International Centre for Environmental Management (ICEM)

ABOUT US 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 and operates through a core of specialists in climate change, biodiversity conservation, water resources management, strategic environmental assessment, disaster risk reduction and environmental and social economics. At ICEM our goal is to ensure ecologically sustainable development – development that improves the total quality of life, both now and in the future, in a way that maintains the ecological processes on which life depends. Ecological sustainable development involves:
  • Protecting and enhancing biological diversity and maintaining essential ecological processes;
  • Recognising the ecological and biodiversity implications of climate change;
  • Ensuring that environmental and natural system assets are properly valued;
  • Integrating environmental with economic goals in all policies and activities;
  • Providing for equity within and between generations;
  • Dealing cautiously with risk and irreversibility; and
  • Encouraging changes in the nature of production and consumption so that we can better satisfy human needs while using fewer raw materials and producing less waste.

The key to ICEM’s work lies in promoting structures, tools and mechanisms for integrating environmental quality and ecological considerations with development decision-making.


Our approach

  • ICEM leads the field in the management of programs and projects in the Asia-Pacific related to climate change, biodiversity, natural resource management, water and energy
  • ICEM provides advisory services for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources
  • ICEM seeks to help shape development in ways that reduce poverty and sustain efficient and equitable management of natural resources, in collaboration with local, national and international partners
  • ICEM works through piloting and demonstration, capacity and institution building, collaborative research and policy studies, networking and knowledge dissemination
  • ICEM supports national and local governments in analyzing sustainable development problems and options, and in defining priorities for action
  • ICEM acts as a facilitator and catalyst in bringing together the skills, organizations and resources needed to address sustainable development priorities
ICEM specializes in the following areas :
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 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.


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.


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 works on all dimensions of disaster risk reduc­tion: understanding disaster risk through multi-hazard risk modeling and vulnerability assessment; managing risk through strengthening disaster risk governance; and building resilience through community based risk reduction interventions and mainstreaming of disas­ter and climate risks into socio-economic develop­ment planning and investments.”


ICEM – International Centre for Environmental Management
Address: No. 6A, Lane 49 To Ngoc Van Street, Tay Ho District, HANOI, VIETNAMOffice tel: +84 24 3823 9127 Fax: +84 24 3719 0367 Email:

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