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SIDS disaster Risk Reduction Portal

Many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the globe, face similar challenges concerning climate change and related socio-economic factors. The SIDS can benefit from an integral approach to climate-resilience, through sharing collective experience with water-related challenges and overarching multiple layers of implementation and governance structures.

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The SIDS Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Portal enhances ‘risk-reduction’ and ‘information and knowledge-sharing’ for Small Island Developing States by providing an access point for a range of available open data, information, tools and best practices. While the portal provides a uniform collection of data, enabling cross-country sharing of best practices, the unique characteristics and challenges of the various SIDS is acknowledged.

TRL3. Critical function: Proof of concept established
Active is initiated. This includes analytical studies and laboratory studies to physically validate the analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology. Examples include components that are not yet integrated or representative. In upcoming months (first quarter of 2018) we will develop a first version for four SIDS countries (St. Maarten, Curacao, Aruba and Surinam) focusing on information and knowledge transfer to support the SIDS with the preparation for extreme weather events, e.g. cyclones and very heavy rainfall. In the second version we extend the portal with additional functionalities and information for six additional SIDS-countries in the Caribbean and/or Pacific. We want to test and evaluate the first version during a field trip with students (schedule early spring 2018). The project is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Infrastructure, Public Works and Water Management of The Netherlands.

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The main components of the system have been tested separately, and an initial integration exercise has been conducted.

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The portal aspires to make public information and open data available. The information on the portal is ordered per SIDS country. The portal contains information on the relevant sea and/or inland related water threats for each SIDS, such as floods caused by heavy rainfall or typhoons and coastal erosion. The portal provides technical (hydrological and geophysical), meteorological, socioeconomical and financial datasets, models and reports. Furthermore, the portal is a platform to share and discuss knowledge and experiences regarding executed and running projects, and to explore project opportunities and project development, and discussion.

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Involvement of end users, and their willingness to use and support the final version.

Added value
The ‘SIDS-Portal’ adds value by enhancing ‘risk-reduction’ and ‘information and knowledge-sharing’ for Small Island Developing States by centralizing the wide range of available (preferred open) data, information, and tools. The portal aims to provide a uniform collection of data, enabling cross-country sharing of best practices.

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