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Resilience is the capacity of a system to deal with change, and continue to develop, even thrive. In human systems this is linked to our ability to adapt to changing conditions through learning, through innovative technology and ideas, and when needed, through transformations. Climate variability, sea level rise, increased population, limited resources, globally dependent markets, pandemics, extreme weather events, and natural disasters, assure that changes will happen. Some of these changes may be profound, and fast moving or abrupt.

The Resilience System and local Resilience Network provides a collaboration and information sharing environment focusing upon a resilient response by social ecological systems to these changes. At essence, the utility of the Resilience System is a connected and expanding social network of individuals and organizations, integrating social science, natural science, and humanities, to provide insights and best practice tools and action, for a resilient response to disruptive change in the linked systems of humans and nature.

The Resilience System and component Resilience Networks:

- Provides a collaborative environment encouraging capacity building at local, regional and international levels, focused upon managing environmental, social and economic shocks, and awareness of system no-return points, to avoid crossing their thresholds, or to be able to delay, or successfully adapt to the shocks and changes.

- Leverages existing and emerging technology -- including Geospatial Information System (GIS) products, and mobile services -- to better understand the dynamics of coupled social-ecological systems.

- Facilitates information sharing among, and between, transgovernmental institutions, local people, NGOs and established governance, to address social-ecological systems changes.

- Encourages mitigation and precautionary measures that involve local social and cultural assests, including grassroots localized information,  to develope contextual and behavioral resilience solutions that work.

- Recognizes the essential value of horizontal and vertical connections and networks that link across different levels of social and political organization, as essential in a resilient response to increasingly toughter challenges due to climatic and ecological changes that impact the health and well being of human systems.

The Vietnam Resilience System is coordinated  by the Hanoi based, Center for Environment Research Education and Development (CERED) in cooperation with other organisations both domestic and international.

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