RIVA-SOS : Risk and Vulnerability Assessment to support Emergency Preparedness of SOS Children’s Villages International

Funding: Institutional Funding (SOS Children’s Villages International – Global Emergency Response Team)

Duration: 04.2017 – 03.2018

Website: https://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/emergency

Project Partners: Spatial Services GmbH


The University of Salzburg’s Department for Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, in partnership with the spin-off Spatial Services GmbH, establishes and implements a ‘Risk and Vulnerability Assessment’ (RIVA-SOS) service for SOS Children Villages International (SOS CV). The developed products and service aim to support SOS CV in their emergency preparedness activities in an integrated manner.

Current challenges of SOS Children’s Village International in Emergency Preparedness:

  • SOS CVs are vulnerable to increasing local and regional disasters, humanitarian crisis events (including migration) as well as the impact of climate change
  • SOS CVs have a status in communities as a place of safety and shelter
  • As a consequence, the demand for emergency preparedness and response services for SOS CV is expected to increase in the future

The overall goal of RIVA-SOS is:

  • to reduce the risk faced by project participants, staff and premises
  • to improve both the speed and efficiency of emergency response activities once required
  • to anticipate the needs of the local population in emergency situations with known risks and vulnerabilities
  • to allow the targeted prepositioning of life-saving material/contingency plans

Specific research input:

Z_GIS conceptualises and develops a series of mapping (risk, vulnerability, hazard, exposure) products and related process, which aims to integrate participatory elements. A number of mapping as well as integrated ‘products’ (such as factsheets) are developed, building on comprehensive data integration.

The following case studies are analysed:

  • Beira, Mozambique
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Tahoua, Niger
  • Lugansk, Ukraine
  • Managua, Nicaragua
  • Juba, South Sudan
  • Qodsaya, Syria
  • Chittagong, Bangladesh

Involved ISI staff: Dr. Stefan Kienberger, Linda Menk, Jonas Rugtvedt, Dr. Stefan Lang