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Strengthening Integrated Water Resource Planning and Management at River Basin Level

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Donor/Partner: Asian Development Bank (ADB)    |    Duration: 2017-2018   |    Location: Thailand

About:The 2011 severe floods affected almost 14 million people in 65 of Thailand’s […]

Enhanced Use of Disaster Risk Information for Decision Making in Southeast Asia – Myanmar Component

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Donor/Partner: Asian Development Bank (ADB)    |    Duration: 2017-2018   |    Location: Myanmar

About:The project will enable increased capacity building and knowledge sharing among selected Southeast […]

Enhanced Use of Disaster Risk Information for Decision Making in Southeast Asia – ASEAN Component

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Donor: Asian Development Bank (ADB)     |    Duration: 2017-2018   |    Location: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam […]

Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI): Community Mapping for Can Tho, Vietnam

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Donor: World Bank |    Duration: 2017   |    Location: Vietnam

About: Can Tho City plays a major role in the socio-economic development […]

Cambodia Green Urban Development Program for GGGI

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In 2013, with the support of GGGI, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) approved a National Policy and Strategic Plan for Green Growth for the period 2013-2030. This plan aims to turn Cambodia into a green economy through the more effective use of natural resources, wider promotion of environmental sustainability, creating opportunities for green jobs and the adoption of green technologies, improving access to green finance and encouraging green investment.

POSTER: Community Based River Health Monitoring Poster Series

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This poster presentation was developed as part of the Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative, and displayed at the 2016 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and […]

Income for Coastal Communities for Mangrove Protection

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Donor: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) | Duration: 2015-2016 | Location: Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam

About: Mangroves provide a wide array of benefits to coastal […]

Environmental Study of the Lancang-Mekong Development Plan (LMDP)

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Donor / Partner: Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)   |   Duration: 2016-2017  |  Location: Thailand, Lao PDR

About: Phase 1 of the Development Plan of International Navigation on […]

Second GMS Corridor Towns Development Project: Integrated Disaster Risk Management

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Many towns and cities in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) are facing increased vulnerability and exposure due to climate extremes combined with rapid and unplanned expansion of urban population and infrastructure. These towns are susceptible to flooding, drought, storms and other natural hazards, which are likely to become more frequent and more severe with climate change. This will negatively affect human settlements and economic activities in the region.

Feasibility Study and Capacity Development for Strengthening Disaster Risk Management and Rural Resilience in Cambodia

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Donor / Partner:  World Bank (WB)  |   Duration: 2016-2017  |  Location: Cambodia

About: Typhoon Ketsana, which made landfall in late September 2009, was one of the worst storms to ever hit […]

Cambodian farmers planting rice

Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) and Farmer Water Users Community (FWUC) Support

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Donor / Partner: ADB    |    Duration: 2015-2017   |    Location: Cambodia

About: Cambodia experiences flood and drought and their associated risks on an almost annual basis. Rural […]

Vietnam’s vanishing wildlife: the new threat of climate change 

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> View and download the report, Vietnam’s vanishing wildlife: the new threat of climate change 

Climate change threatens species-rich habitats in protected lands in Vietnam. Temperature […]

Bringing Nature Back

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The Mekong region faces some of the world’s most damaging weather-related disasters. Storms, floods, and drought visit the region every year. Climate change stands to intensify these impacts.

Shot […]

Strategic Mainstreaming of Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Vietnam

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Donor / Partner: GIZ    |    Duration: 2015-2016   |    Location: Viet Nam

About: Vietnam is a biodiversity hotspot. Large forests and local and migrating wildlife contribute to Vietnam’s […]

Soil Types in GMS Countries – FAO/UNESCO Classification

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ICEM developed this comprehensive map of soil types in the Greater Mekong Subregion for the Biochar Assessment and Soil Mapping Study.

Download the high-resolution version.

 

Viet Nam Urban Green Growth Action Project for GGGI

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About: 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.

Lao PDR Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessments for Rural Infrastructure

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Lao PDR is among the least developed countries in the world and, according to IPPC findings, is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Because of the region's high poverty rates and low development progress, livelihoods that are already affected by the impacts of existing climate variability become highly sensitive to climate change.

Climate Change Impact Assessment of the Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project – Final Report

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In 2014/2015, ICEM conducted a Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA) of the proposed Nam Ngiep Hydropower 1 Project (NNP1) in Lao PDR. 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.

Resource Kit for Building Resilience and Sustainability in Mekong Towns

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Natural systems are the essential foundation for Mekong town development and rehabilitation. The Resource Kit for Building Resilience and Sustainability in Mekong Towns is a seven-volume kit that promotes the maintenance and use of natural systems as a key strategy for building sustainability and resilience in urban areas. Prepared for the Asian Development Bank by ICEM as part of the award-winning TA 8186, the resource kit is built on the experience and expertise of a wide variety of professionals from the Mekong region and abroad.

