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.

Nordic Development Fund (NDF)

Nordic Climate Facility (NCF)
Energy; Transport; Water and sanitation; Resource management

The NCF is a facility financed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and implemented jointly with the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), with resources from five Nordic countries: Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) promotes the transfer of technology, know-how and innovative ideas between the Nordic countries and low-income countries facing climate change. The aim is to increase low-income countries' abilities to mitigate and adapt to climate change and to contribute to sustainable development and the reduction of poverty.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Environmental law; Energy; Nuclear power; Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Sustainability; Climate change; Mining; Water; Ports

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.

Ocean Recovery Alliance

Ocean management; Water pollution; Waste reduction; Ecosystem recovery

Ocean Recovery Alliance is a 501c3 registered non-profit in California, and is registered charitable organization in Hong Kong. Ocean Recovery Alliance strives to take a lead with a variety of existing stakeholders, leveraging each of their qualities and institutional capcities when needed, whil combining forces with the business and technology sectors in ways that have not been done before.


Biodiversity conservation; Sustainable fisheries

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices around the world work together to win strategic, directed campaigns that achieve measurable outcomes that will help make our oceans more bio diverse and abundant.

Oceans 5

Integrated coastal management; Habitat protection, restoration and management

Oceans 5 makes direct grants, leverages matching grants, provides in-kind services and shares strategic guidance – all to support our grantees. We focus on projects and campaigns to constrain overfishing and to establish marine reserves. We are inspired by projects that are significant and strategic, particularly if they provide tangible and lasting benefits to the world’s oceans. We prefer projects that engage multiple organizations working toward common objectives over discrete periods of time. We welcome the opportunity to work with potential grantees to help develop ideas and strategies.

P&A Asia

Environmental compliance; Khmer-English translation

P&A Asia is a leading law firm in the Kingdom of Cambodia. Each of our practice areas is highly regarded, and our lawyers are recognized for their commitment to the representation of our clients’ interests. We are not, and do not strive to be, the largest law firm measured by number of offices or lawyers. Our goal is to be the firm of choice for our clients with respect to their most challenging legal issues, most significant business transactions and most critical investments. Because we want to provide our clients with more than just outstanding legal services, we invest in getting to know the environments in which they operate. We offer our sector knowledge through our various cross-practice teams.

Pacific Risk Advisors Ltd (PRA)

Risk management; Sustainability; Climate change; Stakeholder engagement; Social responsibility; Energy; Regulation; Energy; Health and safety; Impact assessments; Environmental surveys

Pacific Risk Advisors Ltd (PRA) is a risk management consultancy specialising in the Sustainability Risk Management (SRM) needs of the Asia Pacific business community.

Our aim is to enhance the overall performance and value of a company, investment or fund through managing and reducing sustainability related risks. These risks include regulatory compliance, climate, carbon, energy, environmental, health, safety, labour, community aspects, operational, corporate and reputational.

Our Advisors have extensive experience from working internationally and conducting a multitude of projects throughout the Asia Pacific region. Our combined experience covers a wide variety of industries, sectors and approaches including real estate, distribution, logistics, manufacturing, technology, mining, processing and chemical. We advise Senior Management, Directors, Boards and Project Managers in concise and practical ways to achieve their selected goals.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Energy; Natural resources: Oil and gas; Regulated markets; Low carbon innovation; Nuclear power; Renewable energy; Hospitality; Shipping; Transport; Waste management; Water

We guide a diverse range of multi-national clients through transformational change. So when you need to know whether to press ahead with major change, we’ll give you an answer, not a 15-page note. Our lawyers don’t need to sit on the fence. They know the answer and they’ll tell you.

Pollution Abatement System Specialist (PASSI)

Waste management; Pollution control

Pollution Abatement Systems Specialists, Inc. (PASSI) is one of the most dynamic health care facilities in Cebu today. With office located at Room 211 Geson Bldg. D Jakosalem St. Cebu City and our Plant located in White Road, Inayawan, Pardo, Cebu City and another plant in Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa Palawan catering Palawan region. We conduct business not just in Cebu but throughout the central and southern Philippines. PASSI is engaged in Health Care Waste and Septage Treatment, Hazardous Waste Collection and Transporting, Environment Management Systems, Pollution Control Systems & Solid / Liquid / Gaseous Management Services, Material Recovery facility and Black Soil production.

responsAbility Investments AG

Investment; Impact investing; Agriculture; Energy; Finance

responsAbility Investments AG is one of the world’s leading asset managers in the field of development investments and offers professionally-managed investment solutions to both private and institutional investors. The company supplies debt and equity financing to non-listed firms in emerging economies and developing countries. responsAbility currently has USD 2.6 billion of assets under management that is invested in around 535 companies in 93 countries. Founded in 2003, the company is headquartered in Zurich and has local offices in Paris, Lima, Mumbai, Nairobi, Hongkong, Bangkok and Oslo. Its shareholders include a number of reputable institutions in the Swiss financial market as well as its own employees. responsAbility is registered with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.

Sixense Soldata

Infrastructure; Soil; Structural monitoring; Geotechnical and environmental risks; Transport; Water; Oil and gas; Energy
David Le Goff: david.legoff@sixense-group.com

With 20 years of experience across the world and 400+ people operating out of 19 countries, SIXENSE Soldata provides risk mitigation solutions supported by high quality instrumentation and monitoring services. We detect, measure and model structural, geotechnical and environmental behaviour for owners and contractors. Our edge is our ability to transform data into information.

