PARTneR (Pacific Risk Tool for Resilience)
Working with Pacific communities to predict, plan and prepare for the harm caused by disasters, using RiskScape, a software programme which estimates impacts and losses from natural hazards.
What is RiskScape?
What would happen to your home in a cyclone or volcanic eruption? If you knew this ahead of time, what could you do to reduce the impact before it occurred?
Developed by NIWA and GNS Science to help people understand the impacts of a natural hazard event, RiskScape is a free software programme which performs a complex calculation simply and quickly without needing specialist modelling knowledge - think of it as a giant calculator. PARTneR is working with Samoa and Vanuatu to tailor RiskScape to their needs and to model the effects to estimate impacts such as damages, human losses, economic costs, and displacement times. Governments can better avoid, prepare for, or respond to future disasters by using RiskScape.
On 16-19 October 2018, the Understanding Risk Finance Pacific Forum took place in Port Vila, Vanuatu, bring together policymakers, financial risk managers, and development partners from the region and around the world, to strengthen regional collaboration on climate and disaster risk finance in the Pacific.
URf Pacific was co-organized by the Government of Vanuatu – Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) and the World Bank’s Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program (DRFIP) as part of the PCRAFI Program, which supports regional efforts to strengthen the financial resilience of PICs through generous contributions from Canada, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
A talk was given by Paula Holland (PARTneR project leader): Quantifying Risk: Leveraging Models to Build Resilience; a joint session with Daniel Raizman from AIR Worldwide.
7 November 2018
A conference has been held recently for experts in the mineral resource sector from the Pacific region to talk about how to prepare and mitigate the threats of climate change on natural resources.
16 July 2018
A new Geonode website launched by the Pacific Risk Tools for Resilience (PARTneR) Project in Vanuatu will assist the Government in decision-making on disaster management.
6 July 2018
PARTneR is managed by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in collaboration with six partners: the Samoa Disaster Management Office; the Vanuatu Disaster Management Office working with the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department; the Republic of the Marshall Islands; GNS Science and the Pacific Community – Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division.
PARTneR is a three-year project (2016 - 2019) funded through the New Zealand Partnerships Fund, administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Find out more about PARTneR recent publications, reports and case-studies outputs.
For further information:
Paula Holland, Project Manager