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Pacific Islanders and resilience practitioners can now access information on disaster and resilience for free through a new platform called the Pacific Resilience Nexus that was launched today after a two-day Resilience Learning Event hosted by the Pacific Community (SPC) in Suva, Fiji.
The Pacific Resilience Nexus is an integrated web-based data/information platform for all Pacific disaster and resilience knowledge resources and will be managed by SPC’s Disaster and Community Resilience Program.
The Nexus has been developed to strengthen multi-hazard risk information systems and knowledge sharing to support risk-informed decision making.
“We hope it will provide easier access to knowledge and information, that will help you in your work. It will also have links to national disaster management platforms and will also include data from sectors in the resilience area. This work commenced about 2 years ago, and we are happy to be at this point today, to officially launch Pacific Resilience Nexus,” said Rhonda Robinson, Acting Director for the Pacific Community's Geoscience, Energy and Maritime (GEM) Division.
The Nexus platform is a useful tool for both technical and non-technical users. Enabling the sharing of knowledge and information to support resilient development. Combining functionalities of linking users to various platforms housing similar information such as geospatial and tabular data, knowledge products and communication tools to visualize this information.
“We’re proud to be supporting the Nexus Project in collaboration with SPC and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat,” said Iretomiwa Olatunji, Acting Resident Representative for the World Bank in the South Pacific. “This is an important boost to ensuring more people have greater access to climate and disaster risk information when they need it, which will ultimately contribute to better informed decision making and more resilient Pacific communities”.
“Support for the Nexus platform is part of our larger commitment in the region; with resilience projects and initiatives across the Pacific.”
The development of Nexus was delivered through the SPC’s Pacific Resilience Program (PREP), a World Bank-funded program that aims to strengthen early warning systems and resilient investments in participating countries (Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu).