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.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Agribusiness; Environment; Mining; Climate change; Health and safety; Native title and indigenous heritage; Renewable energy and clean-tech; Water; Waste management

As one of the world’s leading law firms, we advise many of the biggest and most ambitious organisations across all major regions of the globe. Our clients trust us with their most important transactions, disputes and projects because of our ability to cut through complexity and mitigate risk.
We can help you thrive in the global economy. Operating from over 20 offices spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, we can deliver whatever expertise you need, wherever you need it.
Because technical ability alone is not enough, we seek to build exceptional working relationships with our clients. By doing so, we are able to develop a deeper understanding of our clients’ businesses, provide commercially astute, innovative advice and create better business outcomes for our clients.

HYDROC Consult

Water; Hydraulic engineering; Coastal management; Climate change; Disaster management; Capacity building; Monitoring and evaluation; GIS

HYDROC is an association of independent consultants, scientists and engineers, providing water related services through a network of national and international experts. Our concept uses the synergies of our combined expertise for the successful implementation of a variety of projects. HYDROC works in the fields of: Hydraulic Engineering, Water Management, Coastal Zone Management, and Climare change and Disaster. HYDROC focuses on work in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East with our expertise geared towards finding sustainable solutions in extreme environments ranging from arid regions to wetlands, involving stakeholders through our well established links with local institutions.


Investment; Impact investing; Democratic funds

In 2001, Calvert Foundation launched a prototype of a new type of donor advised fund (DAF). Known as the Giving Fund, this DAF provided an enhancement to traditional donor advised funds in the form of socially responsible and impact investment options—enabling philanthropists to both “give and invest for the greater good.” In 2010, Calvert Foundation created ImpactAssets to assume responsibility for the Giving Fund and transform it into something much bigger. In the years since, the ImpactAssets staff has multiplied, adding new functions including an impact investing field building initiative and the development of new impact investment products designed to democratize access to impact investing (currently in progress). ImpactAssets is an independent 501(c)3 organization, but remains closely connected to Calvert Foundation. Board members designated by Calvert Foundation hold a minority position on ImpactAssets’ Board of Directors and Community Investment Partners, a subsidiary of Calvert Foundation, supplies administrative services to the firm.

Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund (ICCTF)

Integrated coastal management; Climate change; Agriculture; Community resilience; Disaster risk reduction and management; Energy; Energy efficiency; Forestry; Fuel switching; Industry; Infrastructure; Low carbon development; Mining; Populations and human settlements; Renewable energy; Transport; Waste management; Water

The ICCTF is part of the Goverment of Indonesia's (GOI) commitment to enhance climate resilience, improve development coordination and prepare future responses to climate change threats. The two main objectives of the ICCTF are to achieve Indonesia’s goals of a low-carbon economy and to enable the GOI to increase the effectiveness and impact of implemented projects in addressing climate change issues.

In the first phase, the ICCTF will be designated as an “Innovation Fund”, which involves grant funding from development partners and other contributors to be used for activities that provide indirect economic and social benefits and will not provide any direct financial return to participants involving government ministries/institutions as proponents, and will subsequently expand to local governments, and later NGOs and universities.

At a later stage, the ICCTF may establish a “Transformation Fund” mechanism to leveral other funding sources, such as public-private partnerships, loans, and international capital markets that harness private-sector finance.

Insitor Management

Investment; Low-income communities; Startups; Early-stage businesses; Infrastructure; Healthcare; Food and water; Shelter

Insitor Management is an impact investing firm based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with offices in New Delhi, India and Yangon, Myanmar. We are a small, specialized team that invests in companies that have the potential to fundamentally improve the lives of low-income families in emerging countries. We focus on Developing Asia where nearly two billion people have limited to no access to clean water, quality food, secure shelters, affordable healthcare, efficient infrastructure, and inclusive financial services. We work with startups and early-stage businesses, bridging the gap between angel investments and later-stage funding offered by most impact investors. Our previous experience as entrepreneurs, strategy consultants, and finance professionals allows us to help executive teams develop strategies, build operations, and execute plans. Our developing countries experience makes us a practical, understanding, and patient partner committed to working together to reach outstanding results.

