Glasgow City Region Climate Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan
Flagship Action 11: Clyde Adaptation Mission
Intention Clyde Mission , a partnership between Scottish Government and Glasgow City Region, brings together public and private sector partners to harness the opportunities and competitive advantage of the River Clyde and the surrounding assets to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Clyde Mission will create a ‘Mission Group’ of key strategic partners in the public, private and third sectors to drive new interventions and support the development of a long-term adaptation pathway which considers flood risk around the Clyde from the source in the Lowther Hills to the estuary (Clyde Mission footprint). Using the River Clyde as a national strategic asset, Clyde Mission aims to:
• create new, good and green jobs and a workforce with the skills to secure those jobs • use vacant and derelict land for the benefit of the economy, the environment and communities
• adapt to climate risks, especially flooding • accelerate Scotland’s progress to net-zero • use the river to create better places for people and communities.
Outcomes The Clyde has a distinct place in Scotland’s economic and social history and a strong sense of identity and place. It played a key role in the industrial development of Glasgow and now has the potential to play a key role in Scotland’s economic future, the transition to net-zero and adapting to climate risks. Public and private investments such as those in the Barclays Glasgow Campus, the expansion of the Scottish Events Campus (SEC), the Glasgow Riverside Innovation District, along with the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District and Queens Quay, are bringing new economic life and vibrancy to the Clyde. But the area’s industrial past has left a legacy of vacant and derelict land and some communities close to river are among the most disadvantaged in Scotland. The Clyde Mission seeks to address these challenges by ensuring the collective impact of public and private investment is optimized by attracting further investment and by bringing vacant and derelict land back into productive use. It also seeks to address the potential risk that tidal (and river) flooding presents to communities, businesses and the city. The Mission will consider how we can improve and open up the river for visitors, local people and communities and ensure that riverside activities are climate ready – adaptable and resilient to climate change. The Mission will also examine the use of the river as a source of heat and energy for businesses and communities. Part of this Mission – and a new outcome – will be to develop an adaptation pathway for the Clyde Mission. This will be an iterative long-term plan on ensuring the mission plans are resilient – but also looking to see how the Clyde Mission itself can deliver adaptation as a core objective. Supporting and enabling mechanisms • Other mission-based approaches – such as the EU’s Horizon Europe missions (including the Adaptation Mission) and other missions by cities and regions. • Regions with iterative adaptive plans – such as the Thames Estuary 2100 programme for London but also other countries including the Netherlands and Bangladesh. • The new BS 8631 Standard on Adaptation Pathways 35 – which provides guidance on developing best practice adaptation approaches.
Supports delivery of the following Adaptation Strategy interventions 4 5 6 8
Key partners Scottish Government, SEPA, Scottish Enterprise, SFT, Glasgow City Region, Glasgow City Council, Inverclyde Council, Renfrewshire Council, West Dunbartonshire Council, Argyll & Bute Council, North Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Lanarkshire. This Flagship Action would require coordination with CRC partners and Secretariat and would benefit from access to expertise from across the CRC partnerships.
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