Glasgow City Region Climate Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan
What needs to happen:
9.1 Identify regional priorities for nature-based solutions . The region’s local authorities, working in partnership with the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership and others should identify priority areas for blue and green infrastructure, focusing on the communities, sectors and systems most vulnerable to high temperatures or flooding and developing the region’s habitat network for climate resilience.
9.2 Delivery of the regional Strategic Green Network with an emphasis on maximizing the contribution of the network to adaptation.
9.3 Creation of the Clyde Climate Forest with Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership working with others to create the forest, creating a mechanism for carbon offsetting which will expand canopy cover in heat risk areas, connect habitats and store carbon emissions, with a focus on the most socially vulnerable neighbourhoods. 9.4 Increase investment in targeted habitat restoration for natural flood management, including in peatland, wetlands and transitional habitats. Through the Forestry and Woodland Strategy, 30 Clydeplan should continue to promote restoration of ancient and native woodland. At the same time, all partners should consider the opportunities and risks around transitional habitats such as salt marsh, and the potential need for managed retreat. 9.5 Roll out of large-scale blue and green infrastructure projects to demonstrate benefits to communities – either through new green infrastructure or removal of hard landscaping or public realm , with the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership and MGSDP amongst others, continuing to develop and deliver large-scale demonstrators of green infrastructure across the region. 9.6 Support for new local infill or expansion of existing nature-based solutions to strengthen the regional network with a common local delivery approach to Open Space Strategies, Local Development Plans and individual developments. These should define where blue and green infrastructure can provide climate resilience for surface water management and high temperatures. The process should engage new actors such as landlords, tenants, community groups and businesses to understand opportunities and barriers to widespread roll-out. 9.7 Develop and accelerate blue and green infrastructure financing. To accelerate the above, we will work to develop new financing methods for green infrastructure (such as landscape enterprise networks), which seek to unlock private sector investment and mobilize communities to deliver.
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