Environmental policy and planning

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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.

Measuring, Understanding and Adapting to Nexus trade-offs in the 3S River Basins

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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. However, there is a critical need to understand and respond to the risks inherent in the current "growth at all costs" paradigm. The purpose of the study is to improve the quality of planning and investment in the 3S region.

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 […]

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 […]

Preliminary Evaluation of the Ecological Attributes of the Fish Fauna of the Vu Gia – Thu Bon River System

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Rapid economic development has seen Vietnam’s energy demand grow at a rate of 13-15% per annum over the last decade, leading to chronic and severe power shortages, and plans for extensive hydropower development. The Vu Gia – Thu Bon River Basin in central Vietnam will be one of the first areas to see increased hydropower development with 8 major and at least 34 minor hydro installations planned for completion over the next 10 years.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

POSTER: Building Resilience and Sustainability in the Mekong Poster Series

These information posters were developed as part of the Bioengineering and Green Infrastructure Session delivered at the 2015 Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy […]

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.

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.

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.

Using Strategic Environmental Assessment to Inform the Forestry Master Plan 2010 – 2020 of Vietnam

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ICEM conducted this strategic environmental assessment (SEA) with the MARD Directorate of Forestry and the World Bank within the framework of negotiations on a Public Investment Reform Development Policy Loan between the World Bank and the Government of Vietnam. The SEA offers a rapid assessment of three Provincial Forest Protection and Development Plans (FPDPs) and provides guidance for the development of the National Forestry Master Plan 2010–2020 and wider decision making in the forestry sector in Vietnam.

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.

PAD2 — Protected Areas, Development, and Climate Change in the GMS

Duration: 2014-2017   |    Location: GMS — Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, China

About: The Greater Mekong Subregion is a global biodiversity hotspot. It is home to one […]

Review of CARE’s Community Based Mangrove Reforestation and Management Project

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> View and download the Review of CARE’s Community Based Mangrove Reforestation and Management Project

Throughout Vietnam and the wider region, mangrove forests have been removed […]

Strengthening Environmental Management and Land Administration

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Donor / Partner:   MONRE    /    SIDA    |     Duration: 2005-2010     |     Location: Vietnam

About:  ICEM was one of three international organizations in a consortium providing the technical backing […]

Survey of the Pollution in the Dong Nai River Basin and Danang

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Donor / Partner: JICA    |    Duration: 2010   |    Location: Vietnam

About: ICEM conducted a background study to inform the design of a USD 50 million water pollution control fund sponsored […]

Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development in Nepal

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About: The Government of Nepals (GoN’s) National Adaptation Programme of Action for Climate Change (NAPA) outlines 43 adaptation measures grouped into nine priority areas or ‘profiles’. Stemming from the NAPA, a Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) has been developed focusing on long-term interventions aimed at enhancing climate resilience in Nepal. Mainstreaming climate change risk management in development is a technical assessment component of the SPCR. The expected outcome is that the GoN’s infrastructure development programs, policies and projects incorporate safeguards to address the effects of climate change.

Capacity Development Manual for the UNECE Protocol on SEA

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Donor / Partner: UNECE    |    Duration: 2003-2005   |    Location: 36 Signatory Countries to the UNECE SEA Protocol

About: ICEM developed a manual for the  capacity development programs concerning the practical […]

Review Status of SEA in the Greater Mekong Subregion

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Donor / Partner: Asian Development Bank (ADB) / GMS Environment Operations Center | Duration: 2006 | Location: Mekong region – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, […]

SEA of the Hydropower Master Plan in the context of the Power Development Plan VI

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Donor / Partner: Asian Development Bank (ADB) / GMS Environment Operations Center | Duration: 2006 | Location: Vietnam

About: The study Strategic Environmental Assessment […]

Strategic Environmental Assessment of the GMS North/South Economic Corridor

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Donor / Partner: Asian Development Bank (ADB)   |    Duration: 2008-2009   |    Location: Lao PDR   
About: The Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) is rich in natural resources and experiencing rapid […]

SEA of the Vu Gia – Thu Bon River Basin Hydropower Plan

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Donor / Partner: Asian Development Bank (ADB) / MOI / EVN / MONRE    |    Duration: 2006-2007     |    Location: Vietnam
About: The overall goal of the MDCC Forum was to build […]

Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Ministry of Environment in Indonesia

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Donor / Partner: DANIDA    |    Duration: 2010     |    Location: Indonesia

About: This project was part of the Danish Indonesia Environmental Sector Programme. The purpose of the support was to assist the […]

Chu Yang Sin National Park Assessment

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Donor / Partner: World Bank (WB) / Bird Life International (source of financing: World Bank GEF)     |    Duration: 2010     |    Location: Vietnam

About:The assessment of road and trail in the Chu Long […]

Financial Sustainability for National Systems of Protected Areas – Vietnam

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Donor / Partner:  UNDP, GRF, UK Environment and Development Group (EDG) – In Thailand: MONRE, UNDP, WWF  / In Vietnam : UNDP, MARD   |    […]

Action Plan for Improving Forest Management and Conservation in the South-East Agro-Ecological Region of Vietnam

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Donor / Partner: Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF)/ Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Vietnam    |    Duration: 2003-2004   |    Location: Vietnam

About: ICEM provided the […]

Protected Areas Policy Reform Project in Vietnam

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Donors: IUCN – World Conservation Union / Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) / MONRE / Ministry of Fisheries / United Nations Development Program    |    […]

Economic Instruments in Indonesia

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About: The Danish government has supported environmental reform in Indonesia through an Environmental Support Programme since 2005. The second phase of cooperation ran from 2008 to 2012 and included a component on improving institutional capacity of public sector institutions, requiring the input of ICEM expertise.

Wetlands Climate Change Threat and Vulnerability Assessment

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Donor / Partner: Mekong River Commission | Duration: 2010-2012 | Location: Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam

 About:  The purpose of the project is to undertake a climate change […]

Rapid Assessment of the Extent and Impact of Sea Level Rise in Vietnam

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 Donor / Partner:    |    Duration:  2008    |    Location: Vietnam

About: The rapid assessment undertaken by ICEM consisted of two separate steps:

One goal of the ICEM […]

O Mon IV Power Plant Rapid Climate Change Threat and Vulnerability Assessment

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Donor / Partner:  The Asian Development Bank (ADB)    |    Duration    |    Location: Vietnam

About: Climate change has the potential to exacerbate the risk associated with large […]

MRC Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative (CCAI)

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Donor / Partner: Mekong River Commission – Environment Program (MRCS-EP)    |    Duration: 2008- 2009    |    Location: Lao PDR, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand

About: The countries of the […]

Ensuring Sustainability of the Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Power Development

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Donor/Partner: Asian Development Bank    |    Duration: 2012-2013 | Location: Mekong region; Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

About: This Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the […]

GMS Biodiversity Corridors Initiative

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Donor / Partner: Asian Development Bank (ADB)   |   Duration: 2007-2009   |    Location: Vietnam, Lao PDR, Thailand, China (Yunnan Province)  

About:  This project was a component of the ADB […]

Mekong Delta Climate Change MDCC Forum

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Donor / Partner: AusAID / MONRE / World Bank    |    Duration: 2009     |    Location: Vietnam
About: The Mekong Delta region of Vietnam has been identified as extremely vulnerable to the adverse […]

SPECIAL REPORTS SERIES: Mekong Delta Climate Change (MDCC) Forum

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The MDCC Forum was developed with the support of AusAID and the World Bank as a preparatory activity for the AusAID/ADB Mekong Delta Climate Change […]