Ocean Experts - Organizations

While its benefits are clear, integrated coastal management (ICM) can be a complex and time-consuming endeavor, requiring sufficient expertise and resources. By definition, no single organization, agency or institution can achieve success without the support and collaboration of other stakeholders. This includes experts with knowledge, experience and funding focus on specific aspects of coastal governance, including science, policy, management practice and finance, among others. Local governments and others can benefit immensely from utilizing NGOs, consultants, research organizations, development programs and others to support and accelerate their ICM programs.

This e-Directory includes a catalogue of organizations that have been identified as offering expertise, services and/or funding that could help support ICM programs in the region. Inclusion in the catalogue does not imply endorsement of an organization.

If you are an organization with ICM expertise or funding mandate—including pollution reduction and waste management; food security and livelihood management; water use and supply management; habitat protection, restoration and management; and natural and man-made hazard prevention and management—and you would like to be discovered by programs in East Asia, you may submit your information for consideration for inclusion in e-Directory.

Adaptation Fund

Integrated coastal management; Sustainable fisheries; Climate change; Community resilience; Disaster risk reduction management; Natural resource management; Renewable energy; Waste management; Water efficiency

The Adaptation Fund is a multilateral fund under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol. The fund was established in 2001 and became operational in 2009. It aims to finance concrete adaptation projects and programs in developing country parties to the Kyoto Protocol that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, reducing the adverse effects facing communities, countries, and sectors. Projects are driven by the needs, views, and priorities of eligible parties, and should have the principal and explicit aim to adapt to impacts of climate change and increase climate resilience. A concrete adaptation project/program is defined as a set of activities aimed at addressing the adverse impacts of and risks posed by climate change. The activities shall aim at producing visible and tangible results on the ground by reducing vulnerability and increasing the adaptive capacity of human and natural systems to respond to the impacts of climate change, including climate variability.

Adaptation projects can be implemented at the community, national, and transboundary level. Projects concern discrete activities with a collective objective(s) and concrete outcomes and outputs that are more narrowly defined in scope, space, and time. An adaptation program is a process, a plan, or an approach for addressing climate change impacts that is broader than the scope of an individual project. Provision of funding under the Fund will be based on, and in accordance with, the Strategic Priorities, Policies and Guidelines of the Adaptation Fund.

Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro (Consellors at Law)

Environment; Forestry and plantations; Oil and gas; Mining; Maritime law; Tourism; Hospitality

ALI BUDIARDJO, NUGROHO, REKSODIPUTRO (ABNR) was founded in 1967 by professionals with a deep respect for the law and a keen interest in assisting clients, both foreign and domestic, to achieve their commercial goals within the Indonesian legal environment.

Allen & Overy, LLP

Environment and regulatory Law; Business ethics; Human rights; Chemicals; Climate change; Contaminated land; Crisis management; EHS regulatory; Emissions and carbon trading; Environmental disclosure; Corporate environmental transparency; Environmental litigation; Export controls; Nature protection and biodiversity; Product liability; Product stewardship; Renewables and clean technology; Shale gas; Strategic oil stock holding obligations; Transactional support; Waste management; Information and communications technology

Our commitment to help our clients deliver their global strategies has seen us build a truly global network now spanning 46 offices in 32 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in more than 100 countries where we do not have a presence. This network has allowed us to become one of the largest and most connected law firms in our peer group with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivalled. So when we talk about global coverage, we’re not just talking about having offices in some important cities around the world. We mean being able to combine our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients.

Allens, LLP

Environmental liability; Pollution laws; Town planning; Infrastracture development; Mergers, acquisitions, and privatisations; Agribusiness; Healthcare; Mining; Oil and gas; Transport; Energy; Information and communications technology; Water

Allens provides access to leading lawyers and resources throughout Australia and Asia, covering all commercial issues, from acquisition finance to workplace relations. We are praised for our innovative approach to complex work and delivering market-leading solutions to clients.

