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Assessing city resilience: lessons from using the UNISDR Local Government Self-Assessment Tool in Thailand and Vietnam

Source(s):  Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET)
National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies (NISTPASS)
Thailand Environment Institute (TEI)

This report reviews the outcomes and findings from applying the UNISDR Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LGSAT) in four cities across Thailand and Vietnam. The LGSAT is designed to help cities reflect on and assess their own capacity for disaster risk reduction. By creating a space for dialogue and assessment around key capacities, the LGSAT enables cities to understand their vulnerability and start making changes to address them.

The four cities that this report focuses on, Hat Yai and Udon Thani, Thailand and Hue and Lao Cai, Vietnam, are all involved in long-term resilience building processes through the USAID funded Mekong–Building Climate Resilience in Asian Cities (M-BRACE) program or the Rockefeller Foundation funded Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN).

While there are interesting specific findings that come out of each city, this report also focuses on some of the common themes and trends that emerged from reviewing the results across all four cities. The ability for the LGSAT to convene and support dialogues around these issues has been one of most significant outcomes. Both within individual cities as well as within the M-BRACE and ACCCRN processes, the LGSAT is influencing ways of thinking and acting. As these programs progress, continued attention to the issues raised in the LGSAT may offer a chance for influencing long-term positive change in cities.



 
 
  • Assessing city resilience: lessons from using the UNISDR Local Government Self-Assessment Tool in Thailand and Vietnam
  • Publication date 2013
  • Number of pages 40 p.

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