Translating concepts of resilience and adaptation into local contexts requires effective planning strategies. ISET-International engages with local communities and government organizations at multiple scales to undertake strategic planning processes using shared learning and conventional planning techniques. This approach enables us to support local actors in analyzing and understanding the challenges they face and translating those into practical courses of action that reflect local governance, institutional and other factors. We have particular experience working with cities across Vietnam, India, Thailand and Indonesia through the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN). We have also supported development of the Local Adaptation Plans of Action (LAPA) across rural Nepal; these represent the primary strategy the government of Nepal is using to implement it's national adaptation plan with support from the United Nations and other international organizations. We have also applied this approach to post-disaster recovery in Pakistan and the USA.
Our approach emphasizes the importance of partnerships and linking with existing, established processes for effective resilience planning. This is particularly challenging because critical systems generally cross organizational and administrative boundaries. We work to foster interaction, dialog, and shared strategy development across the rural-urban continuum and bring together approaches to urban and rural planning that have generally been addressed in isolation. This is essential because urban and rural areas now depend on multiple interlinked, interconnected energy, communication, transport, food, water, and human systems that are not bounded by established administrative units.