ICEM – International Centre for Environmental Management is an award-winning independent technical service centre that assists government, private sector and communities to define and implement policies for sustainable development. Established in 1999, ICEM is staffed by full-time international and national technical and administrative personnel.
ICEM operates through a core of specialists in biodiversity conservation, climate change, water resources management, strategic environmental assessment, and environmental and social economics.
Climate change: 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.
Biodiversity: ICEM has over 20 years of experience in biodiversity conservation and protected area management. We have led and managed many projects and programs for the conservation of landscapes and ecoregions including development of action plans, focused studies and habitat rehabilitation. ICEM led in the ground breaking Protected Areas and Development (PAD) project involving Mekong countries and many international and local conservation organizations. ICEM was instrumental in designing international collaborative approaches to conservation in the Mekong region and with the countries of the Coral Triangle. We have a history of forestry management and restoration, identification and enrichment of biodiversity corridors, working with communities in management of non-timber forest products (NTFP) and of survey and sustainable use of wetlands of international importance.
Water: ICEM has been involved in water resources survey and management in Asia and the Pacific for over 2 decades, focusing on projects in watershed management, survey and conservation of marine and freshwater habitats, rural drinking water supply and quality, economic valuations of ecosystem services and modelling of hydrology and water availability. ICEM is a leader in the Mekong region for its hydrological modeling work, its flood and drought studies, in understanding wetlands and in studying the effects of infrastructure developments and climate change on water resources and hydrodynamics. We have been extending this work to other regions and countries, most recently in Nepal.
Energy: ICEM is committed to helping countries in the Asia-Pacific achieve access to clean energy, low carbon technology and renewables whilst focusing on energy efficiency, multi-use hydropower and sustainable energy solutions. With energy demand projected to almost double in the Asia and Pacific region by 2030, there is an urgent need for innovative ways to generate power while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Integrated assessments: ICEM is a global leader in Strategic Environmental Assessment and other forms of integrated environmental assessments. Our focus on integration underpins a longstanding commitment to ecological sustainability and social equity and an understanding that those imperatives lay the foundation for economic development. ICEM’s spatial approach using GIS analysis and an emphasis on understanding effects across political, administrative and sector boundaries ensures that unwanted and unplanned impacts can be avoided or mitigated and benefits enhanced.
Disaster Risk Reduction: ICEM has developed an innovative set of management processes and tools for identifying and mitigating climate and hazard-related threats to infrastructure and communities, including state-of-the-art GIS analysis, multi-hazard risk modelling, vulnerability assessment and capacity building with a focus on disaster risk governance, mainstreaming of disaster and climate risk into socio-economic development planning and building resilience through community based interventions.