Institute of Environmental & Marine Sciences

Education; Research

Silliman University Marine Laboratory (SUML) was established as a research facility of the University in 1974, with materials recycled from a torn Science Building in the main campus. Facilities have improved considerably since then, from a one-building unit to four buildings.

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) UNESCO

Capacity building; Research; Sustainable development; Ocean management; International cooperation

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in marine research, services, observation systems, hazard mitigation, and capacity development in order to understand and effectively manage the resources of the ocean and coastal areas.

International Coral Reef Initiative

Capacity building; Research; Sustainable development; Ocean management; International cooperation

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in marine research, services, observation systems, hazard mitigation, and capacity development in order to understand and effectively manage the resources of the ocean and coastal areas.

International Finance Corporation

Investment; Poverty reduction; Local business

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. Established in 1956, IFC is owned by 184 member countries, a group that collectively determines our policies. Our work in more than a 100 developing countries allows companies and financial institutions in emerging markets to create jobs, generate tax revenues, improve corporate governance and environmental performance, and contribute to their local communities. IFC’s vision is that people should have the opportunity to escape poverty and improve their lives.

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Biodiversity conservation; Climate change; Poverty reduction; Sustainable development

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

James Monteiro Advocate & Solicitors

Energy; Oil and gas; Water; Environmental law

The Firm was established in March 2009. The founding partners were James P. Monteiro and Shirlena Yogeswaran. John Skelchy joined the partnership in May 2009. The Firm was initially set up as a boutique litigation and dispute resolution practice and fast gained a reputation for its holistic, hands-on and commercially focused approach and solutions. Over time the Firm broadened its portfolio to include non-dispute advisory services in the energy and property development sector.

K&L Gates LLP

Land use and permitting; Natural resources; Environmental litigation; Compliance counseling; Energy; Environmental due diligence; Legislative and regulatory environmental policy; Environmental justice; Environmental insurance; Climate change; Sustainability

K&L Gates represents leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals. Our practice is a robust full market practice — cutting edge, complex and dynamic, at once regional, national and international in scope.

Kadir Andri & Partners

Energy; Infrastructure; Mining; Offshore drilling; Oil and gas; Water

Kadir Andri & Partners (KAAP) is a Malaysian law firm of distinction, specialising in Corporate (Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Projects), Banking & Finance and Dispute Resolution.

KfW Entwicklungsbank

KfW Development & Climate Finance
Integrated coastal management; Climate change; Community resilience; Capacity building; Disaster risk reduction management; Renewable energy; Waste management; Water; Water efficiency

KfW Entwicklungsbank provides financial support to projects in climate mitigation, adaptation to climate change and technology-transfer. KfW’s Climate financing thus touches on many areas and extends from sustainable economic development, energy and water supply, infrastructure, urban development, solid waste management, transport and mobility to healthcare and the protection of forests and biodiversity as well as agriculture and forestry.

Leapfrog Investments

Investment; Fintech; Healthcare

LeapFrog invests in high-growth companies in Africa and Asia, seizing the opportunity to serve nearly two billion emerging consumers and providing growth capital for companies that can operate at scale. LeapFrog Investments is the leader in Profit with Purpose investing, building companies that maximise both financial and social returns.

Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation

Investment; Social enterprise; Poverty reudction; Impact investing

Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation was established in November 2010 by some renowned economists and entrepreneurs such as Mr. Mao Yushi, Mr. Wu Jinglian, Mr. Tang min, Mr. Lin Rongqiang, Mr. Liu Chuanzhi and Mr. Ma Yun etc. With the mission of Leverage patient capital for impact investing, making service for the poor, Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation focuses on investing on leading social enterprises and advocating social investment.

LGT Venture Philanthropy

Investment; Philanthropy; Education; Health; Energy; Agriculture; Information and communications technology; Capacity building

LGT Venture Philanthropy is an impact investor supporting organizations with outstanding social and environmental impact. Our team in six continents strives to increase the sustainable quality of life of less advantaged people by inspiring clients for active philanthropy, providing individualized philanthropic advice and investment implementation. Our broad range of clients benefits from the experience, systems, processes and networks built by implementing the philanthropic engagement of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein/ LGT Group.

