Through analysis of more than £11bn of assets, IPD and leading London property consultancy, Colliers International, have collaborated on a comprehensive analysis of the investment performance of West End offices. This research covers the period June 2013-June 2014 and reflects the continued buoyancy of the sector.
This report summarises much of the work done by, and for, the Climate Change Group of the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) between 2011 and 2013. The ENCA Climate Change Group is made up of experts in climate change and ecology from government conservation agencies across Europe. The aim is to further promote the integration of the findings of impacts and adaptation research into conservation practice, and help conservation practitioners learn from the experiences of colleagues dealing with similar conditions, issues, threats and opportunities in other parts of Europe.
Environmental management presents major challenges and a variety of obstacles stand in the pathways to solutions. These obstacles, however, also present opportunities, and this lecture, delivered on 15 September 2014, explores some of these.
‘Changing Planet’ is a Stockholm-based research cluster advancing the integrated understanding of the interacting social, ecological and technological forces that shape our Earth. Researchers at Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Beijer Institute and the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Program are working with international collaborators on the global dynamics and cross-scale linkages between humans and the rest of the biosphere.
The prospectus sets out the detail of the funding and bidding process of the rent to buy scheme. Funding is available for schemes outside of London. Bidders have the flexibility to repay the loan at any time but must retain and let the homes at affordable rent for a minimum of 7 years post completion. They must also repay the loan no later than 16 years after construction of the funded homes.
For years communities across the world have suffered the devastating effects of flooding. It is likely that climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of many of these flood events, and population growth – especially in coastal cities – is putting more people in harms’ way. The instinctive response to increased flood risk is often to call in the engineers and build flood defences. However a new book calls into question this model for managing flood risk, suggesting that is ineffective, and that it is based on an out-dated model of assessing climate risk. The 43-page book, commissioned by Wetlands International and written by Fred Pearce (news editor at the New Scientist), takes the reader on a journey to three large river basins in India, Mali and Senegal where Wetlands International improves water resource management and the condition of wetlands to make communities more resilient to extreme weather events and impacts of climate change.
During 2013 VisitBritain commissioned research designed to further understand the planning, decision making and booking cycle of international leisure visitors to Britain. The findings are set out in the September 2014 issue of VisitBritain’s Foresight publication.
Ten months after Typhoon Haiyan: Lessons from the response and how to prepare for the future. London, 12 September 2014
The Overseas Development Institute hosted a panel discussion on the lessons that can be learned from the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan, the largest typhoon ever to make landfall, which hit the Philippines in November 2014. A report of the meeting and a video are available online.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has published a new set of guidance for facilities management professionals. The ethical procurement and supply guidance notes are the latest in a series of new and improved guidance to support standards and professionalism in facilities management. This document outlines the importance of ethical procurement and supply, and also provides guidelines to assist those procuring goods, works and services.
The September 2014 edition has a strong focus on the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the 2014 Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments, and showcases the inspiring work driven by cities across the world.