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04 Jul 2017
Farming and traditional agriculture have rarely faced so much uncertainty. With inevitable changes to agricultural support on the near horizon, as well as environmental issues — flooding, soil erosion, nitrogen leaching — and challenges from pests and diseases, there is a real need to work more closely with nature to protect our critical land assets and maintain, if not improve, agricultural productivity.
10 Oct 2016
The world is changing. Population growth, big data, urbanisation and disruptive technologies are all having an impact on the built environment, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
05 Jul 2017
Urbanisation is placing increasing demands on our most precious commodity: water. What can we do to staunch the flow before it runs out?
Fiona Mannix, 16 Jun 2017
We recently attended the launch of the 2016 IPD UK Annual Forestry Index. The UK forestry sector currently contributes £2bn to Gross Value Added (GVA) annually and supports 79,000 jobs in rural locations.
Dave Ramsey, 19 Jun 2017
We're committed to developing a suite of data standards to help the digital world interact with data that represents information created by its professionals. We need your help.
Kim Bailey, 18 Jul 2017
The Lake District national park has been listed as a world heritage site, joining the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon in achieving one of the highest accolades on the planet.
Stephanie Bentley, 08 Jun 2017
For some time, the use of data and technology has allowed the assessment and understanding of building sustainability performance to be refined and used to deliver greater value in property development and operation. For example, advanced modelling of thermal performance at the design stage creates more efficient buildings during operation.
Tamara Hooper, 02 May 2017
The need for "rural-proofing" within Government departments that make decisions that impact upon rural areas and the rural economy was highlighted at our recent panel discussion co-hosted by Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy and ACRE.
Hew Edgar, 29 May 2017
The Scottish Green Party (SGP) has published a concise 15-page manifesto outlining key UK priorities with a focus on the greening of national policy, an alternate UK tax framework, and housing. Fielding just three candidates in Scotland, the SGP has concentrated its campaign target areas, and the same strategy appears to have been applied to their manifesto pledges.
05 Jun 2017
Will the policies of President Donald Trump derail the sector’s efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change? We hear three expert viewpoints.
13 Jul 2017
The Crown Estate has collected and shared data to encourage international investment in UK offshore renewables, as Marine Data Co-ordinator at The Crown Estate Chelsea Bradbury explains.
29 Jan 2015
The final report of Scotland's Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group was announced today by Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment. Here, Andrew Hamilton FRICS, Partner at Strutt & Parker, responds on behalf of RICS
23 Jun 2017
RICS Governing Council has taken a number of decisions to better equip it to set our strategy and ensure the appropriate level of oversight that our profession and external stakeholders would expect. Amongst the changes are a move to two Council meetings a year, timed to fit with our cycle of planning and performance reporting.
07 Apr 2016
Nigel Atkinson MRICS' career in land surveying has taken him from the wild landscapes of Peru to the ice-covered landmasses of Antarctica; Nigel tells us about his globetrotting career to date in his own words.
06 Apr 2017
To operate successfully, multinational companies are no longer just about profits; society demands they are transparent, ethical and, above all, responsible. Sustainability is a key consideration for many of these companies, not just because of their corporate responsibility remit, but also because making buildings more efficient makes for better business.
James Kavanagh MRICS, 18 Feb 2016
The developing world is undergoing a revolution in rapid, unstructured and unregulated urbanisation as rural populations flock to ever growing mega-cities. They’re looking to access better education, health care, employment and a new future for their children.
Claudia Conway, 01 Mar 2017
The Green Belt. Some say that we must protect it at all costs and others say it is an unnecessary and outdated constraint; whatever your view, it is an emotive topic, especially in the context of development. However, in a time when London is crying out for new, affordable homes, one question begs debate: why do we need a Green Belt?
Dan Hughes, 01 Dec 2016
The thought of autonomous vehicles (AVs) driving around our cities is both exciting and perhaps a little terrifying. They could alleviate heavy traffic conditions, create healthier citizens and go a long way in resolving some of the issues caused by the increased rate of urbanisation we are currently seeing.
29 Sep 2016
Dr Duncan Quincey associate professor in geomorphology, University of Leeds improved flood prediction by flying a drone on a glacier.
Laura Lindberg, 22 Dec 2016
During the last weeks of 2016, our commitment to bring transparency through International standards, professionalism and achieving global climate change targets in the built environment sector were highly profiled during and after our presence at COP 22. Find these and other newsworthy stories covered by the press:
Maarten Vermeulen FRICS, 26 Nov 2015
For many years, countries in Europe have played a critical role in paving the way towards a low-carbon economy, in line with the global climate policy agenda. As part of this process, along with our members, we've been working with policymakers at the European Union (EU) to formulate its Sustainable Building Policy.
Land governance is at the top of the 2030 global agenda for sustainable development and surveyors have a central role to play, says RICS Michael Barrett award winner Professor Stig Enemark.
Laura Lindberg, 20 Mar 2017
We joined forces with PropertyEU on 16 March at MIPIM by hosting a panel session on sustainability and the need for consistent and comparable data for valuers, property professionals, investors and occupiers across Europe.
Ursula Hartenberger, 25 Oct 2016
Our sector is complex. It has many stakeholders with different interests and needs and we often find that there is disconnect between delivery and operation as developers may not have a direct connection with end-users. This fragmentation is a problem.
James Kavanagh MRICS, 19 Mar 2017
There can be no denying that climate change is real. Perhaps for those of us lucky enough to live in geographies that have avoided some of its more devastating impacts it can seem abstract, but for those parts of the world least able to deal with the effects, the consequences have been disastrous.
© RICS 2017
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