Anna Beswick is the manager of the Adaptation Scotland programme. Adaptation Scotland give advice and support to help ensure Scotland is prepared for, and resilient to the impacts of climate change.
She advises and works in partnership with public, private and community sector organisations to raise awareness and encourage action to address the challenges that Scotland faces as a result of climate change.
She is currently working with the Partnership on the 'Climate Ready Clyde' project and on defining the critical role the Green Network should play in preparing the Glasgow City Region to deal with climate change hazards.
We asked Anna to reflect on her experience of working for the Partnership, and what influence she sees it having on her work.
1. What role do you think the Green Network has in delivering a city region resilient to climate change?
The establishment of green networks across our towns and cities will play a critical role in helping Scotland adapt to the impacts of climate change. For example, green networks have a key role to play in helping us cope with projected increases in autumn and winter rainfall and will play a critical role in managing flood risk as part of integrated flood risk management planning. Green networks will also help us adapt to long term increases in temperatures by providing services such as natural shading and the ability to absorb heat.
2. How do you see the GCV Green Network Partnership adding value to strategic planning for climate change adaptation?
As an active participant in the Climate Ready Clyde project the GVC Green Network Partnership is already contributing significantly towards securing the development of a regional climate change adaptation strategy and action plan for Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. The partnership is pushing forward with innovative research and projects that clearly demonstrate the role that green networks can play in ensuring that Glasgow and the Clyde Valley builds resilience to the impacts of climate change. This work places GCV Green Network Partnership at the heart of adaptation planning for the region.
3. How can strategic planners lead the way in applying Green Network approaches for climate change adaptation?
The increased introduction of green network approaches such as street trees, green roofs and walls, urban wetlands and green corridors is vital if our towns and cities are to be resilient to the impacts of climate change. Strategic planners have a vital role to play in helping the delivery of green network approaches become a reality. It is important that planning practitioners are provided with information and advice as to the climate risks that exist and the role of green networks approaches, alongside other adaptation options, in addressing these risks.