Linklaters, LLP

Climate change; Sustainable finance; Corporate governance; Transactional risk; Product stewardship; Environmental regulation; Sustainable real estate; Infrastructure; Transport; Mining

Our vision is to be the leading global law firm, advising the most prominent global corporations and financial institutions on their most important and challenging transactions and assignments.

Lotus Impact

Investment; Seed funding; Incubation; Business plan creation; Designing and prototyping products and services; Impact investing; Networking

Lotus Impact actively invests in private enterprises that help solve social and environmental problems with solutions that generate sustainable income and employment.

MacArthur Foundation

Conservation; Sustainable development; Human rights; International justice; Peace and security

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.

MacArthur is one of the USA's largest independent foundations. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.

Mangroves for the Future (MFF)

Integrated coastal management; Coastal and ocean governance; Innovative financing and investment; Economic instruments; Climate change; Alternative livelihoods; Reef to ridge management; Economic valuation; Learning and evaluation; Civil society engagement; Capacity building; Sustainable livelihoods; Community resilence; Marine Protected Areas; Management assessment and monitoring; Sustainable business practices; Gender equality; Knowledge management and communications; Disaster risk reduction management; Private sector engagement and support; Ecosystem resilience; Information sharing

Known as MFF, Mangroves for the Future is a partnership-based initiative promoting investment in coastal ecosystems for sustainable development. MFF provides a collaborative platform to help countries, sectors and agencies in the MFF region tackle the growing challenges to coastal sustainability.

MFF has adopted mangroves as its flagship ecosystem in recognition of the important role that mangrove forests played in reducing the impact of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and the severe effect on coastal livelihoods caused by the loss and degradation of mangroves. However MFF embraces all coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs, estuaries, lagoons, wetlands, beaches and seagrass beds.

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

Sustainable fisheries; Ocean management

The MSC runs an exciting and ambitious program, working with partners to transform the world's seafood markets and promote sustainable fishing practices.
Our vision is for the world's oceans to be teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations.
Our credible standards for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability seek to increase the availability of certified sustainable seafood. Our distinctive blue ecolabel makes it easy for everyone to take part.


Construction; Information and communications technology; Education; Energy and power; Healthcare; Infrastructure; Life Sciences; Marine; Transportation

Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management, teams with its clients to define, design, and deliver innovative industry-specific solutions that help them protect their future and thrive. To navigate today’s challenges, the maritime industry can benefit from a risk management adviser that has decades of dedicated marine expertise.

Mott MacDonald

Construction; Education; Environment; Climate change; Sustainable development; People and communities; Resource management; Environmental planning; Environmental risk management; Waste management; Environmental permitting; Contaminated land; Health; Industry; International development; Oil and gas; Power; Information and communications technology; Transport; Urban development; Water

Mott MacDonald is a global management, engineering and development consultancy adding value for public and private clients on agenda-setting, next-generation projects worldwide. We use our ingenuity to save our customers money and time, reduce risks, increase efficiency, maximise sustainable outcomes and advance best practice. We do this through innovative thinking and by mobilising cross-sector, international perspectives, drawing on the immense talent and energy of our people – designers, engineers, project and programme managers, management consultants, environmentalists, planners, economists, business strategists, infrastructure finance advisors, public private partnership experts, cost consultants, low carbon specialists, technology experts, safety advisors, health and education specialists, development policy advisors and more.

Nordic Development Fund (NDF)

Infrastructure and energy; natural resources; climate change-related capacity building; climate change adaptation; sea level rise; extreme weather conditions; food security

NDF provides grants by co-financing with multilateral and bilateral partners. From 1989 to 2005 NDF provided soft loans for social and economic development. In 2009, the NDF owners decided that the Fund should provide grant financing for climate change investments in low-income countries. Key objectives are to facilitate greater investments to address the causes and consequences of climate change; to support development and climate change strategies in developing countries; to maximize additionality and complementarity in relation to other available financing; to mirror the Nordic countries' priorities in the area of climate change and development. The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF), which provides smaller-sized grants to low-income countries based on annual thematic calls for proposals, is a financing mechanism of the NDF.