PRiMO Conference

2023 Conference

The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO)

April 3 to 6, 2023

Honolulu, Hawai‘i

PRiMO is celebrating 20 years! Join us to address questions of equity and inclusion, consider pathways to adapt to the changing climate, and share ideas, lessons learned, and resources. We invite you to share perspectives from across the Pacific Islands region and beyond, to deepen discussions on science and technology, and explore solutions for a resilient future.

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2023 PRiMO Conference Theme

Equity and Resilience in a Changing World

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

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Daily Full
January 18 - February 28, 2023 $225 $495
March 1 - 31, 2023 $250 $595
April 1 - 6, 2023 $350 $750
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Session topics will be based on the conference theme in the following areas:

  • Pre-disaster Planning and Preparedness
  • Housing and Infrastructure Resilience
  • Food and Water Security
  • Nature-based Infrastructure: Planning and Implementation

Sessions will be formatted as:

  • Talk Story
  • Working
  • Panel
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Draft PRiMO Agenda

Monday, April 3, 2023

  • 8:00am - 5:00pm Pre Conference Workshops

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

  • 8:00am Registration opens
  • 9:00am Opening protocols and welcome
  • 9:45am Group picture and break
  • 10:15am Concurrent sessions
  • 11:45am Lunch on your own
  • 1:00pm Keynote speaker
  • 1:30pm Concurrent sessions
  • 3:00pm Break and networking
  • 3:30pm Concurrent sessions
  • 5:00pm Opening night reception and poster session

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

  • 8:00am Registration opens
  • 9:00am Concurrent sessions
  • 10:30am Concurrent sessions
  • 12:00pm PRiMO awards lunch
  • 1:30pm Concurrent sessions
  • 3:00pm Break and networking
  • 5:00pm Community Night (open to the public)

Thursday, April 6, 2023

  • 8:00am Registration opens
  • 9:00am Keynote speaker
  • 9:45am Funding opportunities networking event
  • 11:30am Closing remarks and closing protocol
  • 12:00pm Pau
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Hotel Accommodation

Information on the hotel block is coming soon.

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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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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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