Integrated Assessments

ICEM has extensive experience in managing integrated environmental assessments – which consider natural, social and economic systems. Our approach reflects a longstanding commitment to ecological sustainability and social equity. It promotes ecological sustainability as a foundation for development, taking into account processes and issues which cross sector and administrative boundaries.

Innovative and technically advanced methods and world leading expertise form the basis of ICEM’s integrating assessment methods. During 15 years of operations we have successfully applied our range of integration services in projects throughout the Asia Pacific region. Our ability to adopt and develop project specific approaches from an extensive range of tools has made us leaders in this field, as reflected in ICEM receiving the 2012 global International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) award for its strategic environmental assessment work.

We have developed an extensive suite of interlinked tools and processes that support our integrated approach. Integration is promoted within the design and implementation of all ICEM’s projects. Our team select and adapt the most appropriate mix of tools and methods to address the specific needs of each project. ICEM’s tools work within existing development planning processes. We have successfully undertaken SEAs and EIAs for development plans involving many countries down to site specific road, power plant and irrigation scheme proposals.
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Technical Assessments on Value Driven Agricultural Resilience to Climate Change

Technical Assessments on Value Driven Agricultural Resilience to Climate Change About: Market driven approaches can provide an important route for strengthening resilience to climate [...]


ESIA and ESMP for Sub-project 1, ESA for Stretch 1, and ESMP Monitoring and Reporting during Construction of Sub-project 1

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for Sub-project 1, Environmental and Social Assessment (ESA) for Stretch 1, and [...]


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

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.


Environmental Study of the Lancang-Mekong Development Plan (LMDP)

Environmental Study of the Lancang-Mekong Development Plan (LMDP) Donor / Partner: Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)   |   Duration: 2016-2017  |  Location: Thailand, Lao PDR [...]


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.


Lower Mekong Initiative Environment and Water Pillar Training Program

Held in Bangkok on 24-27 May 2016, the ‘SEA process, tools and lessons from the lower Mekong region energy sector’ workshop was organized by PACT Thailand as part of its Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Environment and Water Pillar Training Program (PTP). The workshop had two objectives:


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.


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.


Study of the Impacts of Mainstream Hydropower on the Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is affected by upstream development – often in ways not fully understood and with uncertain impacts on natural, social and economic systems which sustain life and well being for millions of people in Vietnam. With expanding plans for major developments on the mainstream and its tributaries, those impacts are likely to become much more serious. Vietnam and its riparian neighbours do not have adequate scientific understanding for informed decision making on Mekong mainstream hydropower projects, especially on their downstream effects.


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.


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 [...]


Ensuring Sustainability of the Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Power Development

Ensuring Sustainability of the Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Power Development Donor/Partner: Asian Development Bank    |    Duration: 2012-2013    |    Location: Mekong region; Cambodia, [...]


SEA for Vietnam’s Forestry Master Plan 2010 – 2020

About: This SEA served as an initial technical assessment of the long-term sustainability of master planning in the forestry sector and also provided the framework for training MARD Department of Forestry staff in the use and implementation of SEA. The SEA undertook a rapid assessment of three Provincial Forest Protection and Development Plans (FPDPs), and provides guidance for the development of a National Forest Sector Master Plan and wider GoV decision-making in the forestry sector.


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 [...]