ISET-International has long-term partnerships with established and emergent in-country organizations. These organizations bring local legitimacy, substantial implementation capacity, and strong intellectual engagement to the ISET Network. ISET-International is committed to supporting the capacity of in-country organizations as the primary mechanism for achieving a sustainable impact in local areas. Partners in the network complement each other in skills and perspectives and bring these together to conceive and implement programs.
GEAG is an NGO that undertakes development initiatives to impact positively the lives of the poor, deprived and marginalized through a people centered approach focusing on their participation, awareness and empowerment for sustainable development. GEAG uses the insights from research to identify and address gaps in policies that lower the resilience of the poor and marginalized. GEAG’s works show that local officials implementing national programs are unable to link policy provisions on resilience and development with local needs and priorities. However, GEAG’s work has demonstrated that programs such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and Food Security Mission could support implementation of local infrastructure (such as drainage or raising housing plinths and farm beds) in ways that build resilience. GEAG has established relationships with governmental agencies such as National Institute of Disaster Management and National Institute of Urban Affairs that are key avenues for learning and policy uptake. www.geagindia.org
TEI is a non-profit, non-governmental organization focusing on environmental issues and the conservation of natural resources in Thailand. Founded on the belief that partnerships are the most effective approach in achieving sustainable development and better quality of life, the Thailand Environment Institute advocates a participatory approach to shared environmental responsibility. TEI works with stakeholders across sectors to help formulate environmental directives and link policy with action to encourage meaningful environmental progress in Thailand. In this way, and by serving as a reliable and up-to-date information and knowledge resource, TEI works to advance sustainable development in the country, in the Asia-Pacific region, and beyond. www.tei.or.th
NISTPASS is the research organization of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Environment. It focuses on analysis and development of Science and Technology Policy and Strategy towards innovation and sustainable development. www.nistpass.gov.vn/en/
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a U.S., federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR’s mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related physical, biological and social systems; to support, enhance and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community – nationally and internationally; and to foster transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth. NCAR is the leading U.S. climate modeling organization and provides climate model output for use nationally and internationally. ISET-International collaborates with NCAR to use cutting edge climate science to inform on-the-ground development, adaptation and resilience building efforts.
ACWADAM is an NGO based in Pune, India. ACWADAM works on the science of groundwater management in different regions of India and the forward and backward linkages to groundwater resources, whether in drinking water, sanitation, agriculture, watershed management or Natural Resource Management in general. ACWADAM works closely with the ‘groundwater’ portfolio of India’s Planning Commission and chaired the working group on ‘Sustainable Groundwater Management’ for India’s 12th Plan that brings equity and sustainability as key values. This policy reorientation was necessary to deal with potential vulnerabilities of groundwater to warming climate in a rapidly changing economy and diverse social contexts and in the face of water and governance deficits. http://acwadam.org
Adaptive Resource Management is a private consulting firm that specializes in how to deal with emerging risks in climate resilience and ecosystem management. They have an international reputation for collaborative innovation in complex situations. They use their understanding of science, organizational learning and decision constraints, their skills in participatory inquiry, cross-cultural communications and shared learning, and their network of expert partner organizations, to investigate and deliver practical tools and strategies that leave clients better able to follow through on their own. They work with public and private organizations in Canada, and with international partners (primarily in Asia), who are committed to sustainability leadership. Their clients share a desire to plan for uncertainties, recognize the need for collaborative local solutions, and value learning and innovation. Key recent work with their partners (including ISET-International) assesses adaptability of policies in several sectors, develops conceptual frameworks and diagnostic tools for climate resilience in various applications, and builds capacity for resilience planning in local, national and international organizations. www.adaptiverm.ca
The National Institute of Disaster Management constituted under the Disaster Management Act 2005 has been entrusted with the nodal national responsibility for human resource development, capacity building, training, research, documentation and policy advocacy in the field of disaster management. Upgraded from the National Centre for Disaster Management of the Indian Institute of Public Administration on 16th October, 2003, NIDM is steadily marching forward to fulfill its mission to make a disaster resilient India by developing and promoting a culture of prevention and preparedness at all levels. http://nidm.gov.in