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International Centre for Environmental Management

Established in 1999, ICEM - International Centre for Environmental Management is an independent technical service centre that helps governments, private sector and communities define and implement policies for ecologically sustainable development.

ICEM aims to help shape development in ways that reduce poverty and sustain efficient and equitable management of natural resources.

ICEM has four fields of technical expertise and services:

climate change
water
biodiversity
integrated assessments

ICEM operates from offices in Hanoi, Phnom Penh, Vientiane and Melbourne and has specialists in climate change, environmental institution building and strategic planning, environmental economics, environmental assessment, biodiversity conservation, water resources management, GIS and modeling.

ICEM works through partnerships

ICEM builds and draws its strength from partnerships. ICEM acts as a catalyst and facilitator in promoting collaboration around agreed goals and projects. Building active partnerships among non government organizations in support of governments is a vital part of the ICEM mission. Also, nurturing effective working relations across different arms and levels of government is essential to every ICEM supported initiative. ICEM has a global network of institutional technical partners that have worked together on collaborative activities.

For ICEM, sharing in responsibility, technical capacities and resources in mutually supportive and well managed ways is an essential ingredient to making process in ecologically sustainable development. ICEM works to promote and realise this approach in all its activities.

ICEM promotes ecologically sustainable development

At ICEM our goal is to ensure ecologically sustainable development, which is 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; and
  • Dealing cautiously with risk and irreversibility.

ICEM encourages changes in the nature of production and consumption

ICEM encourages changes in the nature of production and consumption so that they 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.

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