SLP Environmental Co., Ltd - An ASEAN Environmental Consultancy

Risk management; Impact assessment; Contamination management; Environmental impact assessment

SLP Environmental is an award winning ASEAN consultancy providing premium quality environmental, social & occupational health & safety services throughout South East Asia and beyond. At SLP our guiding principle is ’Environmental Improvement through Technical Excellence’ and this philosophy underpins our commitment to developing cost-effective and sustainable solutions that realise our clients objectives whilst also benefiting the natural environment and local communities.

SSEK Legal Consultants

Environmental law; Energy; Mining; Geothermal generation; Oil and gas; Environment; Forestry; Shipping

SSEK is one of the largest independent law firms in Indonesia and one of the most highly regarded law firms in the country. Our attorneys combine the highest levels of local and international expertise and experience in-house, expertise that is continually updated and enhanced through further advanced training and education, both in Indonesia and abroad.

In terms of quality, we only know one way to do our job - correctly, professionally and to international standards. We concentrate on being thorough, applying the highest standards of integrity, never taking shortcuts or taking chances on the unknown. Our overriding priority is looking after our clients' interests. We understand not only the legal environment as it affects clients, but also their business and the business environment in which they operate. The amalgamation of skills and holistic focus means that many clients consider SSEK's role to be not just that of a legal representative, but also that of a trusted partner - the first point of reference and a reliable source of guidance.

The Nature Conservancy

Biodiversity conservation; Research; Climate change; Local collaboration

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

The Nippon Foundation

Protecting the ASEAN sea; Basic human needs; Human resources development

The Nippon Foundation was established in 1962 as a non-profit philanthropic organization, active in Japan and around the world. Initially our efforts focused largely on the maritime and shipping fields, but since then the range of our activities has expanded to education, social welfare, public health, and other fields—carried out in more than 100 countries to date. Together with our more than 20 partner organizations in Japan and worldwide we are funding and assisting community-led efforts aimed at realizing a more peaceful and prosperous global society.

The Ocean Foundation

Integrated coastal management; Habitat protection, restoration and management; Sustainable fisheries; Coral reefs; Marine mammals; Ocean acidification; Ocean leadership

The Ocean Foundation is a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. The Ocean Foundation works with donors who care about our coasts and oceans to provide financial resources to marine conservation initiatives through the following lines of business: Committee and Donor Advised Funds, Field of Interest grantmaking Funds, Fiscal Sponsorship Fund services, and Consulting services. The Ocean Foundation's Board of Directors is comprised of individuals with significant experience in marine conservation philanthropy, complemented by an expert, professional staff, and a growing international advisory board of scientists, policy makers, educational specialists, and other top experts. We have grantees, partners and projects on all the world’s continents.

The ReefBase Project

Research; Information sharing; Reef management; Sustainable fisheries

ReefBase gathers available knowledge about coral reefs into one information repository. It is intended to facilitate analyses and monitoring of coral reef health and the quality of life of reef-dependent people, and to support informed decisions about coral reef use and management.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Agriculture and food security; Democracy, Human rights; Good governance; Economic growth and trade; Education; Ending extreme poverty; Environment; Climate change; Gender equality and women's empowerment; Health; Water and sanitation; Working in crises and conflict; U.S. Global Development Lab

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.


Agriculture; Forestry; Energy; Mining; Oil and gas; Information and communications technology

VDB Loi is a leading pan-Southeast Asian law and tax advisory firm with offices in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and a liaison office in Singapore. The firm presently comprises 8 partners and over 100 lawyers and advisers.

VDB Loi focuses on a wide range of legal areas, but is particularly experienced in foreign direct investment, corporate M&A, real estate law, international trade law, taxation, employment law and immigration, regulatory and licensing, energy law, banking law and project and asset finance. The firm assists clients in various industry sectors, such as TMT, energy and infrastructure, financial services, oil and gas, consumer, manufacturing, transport, and real estate.


Agriculture; Culture; Information and communications technolgoy; Economy; Education; Environment and ecology; Government and civil society; Health; Infrastructure; Industry and technology

VLIR-UOS supports partnerships between universities and university colleges, in Flanders and in the South, looking for innovative responses to global and local challenges.

VLIR-UOS funds cooperation projects between professors, researchers and teachers. VLIR-UOS also awards scholarships to students and professionals in Flanders and the South. Lastly, VLIR-UOS helps to strengthen higher education in the South and the globalisation of higher education in Flanders.

WSP Group - Asia Pacific

Public private partnerships; Transport; Asset management; Green building; Wind engineering; Environmental due diligence; Social imapct assessment; Sustainability; Energy; Climate change; Waste management; Water; Energy

We develop creative, comprehensive and sustainable engineering solutions for a future where society can thrive. Equipped with an intimate understanding of local intricacies, world-class talent and proactive leadership, we plan, design, manage and engineer long lasting and impactful solutions to uniquely complex problems.

Our strength is our ability to adapt to our client culture and local markets. We provide our clients with the same personalized services as a specialist firm while at the same time leveraging our worldwide expertise to undertake the most complex projects and assist our clients to realize their ambitions. We achieve this by remaining agile, with a common-sense approach, and by keeping our structure and business model simple and lean. Our focus on growth also allows us to better serve our clients by expanding our offering, expertise and geographical reach.