Program Locations: India: Gorakhpur, Indore, and Surat; Indonesia: Bandar Lampung and Semarang; Thailand: Chiang Rai and Hat Yai; Vietnam: Can Tho, Da Nang, Quy Nhon
Project Duration: May 2008–December 2013
Project Lead: Marcus Moench, President (Phase 1, Phase 2); Ken MacClune, Senior Staff Scientist (Phase 2); Richard Friend, Senior Staff Scientist (Phase 3)
ACCCRN is a network of ten core cities in India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, experimenting with a range of activities that will collectively improve the ability of the cities to withstand, prepare for, and recover from the projected impacts of climate change. (ACCCRN.org)
The ACCCRN program is a unique initiative to understand and support urban areas in building climate resilience. The program’s work in cities in India (Surat, Indore, and Gorakhpur), Indonesia (Bandar Lampung and Semarang), Vietnam (Da Nang, Can Tho, and Quy Nhon), and Thailand (Hat Yai and Chiang Rai) provides practical insights into the processes and outcomes that contribute to urban climate resilience. The ACCCRN program was a new and innovative approach for program partners. City representatives worked with diverse local stakeholders in novel ways to ensure that outcomes were directly relevant.
ISET-International’s role in the ACCCRN program included:
The capacity to learn and reorganize in the face of future uncertainty lies at the heart of ISET-International’s understanding of resilience. As such, a critical role for ISET-International has been working with country coordinators and city stakeholders to assess and reflect on the process of building resilience. This has involved targeted capacity building and learning activities, participatory documentation and write shops, city-to-city learning exchanges, and collaborative production of a range of documentary products.
Phase 1: ISET-International provided support to ARUP in city selection and initial engagement and worked with the Rockefeller Foundation and Phase 1 ACCCRN partners to develop an initial conceptual approach for the program.
Phase 2: ISET-International oversaw city engagement in all ten ACCCRN cities, developed a conceptual framework for engagement, provided technical and conceptual guidance to on-the-ground implementing partners and city partners, managed the budget, and, through a participatory writing process, produced peer-reviewed and grey literature papers documenting the engagement.
Phase 3: ISET-International supported engagement with government officials from multiple departments, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and community organizations to foster a process of learning along with an assessment of urban climate vulnerabilities and planning for building urban climate resilience. In Gorakhpur, Can Tho, Da Nang, and Quy Nhon, ISET-International worked closely with city partners to develop a range of city-level intervention projects (disbursed through and managed by country coordinator organizations) for building urban climate change resilience. In Thailand, ISET-International provided technical support to the Thailand Environment Institute and city partners in Chiang Rai and Hat Yai to strategize resilience building efforts and to document local level learning.
ISET-International staff from all four ISET-International offices
Liz Fabjer, Senior Social Development Adviser, DFID, U.K.
The materials below are outputs from this project. All materials can also be viewed under the main menu item "RESOURCES".
This project was funded by and in partnership with:
Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG)
TARU Leading Edge Private Ltd.
National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Study (NISTPASS)
Challenge to Change
Thailand Environmental Institute (TEI)
The cities of: Gorakhpur, Indore, and Surat, India; DaNang, CanTho, and QuyNhon, Vietnam; Chiang Rai and Hat Yai, Thailand; and Bandar Lampung and Semarang, Indonesia