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Vlaanderen investeert in expertise in blauwe en diepe energie

De Vlaamse regering maakt 735.400 euro vrij voor het project Blue Accelerator in Oostende. Er komt een testplatform op zee in de nabijheid van de haven van Oostende dat breed inzetbaar zal zijn voor het testen van golf- en getijdenenergie, offshore wind en ondersteunende technologieën zoals drones en rov’s (remotely operated vehicles of onderwaterrobots). POM West-Vlaanderen: “De Noordzee is een […]

Deltares: “Gevolgen versnelde zeespiegelstijging hacken”

Deltares, 18 april 2017. Drie meter zeespiegelstijging binnen honderd jaar en nog eens vijf meter honderd jaar later. Nieuwe studies laten zien dat de Antarctische ijskappen veel sneller voor een zeespiegelstijging zorgen dan eerder werd gedacht. Zulke sterke zeespiegelstijging roept vragen op: zijn er grenzen aan de klimaatadaptatie in de Nederlandse Delta? Waar krijgen we mee te maken als de […]

ISO 31000:2018

De nieuwe versie van ISO 31000 werd gepubliceerd op 15 februari 2018.  Er zijn enkele verbeteringen ten opzichte van de vorige versie. Zo zijn onder meer de clausules ‘Framework’ en ‘Process’ beter afgestemd, zijn duidingen waar mensen zich niet comfortabel bij voelden, zoals ‘Level of Risk’, ‘Risk appetite’ en ‘Time frames’ verwijderd en de stappen ‘Risk evaluation’ en ‘Risk treatment’ […]

De waarde van weerstand

PRIMO Vlaanderen. Door Wouter Van Dooren en Eva Wolf | Pelckmans Pro De waarde van weerstand gaat over de besluitvorming rondom de Oosterweelverbinding, het project om de Antwerpse Ring te sluiten. Ondanks talloze studies, meerdere verkiezingen en ontzettend veel creativiteit en burgerenergie, werd de Oosterweelknoop pas ontward na een beleidsproces van 20 jaar en meer dan een decennium aan conflict. Waarom […]

Public-private partnerships

By John O’Dea*,  Timesofmalta.com. The PPP Knowledge Lab defines a PPP as “a long-term contract between a private party and a government entity, for providing a public asset or service, in which the private party bears significant risk and management responsibility, and remuneration is linked to performance”. A fundamental feature in PPP is that normally the government does not own the infrastructure, […]

Leadership failures

By John O’Dea. We in Europe believe that our democratic system provides the foundation for a great set of principles and values that lead to good public governance. Public leadership is embedded within this, at least we think it is fair to say we ‘believe’ this. One might even say we have believed this for a long time since democracy […]

Malta Seminar: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

Trends and Economic Challenges in Malta as part of the ‘Climate Change Research Seminar Series’. Date: Tuesday 29th November 2016 Organisation: by the Climate Change Research Platform of the University of Malta* and PRIMO** Venue: IT Services Building, Room VC102, Malta University The Climate Change Platform (CCP) was set up, under the auspices of the Islands and Small States Institute, […]

Health and Safety Risk Management Review

PRIMO: This approach and methodology of Risk Management Partners and Gallagher Basset can result in a systematic and thorough picture of the actual health and safety aspects in a public organisation. It above all gives input for concrete management measures. The processes review and implementation are well interlinked and based on practical experiences. It is a tool for proactivity. Source: Risk Management Partners Overview […]

UK Cyber Risk Survey Report 2016

Source: Marsh Despite a 56% rise in boardroom ownership of cyber risk, the majority (64.6%) of UK firms are still failing to conduct or estimate the financial impact of a cyber attack, according to Marsh’s UK Cyber Risk Survey Report 2016. The report – which is based on the responses of risk professionals and CFOs from large and medium-sized corporations from […]

The Institute for European Studies

In preparation of the Malta Think Tank ‘From Global to Local’ PRIMO agreed to a dedicated partnership with The Institute for European Studies to address and elaborate the specific theme of climate change. This institute within the University of Malta is focused on multi-disciplinary teaching. It runs an evening Diploma course, as well as full-time courses leading to the Bachelor of […]

Antarctic model raises prospect of unstoppable ice collapse

Source: Nature Choices that the world makes this century could determine the fate of the massive Antarctic ice sheet. A study published online this week in Nature1 finds that continued growth in greenhouse-gas emissions over the next several decades could trigger an unstoppable collapse of Antarctica’s ice — raising sea levels by more than a metre by 2100 and more than 15 metres by […]

