A selection of our recent presentations are available for view and download here.
Environmental Study of the Lancang-Mekong Development Plan: Bathymetric Survey
The Fish Perspective: A Swim Under the River was delivered by international fish specialist Eric Baran and Thailand fish specialist Tuantong Jutagate (both consultant team members) at the Environmental Study of the Lancang-Mekong Development Plan stakeholder workshop that took place at the 2016 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy.
Environmental Study of the Lancang-Mekong Development Plan: Fish Biodiversity
Fish Biodiversity and Fisheries between Chiang Saen and Luang Prabang was delivered by international fish specialist Eric Baran and Thailand fish specialist Tuantong Jutagate (both consultant team members) at the Environmental Study of the Lancang-Mekong Development Plan stakeholder workshop that took place at the 2016 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy. The presentation describes the status of fish biodiversity and fisheries between Chiang Saen and Luang Prabang.
Environmental Study of the Lancang-Mekong Development Plan: Initial Hydrology and Sediment Baseline
This presentation was delivered by consultant team member Simon Tilleard (hydrologist and sediment specialist) at the Environmental Study of the Lancang-Mekong Development Plan stakeholder workshop that took place at the 2016 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy. The presentation documents the current condition and drivers of change for hydrology and sediment transport in the study section. It also provides information for biodiversity teams so that they can understand habitat availability.
Environmental Study of the Lancang-Mekong Development Plan: Introduction and Overview
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. Phase 1 includes the development of three cargo ports at Xiengkok, Pak Beng and Luang Prabang in Lao PDR; the improvement and maintenance of 146 rapids and shoals; and the construction of four emergency response and rescue ships and 1199 aids to navigation. ICEM has received grant funding from the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF) to conduct the Environmental Study (ES) of the LMDP from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang.
An introduction to the ES and overview of the project was delivered by ICEM Director, Dr Jeremy Carew-Reid, at the ES of the LMDP stakeholder workshop that took place at the 2016 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy. Dr Carew-Reid is the Project Leader for the ES of the LMDP.
Strategic Environmental Assessments: Process and Methods
ICEM has established itself as a leader in Strategic Environmental Assessments in the Greater Mekong Subregion. In May 2016, ICEM joined Pact Thailand to deliver a week-long training module on SEA to experts and leaders from the GMS.
This presentation provides an overview of best practices in SEA and how SEAs in Asia differ from those in Europe.
Update 2016: Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam
ICEM’s Climate Resilient Infrastructure project has been underway in Northern Vietnam since 2013. This presentation introduces the issues faced by the region because of climate change and natural disasters, and the green infrastructure and bioengineering techniques being employed to help mitigate their impacts.
The presentation also highlights how, in many cases, green infrastructure and bioengineering techniques are less expensive than their concrete counterparts and are easier to maintain with the skills and resources of local communities.
This presentation was originally delivered at the 1st Regional Workshop of the USAID program Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (Mekong ARCC) by ICEM’s Director, Dr. Jeremy Carew-Reid.
The presentation shows the overview and initial findings of the Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study for Natural and Agricultural Systems. As part of this project, ICEM conducted a climate change impact and adaptation study on the water resources, food security, livelihoods and biodiversity of the Mekong River Basin.
This presentation was given by ICEM’s GIS and Environment Specialist, Nguyen Viet Anh at a meeting of government officials and researchers in Danang in September 2013. The presentation shows the findings of an ICEM study which reveals that the drought suffered by some communities in the Central Highlands of Vietnam could be substantially avoided, if they are given access to the vast resources of the Yali Reservoir. ICEM analysed the potential trade-offs in terms of energy production.
This significant research by ICEM established that community water needs could be met relatively cheaply. Allowing the nearby communities to access the water would mitigate the impact of drought, support local livelihoods and communities, underpin the local economy and ensure food security for more than 33,200 people, with a loss of just 1% in power output.These findings have important repercussions for other potential multi-use reservoirs, where surrounding communities also face water shortages, causing economic and social deprivation.
This presentation about the Mekong ARCC project was given by ICEM’s director Jeremy Carew-Reid at the World Bank-sponsored Second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, held in Hanoi, Vietnam from 3-7 September 2012.
