Climate Change Adaptation means making adjustments and responding to the likely threats and opportunities that climate change may bring.
Green Networks and Green Infrastructure are uniquely suited to providing effective and efficient climate change adaptation.
Green Network and Green Infrastructure approaches support and restore ecosystem services while using those ecosystem functions and services to deliver a more cost effective adaptation solution than "grey" infrastructure.
Ecosystem services which improve the quality of life within the city region include:
reducing flood risk by absorbing and temporarily retaining rainfall
moderating heatwaves in urban areas through natural air conditioning
reducing cooling and heating energy demand by providing shade and reducing wind speeds
helping to reduce noise and air pollution
providing places for recreational and leisure activities that improve health.
Improving the quality, quantity, connectivity and diversity of our Green Network will create a ‘green infrastructure' for a ‘climate ready' city region. The Partnership's Integrating Green Infrastructure (IGI) approach is delivering urban neighbourhood design solutions that will deliver climate change resilience.
Understanding how and where climate change impacts will affect the City region, and in particular vulnerable communities and vulnerable infrastructure, is crucial for the development of an effective response. The Partnership is working on new analysis to identify where the Green Network can provide climate change adaptation solutions. You can find out more about this in the Planning for Adaption section.
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