POSTER: Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative

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This informational poster was developed as part of the Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative to give an overview of the project objectives, outputs, and monitoring. It was presented at the WLE Myanmar Project Launch in March 2015. > Visit the Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative project page for more information.

Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative (MK23 and MK24)

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About: The Salween River lies at the cross roads of Asia linking South and Southeast Asia with Tibetan Plateau and providing a home and well-being to more than 13 distinct ethnic groups and 10 million people. As Myanmar develops, the relationship between the river’s stakeholders and the underlying biophysical system changes. New stakeholders are emerging with new values and needs and are placing new demands and pressures on the river and the health of the system. In this context, efforts to understand the health of river ecosystems and the values which different stakeholders ascribe to the goods and services derived from the river system will help set a benchmark of how development decisions at the national, provincial and local level will impact on different user groups.

Mainstreaming Climate Resilience into Development Planning

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About: Action to tackle climate change in Cambodia is crucial. Cambodia will be a hotspot for climate change in the region. Average maximum daily temperatures in the wet season are projected to increase from between 1.7 to 5.3°C. Average dry season temperatures will also increase with a range of between 1.5 to 3.5°C. Trends in precipitation are also expected to change over the coming decades. Seasonal variability in rainfall patterns will grow, resulting in wetter wet seasons and drier dry seasons.

Biochar Assessment and Soil Mapping Study

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About: Biochar provides an innovative solution for GMS gender-responsive and climate-friendly agriculture. 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. It is added to soils to improve soil functions and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from biomass. Using biomass to produce biochar can release much less smoke that open burning by conventional practices that would otherwise naturally degrade to greenhouse gases.

Climate change impact assessment of the proposed Nam Ngiep 1 hydropower project

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About: The Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project is a hydropower generation facility planned for a location in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) within the lower Nam Ngiep Catchment approximately 145 kilometres (km) northeast of Vientiane and approximately 50 km north of Pakxan. The Nam Ngiep is a tributary to the Mekong River, joining the Mekong immediately upstream of Pakxan. Primary components of the Project are a concrete gravity dam, storage reservoir, main power station and re-regulation power station, and power regulation and transmission facilities.

DELTA (DEveloping Long Term Adaptation) Tools for the Mekong Delta

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About: The Mekong Basin with its complex monsoon climate is highly exposed to climate change. Average annual temperatures are expected to increase by 3-5°C by mid-century with average wet season precipitation increasing by 3-14% (USAID, 2013). For the floodplain areas of Cambodia and Viet Nam, increases in wet precipitation will be coupled with increased peak daily precipitation events and drier dry seasons, compounding water availability issues by making wet seasons wetter and dry seasons drier (USAID, 2013).

Resilient Cities Regional Workshop Report

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> View and download the full Regional Knowledge Sharing Workshop final report with appendices
> View and download the Regional Knowledge Sharing Workshop final report […]

MK3: Optimising Cascades or Systems of Reservoirs in Small Catchments

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Donor / Partner: CGIAR   |    Duration: 2012-2013   |    Location: Vietnam, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand

While many hydropower projects in the Mekong Basin claim to be multiple […]

REDD+ in Nepal: A Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment of Nepal’s REDD+ Strategy

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Prepared by ICEM, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and School of Environmental Science and Management (SchEM), the SESA presents a brief history of forest management in Nepal, forest types, and key environmental issues. It also outlines the reality of climate change vulnerability and impacts in Nepal, and highlights some of the important linkages, issues and potential trade-offs when considering strategic options to achieve REDD+.

REDD+ in Nepal: An Environmental and Social Management Framework

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Prepared by ICEM, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and School of Environmental Science and Management (SchEM), the ESMF provides a framework for effective management of environmental and social issues in implementing the REDD+ Strategy. It seeks to both enhance the environmental and social development benefits of REDD+ actions and projects and mitigate any adverse impacts.

Nepal Readiness for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (REDD+)

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About: Nepalese people are highly dependent on forests and forest products to fulfill energy demands and for timber for construction and maintenance of houses and buildings. The main reasons for the conversion of forest areas are encroachment for resettlement/agriculture, and acquisition of forest area for infrastructure development including road expansion.

Natural Systems and Climate Change Resilience in the Lower Mekong Basin

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> View and download the Natural Systems and Climate Change Resilience in the Lower Mekong Basin report

This report draws from the past decade of climate change and […]

Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC)

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About: The Mekong River Basin faces a grave threat from climate change. Communities and governments must work together to develop and promulgate adaptation strategies that preserve the lives and livelihoods of some 60 million people. ICEM is working with DAI and SEA START as part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) project to generate new data, new approaches and to spur adaptive change in the Mekong River Basin.

The Impact of Water Supply Infrastructure on Floods and Droughts in the Mekong Region

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Donor / Partner:    AusAID    |    Duration:  2013     |    Location: Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR

About: The Mekong River has varied hydrological regime and its hydrology has […]