess alternative GMS energy futures and their effects, and to identify ways to avoid and mitigate negative impacts and enhance benefits.

> Read more about SEA of the GMS

ICEM - Field trip, July 2012: Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management into Development in Nepal

Nepal fieldtrip for Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management into Development in Nepal – July 2013

These photographs were taken in Nepal by the ICEM team working on the ADB project Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management into Development in Nepal. ICEM is working with seven national government agencies responsible for infrastructure development throughout the country, such as irrigation, roads and bridges, flood and river management and water supply and sanitation. Natural disasters such as major floods, landslides, river bank collapse and flash flooding regularly damage and destroy critical infrastructure and cause loss of life and property. Those challenges are projected to become more severe with climate change. Several of these photograhs demonstrate the vulnerable aspects of infrastructure and water supply for local communities in the eight project districts. They also illustrate some program workshops and team activities.

> Read more about Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management into Development in Nepal

ICEM - Bioengineering Field Trip - January 2013

Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam – bioengineering research fieldtrip 2013

The photographs in this slideshow were taken as part of research studies in Northern Vietnam for the ADB project Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam. The photographs focus on rural irrigation, slope stability for roads, river-bank protection, and flood protection works. They demonstrate some critical aspects of vulnerable infrastructure at the project sites.

The objective of the project in Northern Vietnam is to demonstrate effective bio-engineered solutions which, where possible, provide ‘win-win’ outcomes for resilience of rural infrastructure to climate risk and opportunities for community livelihood enhancement. The project will raise awareness of climate risks and vulnerabilities in local communities and empower them with the capability to manage risk through practical, cost effective solutions which can be implemented with local resources.

> Read more about Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam