By Michelle Fox, Director of Art + Communications

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 ACCCRN member 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. 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.

Thoughts from the Project Lead, Karen MacClune, Senior Staff Scientist:

“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.”

Binh Dinh’s request to revise their urban master plan

The long-term urban development Master Plan for Binh Dinh province was approved several years ago at the highest levels of the Vietnamese national government. But in September, 2013, the province formally requested that the plan be revised. This revision would redirect urban expansion towards the uplands district of Van Canh to the west of the city, rather than towards the closer, but low-lying river delta area in Tuy Phuoc District. This decision came after 3 years of local government partners using the Climate Resilience Framework and related materials, to identify vulnerabilities and define the need for more detailed planning studies. These studies showed that Tuy Phuoc district would be highly vulnerable to disastrous flooding from changing flood risks and future sea level rise due to climate change.

Our goal

With these launch of, 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

These materials were made possible through funding provided by the Rockefeller Foundation as part of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), USAID as part of the Mekong-Building Climate Resilient Asian Cities (M-BRACE) program, the American Red Cross and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).