Creating Public Value

By John O’Dea* Public value is defined as “using government assets to produce a good and just society”. The term was first mooted in 1995 by Mark H. Moore – Hauser Professor of Non-Profit Organisations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government – in his book Creating Public Value (Harvard University Press). Public value in public sector management is the […]

Climate Change in Malta

An article from the Malta Resources Authority, published in 2012, but more than ever actual: “The Maltese Archipelago (Malta, Gozo and Comino) covers a total land area of approximately 320 km2 and a 140 km coastline. Malta, which is the largest of the three islands, has an area of 245 km2 (and a coastline of approximately 100 km), while Gozo […]

Structurele bevindingen uit de eerste detectie-audits bij OCMW-besturen

Op 15 maart 2106 publiceerde Audit Vlaanderen haar rapport inzake de wijze waarop een ernstig fraudegeval zich bij een bepaald OCMW- bestuur heeft kunnen voordoen. Uit deze audit bleek dat diverse oorzaken aan de basis lagen van het specifieke fraudegeval. De belangrijkste oorzaak was evenwel dat de mogelijkheden tot functiescheiding en de functionaliteit “begunstigdenbeheer” in de gehanteerde nanciële software niet benut […]

Transition énergétique

la rénovation thermique des bâtiments s’organise. La maîtrise de l’énergie dans les bâtiments publics et les copropriétés est l’un des défis majeurs de la transition énergétique pour les territoires et l’un des axes prioritaires du projet de loi porté par Ségolène Royal, ministre de l’Écologie, du Développement durable et de l’Énergie. Des Epl immobilières et d’aménagement déjà en place ont […]

Oslo has joined the dozens of cities pledging to divest their holdings in the fossil fuel industry

“Two years ago, the online advocacy group 350.org launched a campaign to persuade investors to move their money away from the fossil fuel industry. By 2014, according to a study by the University of Oxford, it was the fastest growing divestment movement in history – and last month, Oslo became the first capital city to pledge to divest from coal, […]

Public Perceptions of Climate Change as a Human Health Risk

Surveys of the United States, Canada and Malta International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health “We used data from nationally representative surveys conducted in the United States, Canada and Malta between 2008 and 2009 to answer three questions: Does the public believe that climate change poses human health risks, and if so, are they seen as current or future risks? […]

Migrant deaths may force Europe policy change

Times of Malta The outrage Europe’s leaders face over the deaths of hundreds of refugees trying to reach its shores may force a shift in a policy critics decry as letting people drown to deter others in desperate need. The moat that the Mediterranean forms between Fortress Europe and less fortunate neighborus may become slightly less forbidding, even if the […]

Scientist warns: ‘it will still take years to heal’

The Guardian The lessons of a landmark moment in climate research have not been learned. It is popularly viewed as one of the greatest environmental success stories of modern times. Exactly 30 years ago, UK scientists announced they had discovered a hole in the ozone layer in the atmosphere above Antarctica. The hole threatened to spread, allowing increased levels of cancer-causing […]

Control interno de las entitades del sector publico local

11 de marzo 2015, COSITAL Hoy ha llegado oficialmente al Consejo General el texto del Proyecto de Real decreta,  por el que se regula el régimen jurídico del control interno de las entitades del sector publico local que ha elaborado el Ministerio de Hacienda y Administraciones Públicas en desarrollo de lo establecido en la Ley 27/2013  de 27 de diciembre, de […]

Malta failing in climate change preparation

November 9, 2008, Times of Malta Malta has failed to prepare a plan on its climate change impact, vulnerability and adaptation – unlike other Mediterranean countries that “have prepared quite extensive climate change assessments”, according to the European Environmental Agency. In a report entitled ‘Impacts of Europe’s changing climate’, the EEA states that the Mediterranean is one of the regions […]

Why Crossrail is a triumph for risk management

April 10, 2015, Strategic Risk Risk management has been central to the success of Europe’s largest infrastructure project, owing much to sustained engagement with the board and senior management. At the end of March, Europe’s largest construction venture, Crossrail, initiated the final stages of building a 42km tunnel network under London. Six years ago, the project began with the construction […]

Mapping high-level corruption risks in Spanish Public Procurement

High-level corruption and fraud has had an increased impact on the social and political debate in Spain, especially since the beginning of the financial crisis when several cuts in social spending were made. Greater attention is being paid to where and how the government spends its public funding. This paper explores the extent and forms of political corruption in Spanish […]