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ISET's Work

ISET-International's Work

ISET-International's work focuses on understanding social and environmental change processes, including climate change and urbanization, and supporting adaptive responses to the fundamental challenges such processes pose for society and marginalized populations. Our work brings together basic theoretical and scientific information from research on complex systems and agents with social engagement, local knowledge, and shared learning to catalyze both practical changes at the local level and the growth of applied knowledge. ISET-International’s current projects cover the following themes:

  • Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change   
  • Strategic Approaches to Water Resources Management
  • Urban/Peri-Urban Systems
  • Disaster Risk Management


Resilience to Climate Change

Climate Change Resilience & Adaptation

The challenges of a changing climate are complex and constantly shifting within dynamic environmental and socioeconomic systems. Several of ISET-International’s current projects focus specifically on assisting vulnerable communities in identifying strategies that build resilience against climate change, prioritizing, and implementing those strategies.

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Urban/Peri-Urban Systems

Urban/Peri-Urban Systems
Cities have high population densities within political and administrative units where the capacity of local ecosystems to provide the basic food and water requirements of the city are exceeded. Urban systems (water, food transportation, etc.) are comprised of complex interrelationships between multiple factors - social, cultural, political, economic, geographic, organizational, and bioenvironmental - that influence urban populations. In many parts of the world, however, there is not a neat separation between rural and urban areas. A rural-urban continuum of rural/urban livelihoods, communication, transport and economic systems exists, giving rise to peri-urban areas that are neither purely rural or urban. Both urban and peri-urban regions are highly complex and experience the burdens of a changing climate from multiple directions and forces.

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Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Risk Reduction

Natural hazards contribute greatly to endemic poverty around the world. Socially and economically marginalized families often have no option other than to live in areas highly exposed to certain hazards, and find it difficult to reconstruct livelihoods following disasters. Climate change will alter the frequency and intensity of major climate-related hazards such as floods, droughts and heat waves, while causing slow-onset seasonal changes as well as variation in overall temperatures and rainfall. In order to ensure poverty reduction and positive development gains, it is necessary to take a multi-hazard approach which considers both current and likely changes in the nature of certain hazards.

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Coming Soon!

We will be launching a new website platform in April 2014!

The new platform will feature new content about our programs and products.

New Release:

Actions on Urban Climate Change Resilience

Video: Learning From Floods Part 2

On the Blog:

Economics of Storm Resistant Shelters

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ISET in Asia

ISET-International is an international organization with members representing their own countries and regions.  ISET-International has offices and associates across South and Southeast Asia, and partners and donors worldwide. Currently,  ISET-International ’s work is primarily focused in China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand & Vietnam.

ISET Contact Information

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Boulder, Colorado 80304, U.S.A.
Tel: 720 564 0650 / Fax: 720 564 0653

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