Pacific Management Óhana (PRiMO), Honolulu, Hawaii

posted 23 Apr 2015, 15:28 by Bodeker Scientific   [ updated 23 Apr 2015, 16:52 ]
Pene Lefale attended PRiMO (www.promohui.org) held at the Honolulu Conference Centre, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 24 to 26, 2015 in his role as Senior Advisor to the PRiMO Leadership Committee. PRiMO began in 2004 as an effort to explore opportunities to enhance communication and collaboration among the Óhana (family) of organizations involved in risk and emergency management. Since then, PRiMO has transformed into a collaborative consortium of local, national and regional organizations committed to strengthening the resilience of Pacific Island communities to climate and weather-related hazards, including hazardous events such as oil spills and disease outbreaks. 

PRiMO is comprised of six huis (Working Groups):
  • Communications
  • Health Security
  • Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment (IKE)
  • Information Access and Geospatial Technology
  • Training and Education
  • Risk Assessment and Planning
It includes individuals from government, academia and the private sector and non-profit sectors. Together, the PRiMO Hui are creating a platform for resilience that harnesses collaboration, resource sharing and collective action in the Pacific Islands region. 

The theme of PRiMO 2015 “The Rising Pacific: Currents of Change and Solutions to Resilience” highlighted communities and projects that are engaged in finding solutions to disaster management, climate change and sustainability challenges in the Pacific region. More than 250 participants from diverse backgrounds attended, including representatives from state and federal agencies, non-profits conservation groups, and the business, health and industry sector. 

Lefale gave a talk on the Conference theme, focusing on the relevant outcomes of the UN Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Conference held in Samoa in September 2014 related to indigenous knowledge and practices for resilience: shared insights to guide our journey, on Wednesday March 25. One of the key follow up actions from PRiMO is the endorsement by PRiMO Council of the recommendation from the IKE Hui to publish a book on indigenous knowledge and practices for resilience. Lefale has been invited to author one of the chapters.

Informal consultations regarding the Review of the Pacific Islands Global Climate Observing System (PI GCOS) also took place during PRiMO. For more information on this Review, and the formal meeting that occurred following PRiMO, please see here.