PRiMO Conference

About the Conference

The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO) conference is the premier venue for community leaders interested in protecting Pacific Island communities from natural hazards. Each year, hundreds of participants gather to make connections, learn from each other, discuss ongoing initiatives, and design action plans.

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The diverse group of attendees includes heads of state, representatives from business, nonprofits, and environmental groups, and concerned citizens. Topics range from water quality to disaster management and economic sustainability. This diversity and collaborative focus is what makes PRiMO work. People and organizations must work together if communities are to become more resilient. The action plans must be far reaching if Pacific Island natural resources, quality of life, infrastructure, homes, economic framework, and citizen health and safety are to be preserved. This is a tall task that requires inhabitants of the region to work and learn together. PRiMO provides that opportunity.

PRiMO conferences offer at least 25 different sessions, many led by distinguished leaders and innovators. Field trips and preconference training sessions provide opportunities to increase professional skills and gain firsthand knowledge about active hazard-reduction activities. Participants return to their organizations with new skills, information, ideas, contacts, partners, and perspectives. They leave better equipped to find the creative solutions today's coastal hazard challenges require.

Each conference has a community resilience-focused theme. Attendees are encouraged to submit an abstract, for it is through sharing with one another that we all become stronger!

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Assembly of Planners and PRiMO Joint Conference in Guam

August 18th - 19th, 2021 Chamorro Standard Time

We are pleased to announce the Bureau of Statistics and Plans, Guam Coastal Management Program 6th Annual Assembly of Planners Symposium and the Guam Pacific Risk Management Ohana (PRiMO) conference held at the Dusit Thani Resort in Tumon, Guam on August 18 and 19, 2021* respectively. For agenda, registration, and keynote speakers, please visit the event website.

*Due to time zone differences, the event takes place on August 17th and 18th for Hawaii and U.S. Mainland participants.

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The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO) 2022 Conference

Date to be confirmed.

Honolulu, Hawai‘i

2022 Theme: Equity and Resilience in a Changing World

Since PRiMO last met in 2020, the threats of climate change and the importance of social and environmental justice have sharpened in focus. We must re-envision fundamental questions of risk, vulnerability, and equity and consider new pathways for a more resilient future for all Pacific Island communities.

PRiMO’s 2022 conference will convene to address questions of equity and inclusion, engage on longstanding challenges that produce disaster, and boldly consider pathways to adapt to the changing climate. We again invite the sharing of perspectives from across the Pacific, plan to deepen discussions on science and technology, and will explore solutions to better prepare for the future for all who live and work in the Pacific Islands region.

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Past Conferences

Did you know the first PRiMO convening was the Federal Hazard Mitigation Partners in the Pacific Islands Roundtable in March 2003? Since then, we’ve been holding meetings and conferences almost every year in Honolulu, Guam, American Samoa, and other locations. Learn more about our history and view past meeting and conference materials on the Our History page.

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