Arun LLC

Investment; Social enterprise; Training; Empowerment; Rural

ARUN invests in the social entrepreneurs in the developing countries, based on the fund capitalized by Japanese individuals and corporate partners. ARUN invests in the social entrepreneurs who tackle social problems such as poverty in the developing countries. These entrepreneurs do not depend on the conventional forms of aid, but strive to solve the poverty by the power of their independent business and improve the society. ARUN connects the entrepreneurs and the investors through investment activities, aiming to create “meaningful money” flow of investments that contribute to the sustainable and rich society where we all live together, and to build a platform, which leads the social investment.

Asian Coastal Resources Institute Foundation (CORIN-ASIA)

Biodiversity conservation; Reef management; Climate change; Capacity building; Sustainable development; Integrated management

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is an informal partnership between Nations and organizations which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world.

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in Asia
Climate change; Funding; Community resilience

The Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in Asia was established in March 2013. The fund aims to catalyze greater private investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation in Asia and the Pacific. The fund will aim to play a key role in helping to overcome leading edge technology risks and cost hurdles in order to initiate and scale-up projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase climate resilience. The fund is ADB’s first concessional debt cofinancing facility specifically oriented to support private sector operations to combat climate change.

ADB will manage the fund resources under its Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility umbrella.

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund
Information and communications technology; Funding; Knowledge sharing; Poverty reduction

The fund was established in June 2006 by the Republic of Korea. It aims to bridge the digital divide and promote improved access to information and creating and sharing of knowledge through information and communications technology (ICT) in the Asia and Pacific region.

The fund aims to contribute to poverty reduction and the economic and social development in ADB's developing member countries (DMCs) through its two windows: the e-Asia program and the knowledge partnership program.

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Cooperation Fund for Project Preparation in the Greater Mekong Subregion and in Other Specific Asian Countries
Funding; Knowledge sharing; Technology dissemination; Trade; Transport; Energy; Information and communications technology; Environment; Human resource development; Agriculture; Tourism

The fund is a single-donor trust fund established in partnership with Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) in 2004 to promote project preparatory technical assistance operations to be designed, processed, and administered at the sole discretion of ADB with regional cooperation focus in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

In line with ADB's Strategy 20/20, the fund will focus on planning, financing and implementing operations to help increase resource flows, assist with trade facilitation, disseminate new technology and enrich networking expertise in the GMS. Specific focus is placed on the implementation of high priority subregional projects in transport, energy, telecommunications, environment, human resource development, tourism, trade facilitation, private sector investment, and agriculture.

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Private Sector (Nonsovereign) Financing
Development impact; Private sector participation; Infrastructure; Capital market development; Broadening country and sector reach; Wider use of credit enhancement and other instruments; Strategic alliances with other development agencies

As a catalyst for private investments, ADB provides direct financial assistance to private sector projects. While ADB’s participation is usually limited, it leverages a large amount of funds from commercial sources to finance these projects. Projects must also have clear development impacts and/or demonstration effects that go beyond the benefits captured in the financial rate of return.

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

ASEAN Infrastructure Fund (AIF)
Infrastracture Development

The ASEAN Infrastructure Fund (AIF) is a dedicated fund established by ADB and nine member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to address the ASEAN region’s infrastructure investment needs. The AIF finances projects that promote infrastructure development within the territories of ASEAN developing member countries by mobilizing regional savings, including foreign exchange reserves. All AIF-financed projects are also cofinanced by ADB funds.
A central goal of the AIF is ensuring that investments are environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. All AIF projects must therefore comply with ADB’s strict anticorruption regulations and its environmental and social safeguards.

Infographic: http://www.adb.org/news/infographics/asean-infrastructure-fund

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Agriculture and food Security; Education; Energy; Climate change; Finance sector development; Gender and development; Governance and public management; Health; Information and communications technology; Regional cooperation and integration; Transport; Urban development; Water

Since its founding in 1966, ADB has been driven by an inspiration and dedication to improving people’s lives in Asia and the Pacific. By targeting our investments wisely, in partnership with our developing member countries and other stakeholders, we can alleviate poverty and help create a world in which everyone can share in the benefits of sustained and inclusive growth.

