Planning and science combine to win NZPI award for risk reduction in Vanuatu

On Friday 7 April, Beca was awarded Best Practice – Non-Statutory Planning for their collaborative efforts in disaster and risk evaluation in Vanuatu at the 2017 annual New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) Awards evening held in Wellington.

The NZPI award for Best Practice in Non-statutory Planning is awarded based on outstanding creativity, innovation, and service for a community and/or environment.

The ‘Vanuatu Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction Project’ brought together a strong team of planners, modellers and hazard mapping specialists from Beca, GNS Science and NIWA, in partnership with the Vanuatu Government, to better understand and respond to natural hazards impacting the region.

Graeme Roberts, Technical Director – Planning, said the cross disciplinary approach was key in the successful delivery of the project.

“Our team combined the best expertise in the complex science of risks and hazards, and an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing small island states in the Pacific, to provide practical, robust and easy to communicate information about the complexity of risks and hazards,” Graeme said.

“The project will allow the Vanuatu government to make evidence based planning decisions on where to live, work and develop land,” he said.

“We’re thrilled to be recognised by the NZPI with this Best Practice award and hope that our approach of strongly graphical outputs, easy to read GIS maps and disaster relief systems can help future Pacific communities.”

Watch our video submission below.

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