Cities as we know them are under attack thanks to Covid-19. Their growth, sustainability and ability to attract investment, tourism and talent are extremely vulnerable during times of crisis.
The region's two main finance hubs are moving quickly to adopt global best practice on sustainable finance. They recognise policy certainty in this area is necessary to drive investment into companies, particularly given Asia's distinct characteristics.
The Sustainable Development Goals – a set of 17 globally agreed-upon targets for the year 2030 – are clearly listed and appear to be easy to subscribe to. However, development planning and the implementation of development projects are never straightforward.
Amsterdam’s fig trees are showing why cities will play a vital role in the fight to stop the decline of biodiversity
Ever since humans started to create settlements thousands of years ago, many plant and animal species have struggled to survive. However, some have managed to find a new habitat inside and around urban areas. Could a change in human attitude towards nature help to halt the decline of biodiversity?
The race for cities to become 'smart' has been heightened by the Covid-19 pandemic, but with cybersecurity and other considerations to take into account, a more cautious approach may be advisable.
When Covid hit the Netherlands in 2020, Amsterdam emptied of visitors overnight. Long-term residents, inured to the permanent noise and litter and tourists peeing in the streets, welcomed the newfound tranquillity. The pandemic, they told the Washington Post, was “a blessing in disguise”.
The ease of reaching urban amenities underpins city life. A global research team compared access to jobs in 117 cities across the globe, including eight capital cities in Australia, and examined strategies that might improve transport in our cities.
Parks, gardens, woodlands and grass areas – people and communities use green spaces in myriad ways. Recent data has shown their social, economic and environmental benefits to society.
Kuwait City may not aspire to emulate the glitz of regional rivals such as Dubai, but through the Vision 2035 plan it is hoping to compete when it comes to FDI attractiveness.
Little of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 focuses on investment into Jeddah, but if the plan is to come to fruition the country will require more than just one economic centre.
The head of Rome's airport operator speaks about its unprecedented sale of a sustainability-linked bond. Although its scope is limited, the deal goes some way to prove sceptics wrong.