The presentation focuses on the Mekong ARCC assessments and findings regarding climate change threats to agriculture and subsistence livelihoods. It addresses the significant transition from subsistence to commercial agriculture in the region. Commercial cropping has doubled in the last 20 years, particularly with the growth in production of rubber and cassava. The presentation provides recommendations from the Mekong ARCC assessments focusing on food production, advocating that food production will need to grow by 25% in the next 15 years just to supply local populations. The presentation highlights ‘hot spots’ in terms of rainfall and temperature changes, and illustrates potential implications for the location of industrial and commercial crops. The presentation focuses on the Se San catchment area, and notes some key changes which have implications for rice cultivation in the context of more extreme flooding and sea level rise.
This presentation for the Mekong ARCC project was given by ICEM’s Olivier Joffre, Dang Kieu Nhan, Bun Chantrea and Jorma Koponen at the Final Workshop in Bangkok – held in March 2013.
The presentation highlights the findings from the Climate Change Impact and Vulnerability Assessment on the agriculture sector in the Lower Mekong Basin. It presents changes in basin-wide crop suitability, changes in hot spot crop yields and provides a vulnerability assessment for key crops in hot spots. The land use suitability evaluation tool (LUSET) was used to evaluate the suitability of specific land units for a range of crops. For each location suitability is based on climatological characteristics such as rainfall, drought and temperature, and each crop has its special requirements which are affected positively or negatively by climate change.
This presentation for the Mekong ARCC project was given by ICEM at the Final Workshop in Bangkok – held in March 2013. The presentation gives climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment for capture fisheries and aquaculture in the Lower Mekong Basin. It presents the climate change variables affecting fisheries and provides some adaptation options.
Fisheries and aquaculture are vitally important for food and livelihoods in the Mekong Region. Virtually all rural families are involved in fishing at some time of the year and small-scale capture fisheries remain important for livelihoods of rural families. Climate change is set to challenge these traditional ways of life in fundamental ways.
This presentation for the Mekong ARCC project was given by ICEM at the Final Workshop in Bangkok – held in March 2013.
The presentation indicates how climate change will exacerbate challenges for livestock in the LMB, increasing nutritional problems, reducing value and increasing disease risk in many areas. In general, ‘local’ breeds have greater internal adaptive capacity to climate change. However, temperature increases will increase costs of production and alter disease risks for all livestock systems. Wild species in the LMB are also threatened by changes in bovine production practices. Increases in grazing of protected areas will multiply the risk of disease transmission and the threat of hunting.
The presentation provides adaptation strategies for livestock including; improving animal nutrition among smallholder low input systems, increasing disease resilience and minimising disease challenges, and increasing smallholder access to and information on, input, service and product markets.
This presentation for the Mekong ARCC project was given by ICEM’s Peter-John Meynell, Sansanee Choowaew, Nguyen Huu Thien and Jeremy Carew-Reid at the Final Workshop in Bangkok – held in March 2013.
The presentation considers Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and Crop Wild Relatives (CWRs) in the context of climate change in the Lower Mekong Basin. NTFPs and CWRs are an integral part of the farming systems of the Mekong. CWRs are especially important to breed new varieties through genetic diversity. CWRs are the largest source for crop improvement and the richest source of diversity for adaptive characteristics.
The presentation considers the increased market pressures on NTFP resources, the loss of forest habitat due to commercial logging and conversion to agriculture and the importance of protected areas as a last refuge for NTFPs and CWRs.
This presentation for the Mekong ARCC project was given by ICEM’s John Sawdon, Seng Somnchamnavong, Try Thuon and Paul Wyrwoll at the Final Workshop in Bangkok – held in March 2013.
The presentation considers baseline key socio-economic trends in the LMB, noting that poverty levels are falling but still widespread, population is set to rise and peak to 2050, migration from rural to urban is increasing, and vulnerability is increasing with respect to food security. In addition, hydropower development and land concessions are leading to the transformation of ecosystems and local economies in rural areas (mainly in Lao PDR and Cambodia). The presentation highlights the cross-sector climate change impacts, where a multiplier effect across sectors lead to further socio-economic challenges.
