Europe’s transboundary flood risk management plans
Sep30

Europe’s transboundary flood risk management plans

In 2007, the European Union’s Flood Directive entered into force requiring Member States to assess if all water courses and coastlines are at risk from flooding, to map the flood extent and humans and assets at risk in these areas and to take adequate and coordinated measures to reduce this flood risk. The overall aim of the Flood Directive is to reduce the adverse consequences to human health, economic activity, the environment and...

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Ecotourism reliant on healthy waterways
Sep23

Ecotourism reliant on healthy waterways

Ecotourism is defined by the IUCN as “environmentally responsible travel to natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature (and accompanying cultural features, both past and present) that promote conservation, have a low visitor impact and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local people”. According to the Nature Conservancy, tourism to natural areas is only considered ecotourism if it: Involves...

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Berlin’s urban redevelopment along the Spree
Sep16

Berlin’s urban redevelopment along the Spree

This year ARCADIS launched its first Sustainable Cities Index. The purpose of the index is to take 50 of the most prominent cities and look at how viable they are as places to live, their environmental impact, their financial stability and how these elements complement one another. While there are many databases that measure cities in a broad cross-section of livability and business climates, ARCADIS believes that to truly understand...

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Hospitals save lives and water
Sep09

Hospitals save lives and water

In the United States, water used in hospitals, and other healthcare facilities, comprises seven percent of the total water usage in the nation. In hospitals, the largest uses of water according to the EPA include cooling equipment, plumbing fixtures, landscaping and medical process rinses. With water and wastewater charges having risen at a rate well above the consumer price index over the past decade, hospital managers can expect...

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Climate and water risks to the food and beverage industry
Sep02

Climate and water risks to the food and beverage industry

In the latest CDP Global Water Report 2014 77% of respondents in the consumer staple sector, including food and beverage (F&B), report exposure to water risks (water stress/scarcity, flooding, drought, poor water quality and regulatory uncertainty) in their direct operations and 77% report exposure to supply chain water risks, with the majority of risks expected to materialize now or within the next five years. However, only 52%...

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