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.

Clyde & Co, LLP

Shipping; Mining; Natural resources; Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Hospitality

Clyde & Co is a dynamic, rapidly expanding global law firm focused on providing a complete legal service to clients in our core sectors. We advise businesses that are at the heart of worldwide commerce and trade. Our combination of sector expertise, commercial attitude and in-depth regional understanding provides a unique perspective.

Conservation International

Community fundraising; Investment

BioMarine is the only international investment platform dedicated marine bio resources. It brings together 300 Executives and CEOs from marine ingredients, marine cosmetics, marine nutraceuticals, aquaculture, aquafeed, marine bio energy, pharmaceuticals and clean tech.

Coral Reef Alliance

Biodiversity conservation; Sustainable development; Effective governence; Human rights; Information sharing

For more than 25 years, Conservation International has been protecting nature for the benefit of everyone on Earth.

Coral Seas, Inc

Integrated coastal management; Coral reefs; Watershed management; Marine parks; Environmental assessment; Environmental impact assessment; Damage assessment; Diagnostic monitoring; Training

Coral Seas Inc, founded in 1996, is dedicated to the sustainable use, understanding and enjoyment of coral reef ecosystems. Using world-renowned expertise, Coral Seas Inc. provides professional services in the following areas: integrated coastal zone management, tropical watershed management, marine park management, strategic environmental assessment, environmental impact assessment, damage assessment and restoration, diagnostic coral reef monitoring, and training and outreach.

Coral Triangle Center

Integrated coastal management; Biodiversity conservation; Reef management; Sustainable fisheries; Water pollution; Climate change; Adaptive reefscapes

CORAL is a world-renowned organization that has a history of working with local communities in coral reef regions around the world to protect their coral reefs.

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

Biodiversity hotspots

Everyone depends on Earth’s ecosystems and their life-sustaining benefits, such as clean air, fresh water and healthy soils. Founded in 2000, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a global leader in enabling civil society to participate in and benefit from conserving some of the world’s most critical ecosystems. We provide grants for nongovernmental and private sector organizations to help protect biodiversity hotspots, Earth’s most biologically rich yet threatened areas.


Infrastructure; Flood risk; Delta planning; Water; Subsoil

Deltares is an independent, institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure. Throughout the world, we work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. Our main focus is on deltas, coastal regions and river basins. Managing these densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why we work closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities at home and abroad. Our motto is Enabling Delta Life. As an applied research institute, the success of Deltares can be measured in the extent to which our expert knowledge can be used in and for society. For Deltares the quality of our expertise and advice is foremost. Knowledge is our core business. > All contracts and projects, whether financed privately or from strategic research budgets, contribute to the consolidation of our knowledge base. Furthermore, we believe in openness and transparency, as is evident from the free availability of our software and models. Open source works, is our firm conviction. Deltares employs over 800 people and is based in Delft and Utrecht.

Department for International Development (DFID)

International Climate Fund (ICF)
Integrated coastal management; Climate change; Low carbon development; Forestry; Agriculture investments; Disaster risk reduction management; Water resources management; Infrastructure; Urban investments; Social protection measures; Health systems

The ICF is a cross-departmental fund established by the UK 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review to provide climate change related aid over the period 2011-12 to 2014-15. In essence, the ICF commits UK climate finance for two years beyond the Fast Start period (2010-2012). The initiative is implemented by three agencies: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Department for International Development (DFID), and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The UK Government has set up ICF to help developing countries tackle climate change and reduce poverty. The initiative will work in partnership with developing countries to take action to reduce carbon emissions and to help people adapt to the effects of climate change. The ICF will focus on three priorities: Helping the poorest people adapt to the effects of climate change on their lives and livelihoods Helping poor countries develop in ways that avoid or reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and enabling millions of people to benefit from clean energy Protecting the world’s forests and the livelihoods of the 1.2 billion people who depend on them

DHI Group

Aquaculture; Agriculture; Energy; Climate change; Coastal work; Water; Industry; Environment and ecosystems; Product safety; Environmental risk

DHI are the first people you should call when you have a tough challenge to solve in a water environment – be it a river, a reservoir, an ocean, a coastline, within a city or a factory. Our knowledge of water environments is second-to-none. It represents 50 years of dedicated research and real-life experience from more than 140 countries. We strive to make this knowledge globally accessible to clients and partners by channelling it through our local teams and unique software. Our world is water. So whether you need to save water, share it fairly, improve its quality, quantify its impact or manage its flow, we can help. Our knowledge, combined with our team's expertise and the power of our technology, holds the key to unlocking the right solution.