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Ordinary Capital Resources
Agriculture and natural resources; Education; Energy; Finance; Health and social protection; Industry and trade; Public sector management; Transport; Information and communication technology; Water supply and other municipal infrastructure and services

ADB’s OCR operations are diverse, covering agriculture and natural resources, education, energy, finance, health and social protection, industry and trade, public sector management, transport and information and communication technology, multisector, and water supply and other municipal infrastructure and services. OCR loans are generally made to DMCs that have attained a higher level of economic development.

From its establishment through 31 December 2013, ADB had approved loans, net of terminations and reductions, aggregating $155,491 million in its ordinary operations. As of 31 December 2013, the total amount of ADB’s loans outstanding, undisbursed balances of effective loans, and loans not yet effective in its ordinary operations was $85,185 million. Of this total, 92.7% represented sovereign loans, that is, loans to the public sector (member countries and, with the guarantee of the concerned member, government agencies or other public entities). About 7.3% represented nonsovereign loans, that is, loans to private sector enterprises, financial institutions, and selected nonsovereign public sector entities.

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund (APDRF)
Disaster relief

The APDRF is a special fund designed to provide incremental grant resources to developing member countries impacted by a major natural disaster.

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Public Sector (Sovereign) Financing
Infrastructure (inc. transport, communications, energy, water supply and sanitation, urban development); Environment; Regional cooperation and integration; Finance sector development; Education

ADB offers a range of financial products that help developing member countries (DMCs) build economic growth and social development. These tools include loans, technical assistance, and grants.

Public sector (sovereign) financing is extended to DMC governments and public sector entities, such as state-owned enterprises. Sovereign lending or financing secured by a government guarantee forms the greater part of ADB’s development assistance.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Energy; Oil and gas; Natural Resources; Shipping; Information and communications technology

We are a full-service Indonesian law firm that was founded by Ahmad Fikri Assegaf and Chandra M. Hamzah in 2001. Since then, we have grown rapidly, gaining a reputation for innovation, commercial acumen, and for putting our clients at the forefront of all that we do. Currently with 15 partners and more than 55 associates, all of our members have extensive experience representing a wide variety of blue-chip corporate clients, high net worth individuals, government institutions and major public enterprises.

B Current Impact Investment Inc.(BCI2)

Investment; Social enterprise; Impact investing; Networking

B Current Impact Investment Inc. (BCI2) is a community started by 43 professionals from various backgrounds in Taiwan and Silicon Valley. BCI2 was launched on April 10, 2014 through experimenting with club funding. Its focus on social innovation and the linking of social entrepreneurs with impact investors has helped to elevate social enterprises’ investment readiness and bankability so that they can sustain and develop themselves, just like the rush of flowing water at an opportune time to transform society. BCI2 aims at develop impact investment opportunities, which are sustainable and scalable, and being a trustful partner in the emerging eco-system to grow social entrepreneurship. By connecting potential social entrepreneurs with impact investors and mainstream businesses as well as other venture capitalists, BCI2 is able to develop investable or investment-ready social business models with and for them to maximize sustainable social impacts.

Baker & McKenzie

Carbon capture and storage; Climate change; Environmental law; Renewable energy and clean technology; Agriculture; Forestry; Fishing; Energy; Mining; Healthcare; Tourism; Hospitality; Information and communications technology

Baker & McKenzie defined the global law firm in the 20th century, and we are redefining it to meet the challenges of the global economy in the 21st . We bring to matters the instinctively global perspective and deep market knowledge and insights of more than 4,200 locally admitted lawyers in 77 offices worldwide. We have a distinctive global way of thinking, working and behaving – ""fluency"" – across borders, issues and practices.

We understand the challenges of the global economy because we have been at the forefront of its evolution. Since 1949, we have advised leading corporations on the issues of today’s integrated world market. We have cultivated the culture, commercial pragmatism and technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver world-class service tailored to the preferences of world-class clients worldwide.

Ours is a passionately collaborative community of 60 nationalities. We have the deep roots and knowledge of the language and culture of business required to address the nuances of local markets worldwide. And our culture of friendship and broad scope of practice enable us to navigate complexity across issues, practices and borders with ease.

