ISET is engaged in both basic research and applied implementation activities, with a particular focus on the translation of global natural and social scientific insights into local contexts in a manner that improves understanding and enables action.

ISET-International’s activities combine knowledge generation, learning and the incubation of innovative strategies through pilot scale implementation. Our core activity areas are:

  1.  Knowledge and Innovation Research: Carefully targeted strategic research to identify innovative strategies for responding to critical issues facing humankind such as those related to climate change, water and other environmental resources, disaster risk reduction, development and poverty alleviation.
  2.  Methodology development: Developing the basic tools required to analyze, understand and respond to emerging problems in complex interlinked socio-ecological systems.
  3. Incubation Support: Provision of process, technical and other advisory support to local organizations implementing innovative programs for responding to climate change and other issues. In selected cases this extends to the direct implementation of innovative pilots by ISET-International itself.
  4. Evidence-based advocacy: Knowledge generated through research, pilot and other activities is used as key evidence to advocate for effective responses to emerging problems in local, regional and global forums. ISET-International’s advocacy activities are non-political and range from targeted publication in peer-reviewed forums to analysis of emerging policy.

In addition to research and direct support projects, ISET-International focuses on techniques for:

  • Shared Learning
  • Climate downscaling
  • Vulnerability Analysis
  • Resilience Planning
  • Economic Analysis including cost-benefit

Most of ISET-International’s current work is in South And South East Asia.

Severe flooding in Thailand

Financing from the Ground Up - Experiences in Adaptation Finance from Southeast Asia

Climate adaptation finance, a critical resource for developing countries, can sometimes be governed via national-level institutions that are disconnected from the contexts and needs of local people.

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Does Adaptation Lead to Development? - Pakistan

This poster is one of the posters featured at the CBA9 conferance 2015. For more information about CBA9, visit:

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Does Adaptation lead to Development? - Ethiopia

This poster is one of the posters featured at the CBA9 conferance 2015. For more information about CBA9, visit:

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Integrating climate change concerns into disaster management planning: The case of Gorakhpur, India

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Adaptation strategies to climate induced water stress and hazards in the Greater Himalayan Region

This project contributes to improved understanding of the consequences of climate change for the livelihoods of mountain people and downstream communities, particularly regarding access to water resources and vulnerability to water-induced hazards.

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Climate Resilience - Can Tho, Vietnam

This page describes the Climate Change Coordination Office (CCCO), which was established in Can Tho in 2011 (and Quy Nhon and Da Nang), with support from ACCCRN and the Can Tho People’s Committee

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