TerraScale is developing a global portfolio of projects.
TerraScale is developing a global portfolio of projects.
European regional policy puts into practice solidarity between the peoples of Europe. Strengthening economic, social and territorial cohesion by reducing developmental disparities between its regions is a fundamental objective of the EU and laid down in its Treaty.
The financial means set aside to achieve this objective represent more than one third of the EU budget between 2014 and 2020. While concentrated on the poorer regions and helping them to catch up faster, cohesion policy investments have a significant impact on the competitiveness of all regions and on the living conditions of their inhabitants.
Globalisation, climate change, population aging, external immigration and the need for sustainable energy supply are challenges for the European territory which transcend national, institutional or policy borders. Europe has to find common solutions to these challenges in partnership with national, regional and local levels. They impact directly on regional and local communities and they require that public and private partners work together and fi nd practical and integrated solutions.
The policy’s added value extends beyond growth and jobs. Cohesion policy “levers in” and safeguards compliance with other Community policies – be it in the field of state aids, environment, transport, support for innovation or the information society. Last but not least, it improves and modernises public administrations, to enhance transparency and foster good governance. Mapping Europe’s needs and challenges is not enough. European regional policy has the potential to turn common challenges into opportunities.
One of the most important, but complex ways to realize infrastructure projects is to use Public-Private Partnerships. PPPs are a special type of cooperation between the public and private sectors aimed at carrying out long-term investment projects in the social and infrastructure sphere, particularly where it is important to retain an element of public sector oversight or control over the service or asset(s). Typical PPP projects involve the construction/reconstruction of transport infrastructure (airports, roads, railroads, tunnels, bridges), public buildings (hospitals, schools, museums), utilities (water supply, wastewater, waste processing), energy, and also operation and maintenance of these facilities.
In PPP projects, the private sector commits to developing, building, and financing facilities, and operating them in accordance with the parameters and standards established by the government. In return, the private sector is paid by the public sector, with the amount dependent on results achieved (services provided). In some projects, this payment (or part of the payment) comes from the revenues generated by the commercial operation of the facility.
PPP projects which require operational and maintenance service provision provide the private sector with strong incentives to minimise costs over the whole life of a project, something that is inherently difficult to achieve within the constraints of traditional public sector budgeting.
A core principle of any PPP is the allocation of risk to the party best able to manage it at least cost. The aim is to optimise rather than maximise risk transfer, to ensure that best value is achieved.
1000minds has myriad applications across all sectors, including government, business, nonprofit, health and academia. Depending on the application, 1000minds is intended for use by individuals, small groups working together and for surveys involving potentially 1000s of participants.
1000minds has been used by corporate and government organizations around the world, including the World Health Organization, Google, US Treasury, Deloitte Australia, NZ Ministry of Health and others.
Academic engagement is also very important to 1000minds. 1000minds is used for research and teaching at 420+ universities and other research organizations worldwide, resulting in 1000+ papers, projects and post-graduate degrees.
GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE BASEL is a Swiss Foundation based in Basel that focuses on investments in infrastructure projects which lead to more inclusive, sustainable and resilient communities and ecosystems.
IMPPPACT AFRICA is the program to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through People-First Public Private Partnership (PPP) Infrastructure.
PROJECT ENERGOS is TerraScale’s global plan to design, develop, finance, build and manage the infrastructure required to accommodate our planet’s rapid increases in data usages, enable a heightened response to emergencies and power our planet; all in a resilient and sustainable fashion.
THE DREAM EXPRESS – Rail Cruise Europe is a unique experience which combines a hotel train and travel agency in one. The program is aimed at foreign visitors (tourists) who come to Europe in order to see, discover, experience multiple locations in a short period of time.
The total rail journey of RCE is 14 days along the entire route. The initial departure once every 15 days starts in Berlin, passing through 13 European capitals and 11 countries – The European Tour. The journey offers a unique mix of cultures, sightseeing and fine cuisine in each location as well as stunning views aboard the train.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS – Paths to Inner Peace was originated a few years ago, when active citizens around H.H. Claude Kalume Mukadi, Dah Vignon, Prince of Abomey/Benin came together to discuss what is probably most needed in our time and how the great challenges facing our planet can be overcome. The answer was: Peace. We think: For centuries it was demanded that the others should behave peacefully. Unfortunately, this has not led humanity to peace. It is time to start with ourselves and set out on the path to inner peace. This will then establish itself in the families and work its way into the world. But that is not enough: our commitment to peace is accompanied by a model project in the area of regional development. The focus is on the dissemination of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations and their implementation. In order to set a visible sign to the outside world and thus expand our network, we donate peace bells.