Connecting Nature project – Researching and communicating the use of innovative Nature Base Solutions to address Impacts of a changing Climate

11:15 Thursday 30 May

SS048 • OC286

Room S16


Sonia Milne (United Kingdom) 1; Gillian Dick (United Kingdom) 1

1 - Climate Change Strategy, Glasgow City Council

Through the Connecting Nature project 11 European cities will invest in the large scale implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS). The project will measure the impact of their approaches and share experience on a global scale. Glasgow is a Front-Runner City along with the cities of Genk and Poznan.

One of the outputs from the project is to develop a Nature-Based Solution exemplar for Glasgow. This exemplar will be a tactical intervention that aims to meet the climate change adaptation goals of the City of Glasgow by better utilising open space to provide integrated green infrastructure, delivering on multiple City objectives and bringing a balance of social, environmental and economic benefits.

This is closely tied to the Glasgow’s new Open Space Strategy, which is currently out for public consultation, and the ongoing development of the Open Space Masterplans covering the full City.

The Open Space Masterplans divide the city into fifteen characterised areas, falling into 3 distinct categories: City Centre, Inner Urban or Outer Urban. Using GIS layering, each area is examined in detail to highlight strengths, weaknesses and key opportunities to strengthen nature based solutions in each area. A wide range of data sets, are used in the analysis, such as open space quality, quantity & accessibility; vacant & derelict land; Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD); Spatial policy mapping from the City Development Plan; green network opportunities; NHS health statistics (hospital admissions in relation to anxiety / psychosis / depression, stroke and heart disease); flood risk and ground condition mapping. This allows the open spaces that could meet multiple City social, environmental and economic objectives based on real need and local priorities to be quickly and efficiently identified in each area of the city to allow the development of nature based solutions. The opportunities identified take cognisance of the sense of place in each area and build on the principals in the City Development Plan’s new Placemaking policy.

This session will be relevant for participants at ECCA as it will provide an opportunity to:

  • Showcase innovative communication methods and tools about nature based solutions and how they can assist in addressing climate vulnerability and achieving wider benefits such as environmental quality, health and wellbeing and strong economies.
  • Demonstrate how climate risk and vulnerability data can be combined with other data sets to influence strategic decision making and implementation of tailored nature based solutions.
  • Provide feedback on the nature based solutions being implemented across Glasgow and the importance of both analysis results and communication and engagement in securing support for implementation of these projects.