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Sustainable Development Goals – Feasible, desirable or a leap too far? London, 8 May 2012

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At this event convened by two of the UK’s leading international development organisations, the Overseas Development Institute and the Institute of Development Studies, a panel of experts discussed the desirability and feasibility of SDGs and explore how they might fit into the wider context of what replaces the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. Audio files from the event are available online.

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Designing public sector interventions to mobilise private participation in low carbon development: 20 questions toolkit

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This Working Paper from the Overseas Development Institute lays out a ‘20 Questions Toolkit’ for those in the public sector who are involved in designing interventions at the project and programme level, to assist them in effectively engaging the private sector in low carbon development.

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Ready or not: Assessing national institutional capacity for climate change adaptation

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This report introduces the National Adaptive Capacity (NAC) framework, a tool to help governments bring institutional capacity development into their adaptation planning processes. The NAC framework enables its users to systematically assess institutional strengths and weaknesses that may help or hinder adaptation. National adaptation plans may then be better designed to make best use of strengths or remedy weaknesses. The report describes three pilot assessments conducted using the NAC framework in Bolivia, Ireland, and Nepal.

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2012 Middle East Hotel Survey: The impact of the Arab Spring

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Looks at the impact of the recent political instability in the Middle East on the hotel market. This paper highlights regional macroeconomics, visitation characteristics, performance indicators and major developments, reinforcing the resilience of the region.

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Madrid vs Barcelona: Market overview

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The article deals with the hotel and tourism markets in Madrid and Barcelona, reviewing 2011 data and comparing with previous years. The reader will learn about visitation, performance, supply, especially the five-star segment in both cities.

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RICS launches new construction standards. London 24 April 2012

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At this event the RICS released new guidance for quantity surveyors and other members working in the construction sector. The guidance includes an updated version of New Rules of Management (NRM) 1: Order of Cost Estimating and Cost Planning for Capital Building Works and the new NRM 2: Detailed Measurement for Building Works alongside two new guidance notes looking at conflict avoidance and dispute resolution and retention, which will form part of the RICS construction standards (the Black Book).

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Investigating the impact of economic reforms on the construction cost management system in China

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This report examines the impact that the introduction of  economic reforms have had on cost management practices in the Chinese construction industry. The enormity of this change presents many challenges in terms of cost engineering education, professional development and professional standards. The changes also present many opportunities for cost management professionals both within China and around the globe as the market is now open to international participation. Accordingly, the aims of this report are to examine how the industry has managed this rapid transformation in cost management practices, to identify the main issues and problems and to develop recommendations to help address these issues and problems.

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UK Residential Land and Planning 2012

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Developers are reporting that the availability of debt for land purchase and development has deteriorated rapidly in recent months, with implications for housing delivery, according to the latest survey from Jones Lang Lasalle.  The industry does not anticipate significantly increasing delivery in response to planning reforms, but has higher hopes for the government’s NewBuy Guarantee scheme. The report aims to provide some clarity for developers, funders and planners.

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Delivering energy efficiency in London

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Future of London is an independent not for profit organisation focused on developing skills and capacity across the urban regeneration sector in London, through the provision of training, policy briefings and new analysis. It has published a report, supported by EDF Energy, which warns that London faces a big challenge to make the most of the Government’s new approach to improving energy efficiency through the Green Deal and ECO programmes. The report also emphasises the critical role London boroughs will play in delivering the forthcoming Green Deal, and recommends that they play an active role in supporting the scheme. It also outlines ways in which boroughs could encourage consumer demand for the Green Deal.

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Local Sustainability 2012

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The aim of the Local Sustainability 2012 study is to document the variety of local processes for sustainability that have emerged globally since the 1992 Earth Summit. Local initiatives, many of them inspired by Local Agenda 21, have made a lasting mark not only on local but also on national and international governance systems, changing profoundly the way we think about sustainable development and pushing the boundaries of what is achievable. Taking into account current discussions on the international governance framework for sustainable development, one of the key themes of the Rio+20 Conference, the main focus is on placing local sustainability initiatives within a broader national and international context, in order to identify opportunities and barriers to scaling up local action. With this in mind, the following questions are addressed:

What are the main driving forces behind local sustainability processes? How do different driving forces influence the development of local sustainability processes?

What are the key reference frameworks that influence the scope and ambition of local action? How are these frameworks developed and what is their impact on the local level?

Looking at two decades of local sustainability processes, what changes have they brought about? How has the role of local governments changed, on the local, national and international level?

Looking into the future, the study proposes a list of recommendations to leaders at the national, international and local level.

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