The Strategy in action: Living in a blue-green Glasgow City Region The creation of blue-green landscapes in Glasgow City Region benefits local communities. Nature-based solutions have multiple values: improving access to blue-green spaces for recreation, enhancing well-being and social cohesion, creating space for biodiversity to flourish and helping to adapt to climate change.
3 Increase adaptation finance through leverage and innovation 4 Enable and equip communities to participate in adaptation 6 Adapt the Clyde corridor for the twenty-second century 9 Deliver nature-based solutions for resilient, blue-green landscapes and neighbourhoods GCV Green Network Partnership, Scottish Forestry, supported by Woodland Trust, Green Action Trust, TCV Scotland, local authorities, university and housing associations
Helping people and nature adapt The Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network (GCV Green Network) Strategy proposes improving active travel routes along the Clyde corridor, making them greener and more pleasant to use, redirecting them away from roads. “The ‘Blueprint’ for the Green Network Strategy in Glasgow City Region creates space and connections for people and wildlife. Green living and working environments are essential for people’s health and well-being, and people who are healthy in mind and body are more resilient to the impacts of climate change.” Max Hislop, Programme Manager, GCV Green Network Partnership The GCV Green Network Strategy also creates a network for nature, delivering positive changes for biodiversity through connecting key habitats, facilitating the movement of species northwards as the Scottish climate changes. Within the Strategy several projects are being delivered at a local scale to provide community and climate adaptation benefits throughout Glasgow City Region. Communities contribute to peatland restoration by dambuilding In Fannyside Muir, North Lanarkshire, 230 ha of peatland was restored through the work of conservation charity Buglife Scotland, partners and volunteers. Peatlands are carbon sinks; restoration can lock up significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. The project worked with the community to construct over 4,300 dams and drainage ditches, allowing for the recovery of crucial sphagnummosses. Converting dry areas to shallow pools provided excellent habitat for wading birds and insects, and reduced flooding in the area.
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