Global Mega Trends Part 2: Towards a More Urban World

Urban areas will absorb most of the population growth discussed in the first part of this series on global mega trends “Part 1: Diverging Global Population Trends”. By 2050, 67% of the projected 9.6 billion people on the planet will be living in cities. Increasing urbanisation is being driven by several key trends the most … Continue reading Global Mega Trends Part 2: Towards a More Urban World

Global Mega Trends Part 1: Diverging Global Populations Trends

Following some recent work reviewing long-term risks and opportunities in the construction industry I came across a publication from the European Environment Agency (2015) on the assessment of global mega trends. These are basically major shifts in economic, social or environmental circumstances which have the potential to change societies and impact on people and the … Continue reading Global Mega Trends Part 1: Diverging Global Populations Trends

What makes a successful Biodiversity Action Plan?

A Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) is designed to protect and enhance the biological diversity of an ecosystem. The original driver behind these plans was the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which has currently been signed by a total of 168 countries. All signatories committed to producing national biodiversity strategies and action plans as the … Continue reading What makes a successful Biodiversity Action Plan?

Biodiversity – why should business care?

Every business is in some way reliant on natural resources, including biodiversity. The diagram below shows the major risk areas, identified in the EMAS Biodiversity Guidelines 2016. All businesses should assess how they can impact on biodiversity and how biodiversity loss can impact upon their business. This blog will briefly outline each of the risk … Continue reading Biodiversity – why should business care?