As part of the development process for a global research agenda for risk-informed development, this paper provides context, baseline information and a ‘state of knowledge’ on disaster risk science.

Development is vital for reducing disaster risk, yet many current development models are unsustainable and are instead driving and creating disaster risks.

Socio-Ecological Systems (SESs) play a fundamental role in determining the inherent capacities of rural communities located in and around natural systems like forest areas, as SESs are intricately linked with the environment.

This document presents a framework for the use of science and technology for disaster risk reduction and resilient development for Pacific Island Countries. It aims to support the implementation of both the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Framework for Resilient Development (FRDP).