DLA Piper

Energy; Infrastructure; Environment; Health and safety; Mining; Hospitality

DLA Piper is a global law firm with 4,200 lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs around the world.

DLA Piper provides a full range of legal services for clients in the Asia Pacific region. We have offices located in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand. We also have strong alliances and relationships with independent law firms across many other countries in the Asia Pacific region. Throughout the region, the firm has particular experience in: corporate (including corporate finance and M&A); employment, pensions and benefits; finance and projects; intellectual property and technology; litigation and regulatory; real estate and tax.

Dr. Chua Thia-Eng


Dr. Chua served as PEMSEA's Regional Programme Director for 15 years. Under his able leadership, PEMSEA evolved from a project-oriented entity focusing on coastal management into a regional collaborative organization for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA). His expertise in coastal and marine area management, and knowledge in coastal and ocean affairs has contributed greatly to the successful implementation of various PEMSEA programs and activities in the region, including the establishment of ICM sites in the region, the creation of the PEMSEA Network of Local Governments for Sustainable Development (PNLG), and the cooperation among various stakeholders and the East Asian countries in adopting the SDS-SEA as framework and ICM as tool for coastal and marine management in the region.

After retiring from his post in 2007, Dr. Chua continued to guide PEMSEA when he was elected as the first Chair of the East Asian Seas Partnership Council until 2013. As Council Chair, Dr. Chua's provided significant support in laying out the building blocks toward the transformation of PEMSEA into a country-owned self-sustaining international organization focusing on coastal and ocean governance in East Asia.

Dr. Chua has authored more than 200 papers, articles and a number of books on coastal and ocean management, including The Dynamics of Integrated Coastal Management, which is considered as one of the key resource materials for academicians, coastal managers and policymakers. He has been a recipient of several awards from societies and governments.

Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA)

Environmental and resource economics; Research

EEPSEA offers research and training grants to build the environmental economics research capacity of local researchers in its 10 member countries and help them provide sound advice to policy makers.

Environmental Resources Management

Biodiversity conservation; Reef management; Information sharing; Training

We believe enhancing capacity of marine conservation managers and practitioners will improve the quality of overall ecosystem. We learn from real best practices and share them with wider networks.

European Commission

EuropeAid – International Cooperation and Development
Integrated coastal management; Habitat protection, restoration and management; Human rights; Good governance; Economic growth; Human development; Infrastructure; Environment; Funding; Disaster Resilience and Risk Management

EuropeAid reinforces the ability of the EU to design state-of-the-art development policy for all developing countries, and enhances policy coherence for development while further improving implementation and delivery mechanisms. It also defines the future development policy drawing from the objectives of the EU's Green Paper on development policy and contributes to global challenges ahead.

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

International Climate Initiative
Climate change; Community resilience; Carbon sinks; Biodiversity conservation

Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition. In the early years of the programme, its financial resources came from the proceeds of auctioning allowances under the emissions trading scheme. To ensure financial continuity, further funds were made available through the Special Energy and Climate Fund. Both funding mechanisms are now part of the Federal Environment Ministry’s regular budget.

The IKI is a key element of Germany’s climate financing and the funding commitments in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative places clear emphasis on climate change mitigation, adaption to the impacts of climate change and the protection of biological diversity. These efforts provide various co-benefits, particularly the improvement of living conditions in partner countries.

Ford Foundation

Democratic and accountable government; Economic fairness; Educational opportunity and scholarship; Freedom of expression; Human rights; Gender equality; Sexuality and reproductive justice; Metropolitan opportunity; Sustainable Development

The Ford Foundation is on the frontlines of social change around the world, working with visionary leaders and organizations to change social structures and institutions—so that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and have a voice in decisions that affect them.

