Assessing City Resilience: Lessons from Using the UNISDR Local Government Self-Assessment Tool in Thailand and Vietnam

Authors: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International (ISET-International); Thailand Environment Institute (TEI); Vietnam National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies (NISTPASS)

This report presents the experience and findings that have come out of applying the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LGSAT) in four cities in Vietnam and Thailand. This tool was applied under the framework of the Mekong Building Climate Resilience Asian Cities (M-BRACE) program supported by USAID and the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) supported by Rockefeller Foundation.

Key findings include: planning for disaster risk reduction appears to be much further advanced than for climate change adaptation; assessment of hazards and risks is limited; urban land use planning remains an area of critical weakness; much of the effort around disaster risk reduction (and similarly around climate change adaptation) is based around physical infrastructure; and definitions of who might constitute vulnerable groups differed across stakeholders.

The final sections of the report explain how the findings of the LGSAT process and the vulnerability assessments have been taken up under the M-BRACE program, as well as recommendations for how climate change resilience can be incorporated within the tool.


ISET-International, TEI, & NISTPASS. (2013). Assessing city resilience: Lessons from using the UNISDR local government self-assessment tool in Thailand and Vietnam. Boulder, CO: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International.

Funded By: 

The Rockefeller Foundation; U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)


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