Flagship Action 2: Communities shaping climate-ready places
Intention Climate Ready Clyde partners commit to progressing place-based initiatives and approaches at a range of scales within the region with active participation and leadership of communities. In doing so, improvements to places are locally-led, driven by local interests, while building climate resilience and broader health and well-being benefits. Several existing initiatives have proven the benefits of a systems level approach to place- based developments, including aligning adaptation and net-zero needs. Building on existing experience and commitment, partners will explore new opportunities for co-design and co-delivery that applies local experience and targets local needs, investing in communities’ capacity to engage, including programmes such as Renfrewshire’s Town Centres Climate Resilience programme. Partners will share their learning and experiences with others in the region and more broadly. Outcomes Enhancing and investing in individuals’ and communities’ capability, and ensuring genuine co-design processes rooted in local interests and priorities, will help to increase the interest and desire for locally-led, climate-ready places. It also has the potential to bring new and informed forms of governance, decision- making and community ownership and agency. Multiple benefits derive from locally-led and inclusive adaptation action and placemaking including: empowered communities and organizations working together, improved health and well-being, increased open and green space, enhanced opportunity for active travel access, as well as reduced climate risks. Several existing examples in the region demonstrate the significant benefits gained by place-based, community-led initiatives. As an example, Places for Everyone sees the University of Strathclyde collaborating with Glasgow City Council, City of Glasgow College, Sustrans and the local community to create cleaner, safer, pedestrian- and cycle-friendly streets across its campus. Similar applications exist in other areas, for example buildings, assets and energy systems can become more climate resilient and net-zero ready. This model also demonstrates the potential for a skilled workforce knowledgeable in climate resilient practices, and new business opportunities associated with adaptation. Supporting and enabling mechanisms • Application of the Place Standard Tool with a climate lens, and application of the tool via A Place in Childhood. • The Principles for Locally-Led Adaptation offer a helpful framework and means of navigation to apply place-based initiatives, with community and local leadership at the heart. • University of Strathclyde’s Heart of the Campus and Climate Neutral Innovation District projects – a £6 m. investment in Glasgow by University of Strathclyde which offers a lasting city greenspace legacy. • Renfrewshire’s Town Centres Climate Resilience programme developing a local response to climate risks aimed at delivering programmes of beneficial interventions in its town centres with property owners, residents and users.
Supports delivery of the following Adaptation Strategy interventions 1 4 5 8 9
Key partners University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow, all eight local authorities, Sustrans, NHS Health Scotland, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Sniffer, Adaptation Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland, Scottish Flood Forum, Public Health Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful, NHS Lanarkshire
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