Bamboo Capital Management Pte Ltd

Investment; Technology; Energy; Finance; Low-income communities

Bamboo Finance is a commercial private equity firm specializing in investing in business models that benefit low-income communities in emerging markets with offices in Luxembourg, Geneva, Bogota, Nairobi and Singapore. Bamboo Finance uses a market-oriented approach to deliver social and environmental value and provide attractive financial returns to investors. Bamboo Finance launched in 2007 with a goal to demonstrate that private capital can be profitably deployed as a tool for effective change. To date, we manage 250M USD, representing two global funds and a combined portfolio of 46 investments operating in 30 emerging market countries. Bamboo has a track record of demonstrated commercial returns, and a portfolio of investments that have provided 16 million clients with access to services and created more than 20,000 jobs.


Integrated coastal management; Capacity building; Poverty reduction; Social development; Resource management; Program scalability; Sustainability; Community resilience

CORIN-Asia works on three levels. First, we empower grassroot communities through building their capacities. We bring out communities together to help leverage their impact, scale their ideas, and capture and disseminate their good practices. Second, we work with national agencies in influencing policies that support poverty reduction, social development and natural resources management initiatives. Finally, we link with other international partner institutions in advocating for natural resources management in the region. Forging alliances help build the framework needed to facilitate the spread of sustainable resources management efforts to other countries.


Hydrodynamics; Simulation; Weather forecast; Sea-state forecast

BWgeohydromatics is an Indonesian based enterprise specializing in delivering meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) information and knowledge with specific emphasis in the Indonesian water and the South East Asian region. We possess strong local knowledge and effective access to the region we are working in.

BWgeohydromatics is founded as research spin-off company located in Bandung, Indonesia. The company collaborates closely with relevant experts and specialists in their fields, particularly hydrography, physical oceanography, meteorology, sediment transport, and navigation.


Feasibility; Planning; Environment; Climate change; Coastal engineering; Cultural heritage; Ecology; Energy; Environmental assessment; Environmental information management; Geological logging systems; Geomorphology; Groundwater; Hazardous substances; Landscape architecture; Marine environment; Resource management; Toxicology; Water; Design; Materials testing; Construction management; Asset aanagement; Management consulting; Development assistance

Cardno is an ASX-200 professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world.

Chandler MHM Ltd.

Natural resources; Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Mining; Energy law

Chandler and Thong-ek Law Offices Ltd. was established in 1974, and integrated its practice with Mori Hamada & Matsumoto to create Chandler MHM Limited (“CMHM”) in January 2017. As a leading, independent law firm in Thailand, CMHM provides local and international clients with the highest quality service across a broad range of practice areas.

Our team of 60 lawyers are internationally recognized for their legal expertise on, banking and finance, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities, dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, tax and regulatory law – with a focus on complex, cross-border, international business transactions. CMHM’s lawyers are particularly sought out for their advice on energy and natural resources, and infrastructure matters, and regularly act for international agencies and Asian governments on major projects involving concessions, mineral policies and evolving legislation.

Clifford Chance

Climate change; Natural resources; Mining ; Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Transport; Information and communications technology

We are one of the world's pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We provide them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the Firm's global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Climate Investment Funds

Pilot Program for Climate Change Resilience (PPCR)
Integrated coastal management; Climate change; Climate Resilience; National development planning; Sustainable development; Climate information systems; Disaster risk reduction management; Environment and landscape management

The PPCR is a strategic subprogram under the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF), which is one of two Trust Funds that comprise the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) – a joint undertaking of the Multilateral Development Banks, with an Administrative Unit housed at World Bank and stakeholders including recipient and contributing countries, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Adaptation Fund, bilateral development agencies, non-governmental organizations, indigenous peoples, private sector entities, scientific and technical experts, UN agencies and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Approved in November 2008, the PPCR governance body has pilot recipients, and PPCR is providing incentives for scaled-up action and transformational change in integrating consideration of climate resilience in national development planning consistent with poverty reduction and sustainable development goals in 9 countries and 2 regions.