On 13 September 2017 ten participants attended a RiskScape training session in Samoa, with backgrounds ranging from within the statistics, agriculture, hydrology, geophysics, planning and urban management, fire services (first responder), and disaster management fields. The session was lead by Kate Crowley, Sheng-lin Lin, Titimanu Simi, Finn Scheele and Shaun Williams from the RiskScape team.
Key group sessions and topics covered included: Review/refresher of DRM terms and concepts; Review of the RiskScape software features and risk-associated data types and storage; Hands-on practice in using the RiskScape tool and subsequent results analysis via a tsunami scenario demonstration exercise; Hand-on practice in using RiACT to collect asset (building) data; Processing of collected asset data and re-running the tsunami demonstration scenario using the updated dataset; Group discussion on result applications within the DRR and land use planning contexts.
The training provided an opportunity to build the capacity and advance Samoa's community of risk practitioners in developing a deeper understanding of DRR as well as the use/application of risk modelling tools and subsequent results.
Whilst the tool is still in the process of being tailored via Samoa's chosen case studies, stakeholders involved in the process have indicated great interest in developing their skills and using the tool once it has been tailored, as well as potential sector-specific applications within the context of DRR planning and decisions.
The immediate next steps for Samoa under the PARTneR project will be focused on co-developing the tsunami case study which includes identification of hazard, asset and vulnerability models to be used.
The Samoan PARTneR Coordinator and an additional Samoan participant will undertake vocational training in NZ. Further developing the datasets associated with the Samoan landslide and tsunami case studies and the tropical cyclone case study under development.
A second advanced training is tentatively planned for implementation in the first quarter of 2018.