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March 2017

Managing Indonesian Climate Risk

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Some exciting potential developments in one of the most under reported of Indonesia’s renewable energy resources.

Indonesia could be home to new tidal energy projects under plans unveiled today by DCNS Energies and PT AIR.

During a visit to Indonesia by the French President, François Hollande, the firms signed a Letter of Intent that will see them combine their complementary skills and capabilities to analyze and assess the commercial and economic conditions required to build a tidal energy industry. This will allow the two partners to develop a roadmap to ensure the creation of a sustainable Indonesian tidal industry.

DCNS Energies said it will bring its expertise in the development of marine renewable energy projects along with the experience of its subsidiary OpenHydro, the tidal technology company, in designing, manufacturing and installing tidal turbines in various maritime environments. PT AIR will bring its knowledge of the Indonesian tidal environment and of local development process and stakeholders.

“Over the last two years, we have been working closely with PT AIR to assess the most suitable sites for the development of tidal energy projects in Indonesia,” explained Hervé Guillou, CEO of DCNS group. “Today’s signing of the Letter of Intent, is a further step in our cooperation that will allow us to structure our organizations and industrial plans for the creation of a tidal industry in the country, with a high level of local manufacturing content”.

Panji Adhikumuro Soeharto, President Director at PT AIR, added: “Our ambition is to build a local tidal industry with economic and social benefits for Indonesia. In that purpose, our cooperation with DCNS Energies will be a serious asset to convince Indonesian authorities that thanks to its regularity and predictability, tidal energy is an investment that will contribute to fulfill Indonesia’s renewable energy targets as a maritime country”.


Original article: Water Power Magazine

Duty of Care

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Update March 28, 2017: The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO, confirmed on March 28, 2017, that the bodies of Zaida Catalán, a Swede, and Michael Sharp, an American, were found by UN peacekeepers near Bunkonde in Kasai Central province on March 27.



Nat Geo Launched a Free Website for Printing Detailed Topographical Maps

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The folks at National Geographic just did a solid favor for all the adventurous outdoor photographers out there. They put every US Geological Survey (USGS) topographical map from across the United States on one easy-to-navigate site and made them easy to print out at home.

If you’ve ever gone hunting topo maps via the USGS, you know that it can be a bit of a pain because, not only is finding the quad you’re looking for more difficult, the PDFs they have available aren’t formatted for standard printer paper.

The National Geographic website solves both of these issues. First, the homepage greets you with a searchable, interactive map: all you have to do is search for or zoom in on the area you’re looking for. Then, once you find your quad, just click on it and a printable PDF loads right up.

It’s incredibly easy. I pulled this one up in a matter of seconds.

The printable PDF you get from Nat Geo is broken down into 5 pages. Page 1 (seen above) is the quad in context; Pages 2-5 are the USGS Quads with one quarter on each page so you can print the whole thing on your office printer instead of going to a print shop.

Finally, National Geographic added one more touch to their version: hill shading was added to each quarter so you can better visualize the topography.

This isn’t going to be useful for all photographers, but if you’re a landscape or nature photographer in the United States who likes to rough it, it makes finding and printing these incredibly detailed USGS maps a breeze.

Check out the website for yourself here.

Comparing ISO 31000 (2009) with the draft ISO 31000 (2017) – Part 2

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A high level document

The revision for the ISO 31000 standard is to be finalized in 2017. In a series of articles we want to present and discuss the major changes that are to be expected. In Part 1 we discussed the introduction of the document and the new graphic lay-out of the framework and process of the revised ISO 31000 risk management standard (see figure below). It immediately shows what the intent of the revision is.

The update intends to make ISO 31000 a very concise high level document on risk management. It  is mainly achieved by reducing the level of information, keeping it to the strict minimum. This approach should be in concert with the ambition of ISO to develop a whole series of ISO 31000 documents, related to the different aspects of risk management. This similarly to the ISO 31004 and ISO 31010 documents that are already available at the moment. The idea is then for these supplementary documents to accommodate for any specific information regarding risk management which is not contained in the ISO 31000 document.


When looking at the section “Scope” in the revised standard, the reduction of the content is clearly visible. Instead of the scope being elaborated on half a page, it is now explained in less than 5 lines. This is mainly achieved by deleting large parts of the original text.

However, there are some remarkable changes in this draft 2017 edition. In the proposed version, ISO 31000 talks about “adaptable guidelines“, instead of “generic guidelines“. It also mentions that the standard is “to be used by any organisation“. This instead of the old phrase that the ISO 31000 standard “is not specific to any industry or sector“.


Maybe the most notable change in the scope is that the sentence “This International Standard is not intended for the purpose of certification” is no longer there. This leaves a door open for those who want to have a standard also to be used for certification.

Normative references

This is a new section in the standard. It only mentions that there are no normative references in the document. I suppose this is only to comply with the newer  formats ISO uses for its standards.

Terms and definitions

The major change in this section (at least to me) is the fact that the following sentence has changed.

“For the purpose of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.”

As this sentence was followed by 29 definitions that fully defined risk management the ISO 31000 way.

Now it goes as follows:

“For the purpose of this document the terms and definitions given in ISO Guide 73 and the following apply.”

As a consequence, now for ISO 31000 all definitions that are mentioned in the ISO Guide 73 apply. As the Guide 73 is to cover all ISO definitions regarding risk and risk management, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. It is to be noted that nothing of the wording of the actual definitions has been changed. The changes in the revision only concern the notes to the definitions.


The definitions still mentioned in the standard (… the following apply) are kept to a strict minimum and mainly those that have updated notes:

RISK (change for the notes), RISK MANAGEMENT (no change), STAKEHOLDER (no change), RISK SOURCE (change for the notes), EVENT (change for the notes), CONSEQUENCE (change for the notes), LIKELIHOOD (no change), CONTROL (change for the notes).

In general the changes are in the direction of a better wording and more complete coverage of what the notes want to convey. However, there’s one note that really catches my attention and that in my opinion can be improved. It is note 1 of the definition of risk.

“An effect is a deviation from the expected. It can be positive (sometimes expressed as opportunities), negative (sometimes expressed as threats) or both.”

The problem I have with this sentence is the parts between brackets. The content between brackets should be left out. Because in my opinion, opportunities and threats are (external) risk sources in the same way as weaknesses and strengths are (internal) risk sources. Although effects can also become risk sources, the way note 1 is phrased only leads to a short sighted view on what can be understood by effects.

For example, one could say that pursuing an opportunity, making use of ones strengths, while managing threats and weaknesses, can bring unexpected positive consequences. However, pursuing opportunities without managing threats and weaknesses and not building on strengths, can certainly bring about unexpected and unwanted consequences. The consequences are then the effects of uncertainty on the objectives related to the opportunity pursued.

So my proposal for note 1 is “An effect is a deviation from the expected. It can be positive, negative or both.”. There’s no need to add anything to that!

In general

In general, one can say “less is more” and this is certainly true for this revision. More interpretations are possible, more definitions come into play and more options in the use of the standard are provided (e.g. certification). The one remark I have is the note 1 on the definition of risk.

To be continued …


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