Global Aquaculture Alliance

Consulting: Environmental, Health and safety, Sustainability

Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services.

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)
Integrated coastal management; Water resources management; Natural management; Fragile ecosystems; Climate information services; Disaster risk reduction management

The SCCF is a multilateral fund under UNFCCC administered by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The fund was established with four financing windows, two of which are active: Adaptation and Technology transfer. Adaptation is the Fund’s top priority. SCCF supports activities which are country-driven, cost-effective, and integrated into national sustainable development and poverty reduction strategies; and which take into account national communications or NAPAs and other relevant studies and information provided by the Party. The fund was established in 2001 and became operational in 2002.

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Least Develop Countries Fund (LDCF)
Integrated coastal management; Food security and agriculture; Water resources; Early warning and disaster risks; Capacity building; Energy; Health

The LDCF is a multilateral fund under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) administered by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The fund was established in 2001 to address the special needs of the 49 Least Developed Country Parties (LDCs) which are especially vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. The fund became operational in 2002. The fund assists LDCs to carry out the preparation and implementation of national adaptation programs of action (NAPAs). In the course of preparing NAPAs, the LDCs identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs with regard to adaptation to climate change. The LDCF is to fund only additional costs for immediate adaptation needs over a development (“business-as-usual”) baseline.

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)
Biodiversity conservation; Climate change; Land degradation; Sustainable forest management; International waters and chemicals

SGP recognizes that environmental degradation such as the destruction of ecosystems and the species that depend upon them, increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, pollution of international waters, land degradation and the spread of persistent organic pollutants are life-threatening challenges that endanger us all. However, poor and vulnerable communities - SGP's primary stakeholders - are most at risk because they depend on access to natural resources for their livelihoods and often live in fragile ecosystems.

The programme provides grants of up to $50,000 directly to local communities including indigenous people, community-based organizations and other non-governmental groups for projects in Biodiversity, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Land Degradation and Sustainable Forest Management, International Waters and Chemicals.

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

Integrated coastal management; Sustainable fisheries; Climate change; Capacity building; Technology; Agriculture; Disaster resilience and risk management; Forestry; Infrastructure; Resource management; Populations and human settlements; Sustainable land management; Tourism; Transport; Waste management; Water

Established in 2006, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is a partnership of 35 countries and six international organizations committed to helping developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change. The partnership’s mission is to mainstream disaster risk reduction (DDR) and climate change adaptation in country development strategies by supporting a country-led and country-managed implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). Donors join GFDRR in its cooperative mission to help developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change. Since its inception in September 2006 through November 2010, GFDRR has received $244 million in pledges and contributions from its donors.

Global Greengrants Fund

Biodiversity conservation; Climate justice; Environmental health and justice; Energy; Food and agriculture; Mining, oil, and gas; Indigenous rights; Water; Women's voices

Global Greengrants Fund creates opportunities by making small grants to grassroots groups working for social and environmental justice. Each grant is a chance to make a difference. With your help, we can make many grants, create many opportunities and build lasting change from the ground up.

Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative

Aquaculture; Training; Information sharing

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is an international, non-profit organization committed to feeding the world through responsible, sustainable aquaculture. Representing dozens of individuals, associations and businesses associated with aquaculture and seafood around the world, GAA works to improve practices and increase output across the entire aquaculture production chain.

Global Ocean Forum

Biodiversity conservation; Research; Ecosystem management; Tool development; Data integration

The Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative is an international partnership advancing the scientific basis for conserving biological diversity in the deep seas and open oceans. It aims to help countries, as well as regional and global organisations, to use and develop data, tools, and methodologies to identify ecologically significant areas in the oceans, with an initial focus on areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Great Barrier Reef Foundation

Biodiversity conservation; Good governance; Sustainable development; Commitment monitoring; SIDS support

The Global Ocean Forum (GOF) is an international, independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting good governance of the ocean, sustainable development for coastal and island peoples around the globe, and healthy marine ecosystems.