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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 […]

Interactive Map of Soils and Biochar Suitability in GMS

ICEM developed this interactive map of soil types and biochar suitability as part of the ADB-funded Biochar Assessment and Soil Mapping Study.

The map allows users to […]

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.

Mekong ARCC Climate Change Maps

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Much of ICEM’s work on the Mekong ARCC project hinged on climate modelling and maps created by ICEM’s GIS team. These maps covered temperature and […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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).

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 […]

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.

Strengthening Integrated Water and Flood Management Implementation

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Donor / Partner: Asian Development Bank | Duration: 2013-2015 | Location: Bankok, Thailand 

 During the last quarter of 2011, Thailand experienced its worst flooding since 1942. […]

Climate Resilience in Cities in the GMS

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About: Rapid urbanization is taking place in South East Asia, with cities in the region expanding five times faster than those in member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Urban growth in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in the next 50-100 years is expected to be primarily experienced in small and medium-sized cities and peri-urban areas along existing and new growth corridors. Many of these areas are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

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.

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.

Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam

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About: 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.
Vietnam support for National Target Program on Climate Change

National Target Program on Climate Change – Focus on Energy and Transport – Vietnam

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Donor / Partner:    Asian Development Bank (ADB)   |   Duration:   2012-2014    |    Location:    Vietnam   

About: ICEM in association with NIRAS and RCEE has been contracted by the Asian […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mekong Challenge Programme on Water and Food

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Donors: CGIAR   |    Duration:   2010-2013    |    Location: Mekong Regional: Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
About: The Mekong  Challenge Programme on Water and Food (CPWF) is a research and management […]

Strengthening the Capacity of Pacific Countries to Respond to Climate Change

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Donor / Partner: Asian Development Bank (ADB) | Duration: 2010-2012 | Location: Fiji, Marshall Islands, Palau, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste

 About: The regional capacity development technical assistance […]

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 […]

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

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This ICEM study is an initial contribution to priority setting for climate change adaptation under the Vietnam Government’s National Target Plan to Respond […]

Protected Areas and Development in the Lower Mekong

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Donor: USAID | Duration: 2001-2003 | Location: Mekong Region – Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Lao PDR
About: ICEM led a technical partnership supporting the four Governments of […]

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 […]