Responsibility in High Dynamics

Strategic Disaster Planning

Source: ICMA. Those who work with communities in the aftermath of natural disasters see the importance of advance planning firsthand. Disaster plans save time, money, headaches and, ultimately, they can save lives. In short, planning makes disasters less disastrous. And yet, it can be difficult for communities to prioritize disaster planning, particularly for those with limited time, budget, or staff. These communities can also be hit the hardest when a disaster does strike. One of the biggest challenges we see […]

Acceleration on Disaster Reduction Sendai Framework

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR), European Commission and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) seek to accelerate the implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework, in order to reduce the impact of natural disasters. The scope is that disaster resilient development needs to be imbedded into all public investment strategies by transforming the commitments, made by policy makers and stakeholders, into national and local action and to accelerate regional implementation and monitoring. “The intensity and frequency of […]

US is not ‘us’ anymore

 By Jack Kruf. The decision of president Trump (another one per decree and not via political and democratic debate and decision lines) to undo existing policies, pledges and contracts related to the commonly Paris agreed and signed innovative climate change approach, must give other countries reason to reconsider the trustworthiness and credibility of the United States. To say it blunt. From this decision more public risks will emerge and continue to do so, according most of the leading NGO’s, universities and research institutes. […]

Climate breaks multiple records in 2016, with global impacts

By World Meteorological Organization The year 2016 made history, with a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017. WMO issued its annual statement on the State of the Global Climate ahead of World Meteorological Day on 23 March. It is based on multiple international datasets maintained independently by global climate analysis centres and information submitted by […]

Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016

Europe’s regions are facing rising sea levels and more extreme weather, such as more frequent and more intense heatwaves, flooding, droughts and storms due to climate change, according to a European Environment Agency report published today. The report ‘Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016’ by the European Environment Agency assesses the latest trends and projections on climate change and its impacts across Europe and finds that better and more flexible adaptation strategies, policies and measures will be crucial to […]

Vers l’e-citoyenneté et l’e-administration

Quels risques pour les collectivités? Compte-rendu d’atelier par PRIMO France. Introduction L’édition 2016 du Congrès du Syndicat National des Directeurs Généraux des Collectivités Territoriales a permis à PRIMO France de présenter et rappeler lors d’un atelier l’importance des cyber-risques et les enjeux majeurs qu’ils représentent dans le Service Public, en partenariat avec Marsh France. Vous trouverez en cliquant ici un compte-rendu détaillé de l’intervention de M. Gérard Combe, Président de l’association PRIMO France et de M. Thomas Graiff, Responsable Secteur Public chez Marsh France. […]

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, to facilitate collaborations between University of Malta entities and individuals interested in climate change issues, and to promote research and […]

The Global Competitiveness Report

Source: World Economic Forum. We face a large challenge—how to build a more prosperous and inclusive world for all. As a flagship effort of the Forum’s System Initiative on Economic Growth and Social Inclusion, The Global Competitiveness Report serves as a tool for public-private collaboration on long-term competitiveness agendas contributing to this objective. From the perspective of the Global Risks Report this report highlights governance and management approaches which can be helpful in reaching values and objectives on one hand and […]

Uncertainty

By Jack Kruf A week ago, the United Kingdom voted for Brexit. ‘We are out’. The buzzword last week was  ‘uncertainty’, coming from the mouths of thousands of politicians, citizens and business leaders. The last seven days it was by far the most mentioned issue, word, context with huge consequences for the market. ISO defines risk as ‘the effect of uncertainty on objective’. Well, here we are. Risks affecting society – public risks – are about social and economic performance, professional and political […]

EU Migration Crisis Update

According PRIMO one of the main public risks is  – caused by the way we manage the migrants in a very slow and non-systemic way – the harm we do to the resilience and self respect of individual humans and their integration in public society. This update by Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) is an impressive and in depth story of ourselves. It proofs once again that risk management is still lacking momentum and is considered mainly from a higher ground perspective. Still public […]

High and Dry: Climate Change, Water and the Economy

By World Bank Group From Executive Summary: “The impacts of climate change will be channeled primarily through the water cycle, with consequences that could be large and uneven across the globe. Water-related climate risks cascade through food, energy, urban, and environmental systems. Growing populations, rising incomes, and expanding cities will converge upon a world where the demand for water rises exponen- tially, while supply becomes more erratic and uncertain. If current water management policies persist, and climate models prove correct, […]

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 2500. “That is literally remapping how the planet looks from space,” says study co-author Rob DeConto, a geoscientist at 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 and Comino have an area of 67 km2 and 3 km2 respectively. The climate of the Maltese Archipelago is typically […]

Oscar Winner Leonardo DiCaprio on Climate Change

Source The Washington Post. On Sunday night while accepting a long-anticipated Oscar for best actor, for his role in “The Revenant,” Leonardo DiCaprio seized the moment to highlight the plight of the planet. (video outside US residents) “Making “The Revenant” was about man’s relationship to the natural world,” DiCaprio said. “A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow.” >>    

Stunning Acceleration of Sea Level Rise

The scientists reported in a paper published Monday 22nd of February 2016 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they have greater than 95 percent certainty that at least half of more than 5 inches of sea level rise they detected during the 20th century was directly caused by global warming. If we stop polluting now the rise will be additional 9 inches to 2 feet. That would trigger serious flooding in some areas, and worsen it in others. On page […]

Global Risks Report 2016

The Global Risks Report 2016 has been published on the14th of January 2016. In its 11th edition the World Economic Forum: “The report draws attention to ways that global risks could evolve and interact in the next decade. The year 2016 marks a forceful departure from past findings, as the risks about which the Report has been warning over the past decade are starting to manifest themselves in new, sometimes unexpected ways and harm people, institutions and economies. Warming climate […]