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Friday 25th October 2013
New training framework launched to help increase urban resilience
Cities Contributor: ISET-International

Urban planners and local governments around the world struggle to build the resilience of their cities in the face of rapid population growth and increasing risk from climate change.

To help urban planning professionals, decision-makers and civil society address this challenge, ISET-International has developed a toolkit called the Climate Resilience Framework: Training Materials, which builds off of the popular Climate Resilience Framework. These new tools have been pilot tested in ACCCRNmember cities across Asia, with a wide range of partner organizations. They provide solutions for communities and planners trying to ensure local preparedness and adaptability in the face of uncertain climate impacts or potential natural disasters.

The Climate Resilience Framework (CRF) is an analytical, systems-based approach to building resilience to climate change in urban areas. The goal of this structured framework is to build overall, networked city resilience capable of addressing emerging, indirect and slow-onset climate impacts as well as current hazards. ISET is using this framework with cities across Asia, Southeast-Asia, Africa, and South America to build local capacity for climate change resilience using Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, ARC and CDKN funding.

Training.i-s-e-t.org features materials developed by technical experts (climate scientists, hydrologists, economists, and social scientists) in collaboration with a qualified instructional designer, and tested with a diverse set of local audiences from different countries and cultural contexts. The toolkit features a three-part training series, case studies, policy briefs, technical reports, and additional instructional components.

 

Project lead and Senior Staff Scientist at ISET-International,  Karen MacClune said of the framework; 

“We haven’t just developed these tools as a theoretical model, we’ve refined them based on our engagement with the ACCCRN cities—tackling real problems with real people and seeing what worked. Our climate resilience framework looks simple, but the power of it has been quite extraordinary. This approach has supported people in developing a new way of thinking and provided a space for them to work collaboratively that, in many cases, hadn’t previously existed.

For example, using this new approach in Vietnam, the province of Binh Dinh’s climate working group developed and implemented a series of projects that highlight how climate risk is being generated as a result of poorly-informed planning.. In part due to the information generated, and in part due to the broad understanding and engagement required to generate that information, the project results have had a substantial impact.

With these launch of Training.i-s-e-t.org, ISET-International shares lessons from our engagement with cities across Asia and provides field-tested tools to help guide international stakeholders and communities in building a secure and resilient future.

 

While the training materials have been designed to allow users to work at their own pace we are also available for on-site training and group facilitation. For more information, please contact Karen MacClune directly at Karen@i-s-e-t.org.