Ecosystem Services and Products in Rivers and Landscapes of the Greater Mekong Subregion: WLE 2015 Greater Mekong Forum
The WLE 2015 Greater Mekong Forum, held in October 2015, was the largest event in the Mekong Region to address the confluence of water, food and energy. It brought together roughly 400 regional water, food and energy professionals and thinkers to explore new and emerging ideas in water, its development and its exploitation.
ICEM – International Centre for Environmental Management, IWMI – International Water Management Institute, together with MIID – Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development and ECCDI – Ecosystem Conservation and Community Development Initiative, are conducting two healthy rivers projects under the WLE umbrella MK23, which focuses on the health of the Salween, and MK24, which focuses on the health of the Ayeyarwady.
Team members from both projects came together to facilitate a working session on ecosystems services and communities in the four major rivers of the Greater Mekong Subregion. The objective of the Healthy Rivers working session was to, for the first time, bring together a wide range of GMS stakeholders to undertake a participatory review of ecosystems services in each river and identify those that were most important. This report brings together and analyses the results of that session.
For an in depth discussion on the four rivers studied in the working session, see the Ecosystems Services Report.
The workshop was comprised of practitioners and inhabitants from all four basins. Environmentalists with decades of experience, law-makers, and other advocates and professionals contributed their insights and data.
Working session participants spanned a wide variety of project affiliations, technical backgrounds, and geography. The room was arranged into four areas with each area representing one of the four target basins. As participants entered, they were seated at the river that was most […]
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – 9 – 12 March, 2015: ICEM Participates in 2015 FOSS4GNA Geospatial Conference in San Francisco
ICEM presented at this year’s FOSS4GNA in San Francisco. FOSS4GNA is one of the largest global gatherings focused on open source geospatial software. It brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation to foster the development of and support for open source geospatial software in a variety of fields.
The presentation focused on ICEM’s map Impact of Water Supply Infrastructure on Floods and Droughts in the Mekong Region, which was built as part of the Optimising Cascades project. This interactive map highlights results of a study of 67 Mekong dams for indicators such as flood control capacity and natural flood threat of the dam’s catchment. Users are given the option to change which indicator they are viewing at any given time, thus changing the overall picture of floods and dams in the basin. Each map element contains deeper data and information.
The presentation highlighted in particular the Lower Se San Dam, which coincided well with the keynote delivered by Planet Labs, whose high-resolution satellite imagery recently captured the dam’s rapid construction.
FOSS4GNA also afforded the opportunity to develop connections with Development Seed. Development Seed’s work focuses mainly on humanitarian aid, however, its OpenDataKit collection of software, originally designed to gather spatial and on-the-ground information in refugee camps in Lebanon, will likely prove very effective in ICEM’s upcoming projects on the Salween and Irrawaddy rivers in […]
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – 9-10 February 2015: ICEM Participates in the Workshop on Climate Risk Management in Planning and Investment Projects
APAN and the Asia Development Bank (ADB) co-organised the “Climate Risk Management in Planning and Investment Projects” workshop in February 2015 in Manila, the Philippines.
Aimed at building capacity amongst government officials on climate risk assessment and management, the workshop provided participants with a comprehensive two-day training on climate risk management approaches, climate data utilisation for impact and vulnerability assessment, economic and technical analysis in adaptation assessment and planning, and financial architecture on climate change adaptation initiatives in partnership with the private sector.
ICEM’s Tarek Ketelsen, Director – Technical Programs, presented on the Climate Risk & Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA): Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project. The aims of the CRVA were to integrate climate change risk management into the detailed design of roads and bridges associated with the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project, and to pilot-test a rapid climate change vulnerability and adaptation methodology for transport infrastructure projects.