Climate Change

The Asia Pacific region is likely to experience significant impacts from climate change, affecting infrastructure planning, energy supply, food security, water supply, sanitation, ecological sustainability, and community resilience. ICEM is established as an international leader in climate change impact assessment, adaptation and mitigation planning. Advanced climate, hydrological, hydrodynamic and integrated assessment modelling, GIS analysis and economic valuation tools have been specifically designed and proven in the region as part of our climate change adaptation and mitigation methodology.

ICEM’s Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Methodology (CAM): Our CAM – Climate change adaptation and mitigation methodology was developed specifically for the Asia-Pacific region and has been extensively tested in ICEM projects. CAM has been used for USAID, ADB, World Bank, bilateral and government climate change projects and for national, sector, river basin and infrastructure specific assessments.
> View our CAM Report Series
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ICEM manages multiple projects for climate change adaptation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Our projects past and present are detailed below.
> Browse our climate change projects below

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Climate and Natural Disasters Resilience Project in Bac Kan Province

Climate and Natural Disasters Resilience Project in Bac Kan Province Donor/Partner: AREP/AFD   |    Duration: 2018   |    Location: Vietnam About: Bac Kan city [...]

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An overview of climate resilient rural infrastructure demonstration sites in Vietnam

Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure Demonstration Sites Northern Vietnam experiences some of the Greater Mekong Subregion’s most intense storms. With climate change, these storms may [...]

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Cambodia Green Urban Development Program for GGGI

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.

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Second GMS Corridor Towns Development Project: Integrated Disaster Risk Management

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.

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

Feasibility Study and Capacity Development for Strengthening Disaster Risk Management and Rural Resilience in Cambodia Donor / Partner:  World Bank (WB)  |   Duration: 2016-2017  |  Location: Cambodia [...]

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Strategic Mainstreaming of Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Vietnam

Strategic Mainstreaming of Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Vietnam Donor / Partner: GIZ    |    Duration: 2015-2016   |    Location: Viet Nam About: Vietnam is a biodiversity [...]

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Viet Nam Urban Green Growth Action Project for GGGI

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.

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Lao PDR Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessments for Rural Infrastructure

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.

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Mainstreaming Climate Resilience into Development Planning

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.

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Biochar Assessment and Soil Mapping Study

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.

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

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.

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

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).

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Nepal Readiness for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (REDD+)

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.

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Wetlands Climate Change Impact and Vulnerability Assessment: Report Series

The purpose of the Wetlands Climate Change Impact and Vulnerability Assessment was to anticipate climate change impact and vulnerability of wetlands in the Mekong Basin, [...]

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Climate Resilience in Cities in the GMS

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.

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Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC)

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.

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Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development in Nepal

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.

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Strategic Environmental Assessment of the GMS North/South Economic Corridor

Strategic Environmental Assessment of the GMS North/South Economic Corridor Donor / Partner: Asian Development Bank (ADB)   |    Duration: 2008-2009   |    Location: Lao PDR    About: The Greater Mekong [...]

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SEA of Hydropower on the Mekong Mainstream

SEA of Hydropower on the Mekong Mainstream Donor / Partner: Mekong River Commission  (MRC)    |    Duration: 2009-2010     |    Location: Mekong countries About: ICEM was commissioned by the Mekong River [...]