Pacific Risk Tool for Resilience, Phase 2 (PARTneR-2)
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Cook Islands | Republic of Marshall Islands | Samoa | Tonga | Tuvalu | Vanuatu
Hazard risk modelling tools can help decision makers to better prepare for and respond to disasters and to make sound economic and land-use planning decisions. PARTneR–2 will address a critical gap across the Pacific region in the availability and use of low-cost and easily-applied tools to support risk-informed decisions.
The three-year PARTneR–2 project aims to help countries in the Pacific become more resilient to the impacts of climate-related hazards. It builds on the pilot PARTneR project, which ran from 2016-2019.
PARTneR-2 will work across six Pacific Island Countries (PICs) to build capability to make risk-informed and effective development decisions. It will advance a shared understanding of the different needs for climate risk information and will co-develop national risk models and assessment tools with PICs.
The project involves collaborating with central government agencies to identify their risk-information needs and priorities, and developing the required skills and capacity within technical line ministries to deliver actionable information to meet these needs.
The PARTneR–2 project is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). It is jointly delivered by the Pacific Community (SPC) and NIWA, in collaboration with the partner countries.
PARTneR–2 will work closely with other partners and programs in the Pacific region to ensure efforts to inform risk-based decision-making are well aligned.
It will support PICs to deliver on the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The image below shows an example of modelled risks to buildings, roads and people from a 1 in 100 year flood on the Vaisgano River in Apia, Samoa:
- Working through existing cross-government coordination mechanisms to integrate risk-assessment information and tools into in-country processes.
- Enhancing collaboration and coordination throughout the decision-making process.
- Formalising governance arrangements for data and analysis.
- Developing fit-for-purpose information products.
- Building capacity and raising awareness across all levels of decision makers.
- Training and use of risk assessment software (utilising RiskScape, see box below).
- Further developing technical capacity within SPC to underpin and support PICs.
Country-level risk models will be developed through initial national capacity development activities that will focus on assessing cyclone-related hazard impacts.
Depending on datasets available and requirements of each partner country, risk information outputs will be customised to support information needs such as:
- Providing underlying exposure and risk information to support climate finance proposals.
- Developing reporting mechanisms for monitoring changing exposure and risk levels to inform local, national and international decision-making and reporting.
- Post-disaster, rapidly determining the level and extent of damage to support disaster response needs and priority areas.
Potential specific country activities (local and national) for integrating risk assessment into existing decision-making processes include:
- Impact-based forecasts for existing early warning systems.
- Land-use and development planning.
- Infrastructure strategic planning or risk assessment.
- Local disaster preparedness.
- For Tuvalu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, extending the drought risk work commenced under the PARTneR pilot.
The following diagram sums up how PARTneR-2 will help Pacific countries to make risk-informed decisions:
Risk information is being produced to support effective decision-making and reporting in PICs through collaboration with partner programmes.
PICs have the skills and knowledge to use climate risk information in their decision-making and reporting processes.
Regional and peer-to-peer support is available and coordinated across PICs.
National risk models for six PICs and regional capability is developed.
Climate-related risk outputs are defined and produced for key national and sectoral decision-making and reporting mechanisms.
Risk data collection and management is operational in six PICs in collaboration with aligned partner programmes.
Technical and end-user Communities of Practice (CoP) are operational within and between the six PICs and key regional support agencies.
View this information and case studies under the project as a StoryMap. Case studies include:
- Vaisigano Flood Decision Support System, Samoa
Juli Ungaro, NIWA, NZ
Tel: (+64) 4 382 1617
Email: [email protected]
Eileen Turare, The Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji
Tel: (679) 3379302
Email: [email protected]