Sun | Dec 16, 2018

JSIF spearheads national risk information platform

Published:Monday | April 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Stacey-Anne Preston, environment and project officer at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), highlights plans for the development of a National Risk Information Platform at a JIS Think Tank session.

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is spearheading the development of a National Risk Information Platform (NRIP), which will allow all risk data to be located and updated in a centralised platform that is available to government agencies and the public.

In an interview with the Jamaica Information Service, environment and project officer at JSIF, Stacey-Ann Preston, said that the NRIP will promote a culture of safety and risk reduction through the collection of targeted hazard and risk information. She noted that it will also involve the assistance of several government ministries, departments and agencies.

"This platform will enhance the data-sharing capacities to facilitate integration of information. We know that people have data, but we do not know what each person has and we do not want to reinvent the wheel and so ... this platform will enable the sharing mechanism to facilitate planning and development," she explained.

Preston said that a series of workshops and information sessions are being conducted to facilitate dialogue and obtain feedback from major stakeholders on the development of the NRIP.

"The sessions held so far engaged the parties and sparked discussions on the proposed platform to determine the type of data to be collected, how relevant the data would be to them, how they will be able to use it to guide or influence risk reduction and emergency management," she added.

This subproject being executed by JSIF involves direct partnership with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, which will be responsible for monitoring and managing the data, while the National Spatial Data Management Division will be responsible for hosting the platform.

The National Environment and Planning Agency will also play a role in providing solutions from the coastal and ecosystems-based assessments, which will be done on eight vulnerable areas.

These are Ocho Rios in St Ann; Black River, St Elizabeth; Savanna-la-Mar in Westmoreland; Portland Cottage, Clarendon; Morant Bay in St Thomas; Manchioneal, Portland; Port Maria, St Mary; and Alligator Pond in Manchester.

Preston said that the development of the NRIP is one of various initiatives being undertaken as part of the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project.