Collaboration between The Lancet and University College London, UK, has resulted in the second UCL Lancet Commission report. The report analyses how health outcomes are part of the complexity of urban processes, drawing attention to the part that urban planning can and should play in delivering health improvements through reshaping the urban fabric of our cities.
Retrofitting surface water management can provide exciting opportunities to manage local flood risk, diffuse water pollution and can deliver urban design and amenity benefits. To encourage the uptake of retrofit solutions, CIRIA recently published Retrofitting to manage surface water (C713) guidance. This guide deliberately challenges many of the current conventions applied to managing surface water runoff and puts urban design at the heart of future solutions. The new guide deals with the engineering aspects of retrofitting surface water management measures, covers the organisational and governance aspects of drainage and looks at the need for adequate funding. The guidance also focuses on appraisal approaches, how different agencies can work better together, public expectations and why delivering multiple benefits are important. Three launch events were held in Bristol, London and Leeds, and delegates gained an overview of the work completed and how this has drawn on experiences from both the UK and overseas. Presentations from the London event are available on video while interviews with a number of industry experts can be seen here.
Revised guidance on the selling of vacant social housing homes has been published by the Homes and Communities Agency. It provides guidance on the revised procedures for gaining the Regulator’s consent to the disposal of social housing and other land, and introduces changes to the process by which the Regulator will approve programmes of disposals.
The 24th Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for South Asia and the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific. Chiang Mai, Thailand, 3-5 May 2012
At this meeting, the World Tourism Organisation presented the analysis of its long-term forecast for international tourism, Tourism Towards 2030. Special emphasis was placed on the latest findings in the Asia-Pacific region. Presentations and background information are available online.
The World Tourism Organization organised this meeting in order to introduce the main findings of the recent UN research on tourism as a green economy sector and highlight the main challenges and opportunities facing the public and private sector. The conference also aimed to present national experiences on how sustainable development of tourism and green economy can go hand-in-hand with sustaining economic development in Asia and the Pacific. Presentations are available online.
Adaptation futures: 2012 International Conference on Climate Adaptation. Tucson, Arizona, 29-31 May 2012
Co-hosted and convened by the University of Arizona, and by UNEP’s Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), the conference focused on adaptation to climate variability and change. The conference brought together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners from developed and developing countries to share insights into the challenges and opportunities that adaptation presents. It provided a showcase for cutting-edge research from around the world, focusing on themes of equity and risk, learning, capacity building, methodology, adaptation finance and investment, and ecosystem based adaptation approaches. Abstracts are available online.
This publication contains articles on sustainable building design and refurbishment in Scotland. This issue covers: flexible solar cells; environmental assessment of domestic laundering; Low technology/high performance architecture; and housing innovation showcase.
This report outlines data and travel trends showing the potential impact of the London Olympic Games on inbound travel to London during the period 23rd July 2012 to 12th August 2012. The analysis is based on all reservations stored in the ForwardKeys database with an arrival into London during this period.
The Project Bank Account (PBA) User Group has developed a guide which provides clients procuring construction work with information on introducing PBAs on projects, which will speed cash flow through the supply chain. The development of the guide follows the Government Construction Board’s decision that Government should move to a position where PBAs are adopted as the default position unless there are compelling reasons to do otherwise. The forthcoming report of the Standards and Lean Supply Chain Task Group recommends that the impacts of PBAs are monitored over time, as the programme is rolled out. This report, due for publication in July, is also expected to make recommendations around the value proposition and health and safety.
This paper from the Overseas Development Institute argues that despite significant overlaps between climate change and development they are rarely linked through policy. It also sets out to explain why reconciling the two agendas has been so difficult at a practical level, and suggests how Rio+20 could start to bridge the gaps between the two.