This presentation for the Mekong ARCC project was given by ICEM at the Interim Results Workshop in Hanoi – held from 31 October to 1 November 2012. The modeling team consisting of ICEM’s Tarek Ketelsen, Jorma Koponen, Jeremy Carew-Reid, Simon Tilleard, Mai Ky Vinh, and To Quang Toan, presented the climate change and hydrological modeling results for the LMB.
The presentation provides an overview of the hydrologial modelling activities carried out (prior to the interim workshop) covering climate change and the Mekong Basin, the study methodology, basin-wide findings, and challenges and limitations of the study.
The presentation contains projections of future emissions, the quantification of future climate change threats, projections of future atmospheric systems to regional and and ocean dynamics and downscaling projections to the Mekong Basin science including predicting future changes in the Delta floodplain environment.
Mekong ARCC Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study: Hotspot Identification
This presentation for the Mekong ARCC project was given by ICEM at the Interim Results Workshop in Hanoi – held from 31 October to 1 November 2012.The ICEM Mekong ARCC Climate Study team presented the hotspot identification to support the preliminary findings of the Mekong ARCC Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study for the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB).
The presentation indicates that the objective of this study was to identify hot spots in the LMB, to provide a scientific evidence base to guide selection of pilot project sites. This in turn could provide focus for further impact and vulnerability assessments as part of the Mekong ARCC project. The study aimed to analyse the most threatened areas at three different levels; ecozones, provinces and catchments. The climate change threats addressed include shifts in regular climate, temperature, precipitation, and soil water availability.
This presentation was given at the 1st Regional Workshop of the USAID program Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (Mekong ARCC) by ICEM’s John Sawdon and Paul Wyrwoll. The presentation gives an overview of socio-economic trends and drivers in the LMB, outlining the continuing importance of agricultural livelihoods. It explores the issues of rural poverty, livelihoods and productive sectors, and assesses the climate vulnerability in Mondulkiri.
The presentation concludes that whilst huge economic and social transition is going on in the LMB, rural livelihoods will continue to be directly reliant on natural resources for many decades and will therefore be highly exposed to climate change. Mondulkiri is one of the poorest provinces in the basin and is projected to be under extreme threat from climate change. The province provides an illustration of how poverty and climate change vulnerability combine in the basin as a whole. The impacts on health and infrastructure of more serious flood and drought events would have large welfare impacts. An understanding of the full impacts requires an analysis of how all productive sectors (e.g. Agriculture, Fisheries, etc.) interact through livelihoods.
This presentation from ICEM was given at the Mekong Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) 2013 Water, Energy and Food Forum – bringing together the key stakeholders including regional water resource planners, WSI operators and downstream communities. This was an opportunity for the team to present their findings and also for the key stakeholders to discuss and debate the findings to reach a common consensus on recommendations for design and operation of WSI to enhance their contribution to food security.
The presentation gives findings from CPWF MK12: The impact of Water Supply Infrastructure on floods and drought in the Mekong region and the implications for food security. MK12 is a project led by ICEM, working in partnership with the Institute of Water Resources Planning (IWRP – Vietnam), and the Enterprise Development Institute (EDI – Cambodia). This is a CPWF initiative, funded with a grant from Australia through AusAID. The project runs from January 2012—December 2013.
This presentation gives an introduction to the project from ICEM funded by ADB and in collaboration with UNDP to promote climate resilient rural infrastructure in Northern Vietnam.
The purpose of the project is:
To assist Vietnam in taking steps to protect rural infrastructure from the anticipated effects of climate change, by enhancing the capacity of stakeholders at local, provincial and national level;
2) To assess climate risks, and
3) To design and implement cost effective, sustainable, bioengineered solutions to increase climate resilience.
This presentation was given at the 1st Regional Workshop of the USAID program Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (Mekong ARCC) by ICEM’s Director, Dr. Jeremy Carew-Reid.
The presentations shows the overview and initial findings of the Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study for Natural and Agricultural Systems. As part of this project, ICEM conducted a climate change impact and adaptation study on the water resources, food security, livelihoods and biodiversity of the Mekong River Basin.