The Scottish Government has awarded £100,000 to the Climate Ready Clyde partnership, which is now set to bring together business and community organisations to develop a shared understanding of climate change risks and opportunities across the Glasgow and Clyde Valley region.
The project aims to take action on climate adaptation measures such as flood defences, coping with transport and infrastructure disruption, reducing pollution and increasing resilience to climate change.
Climate Ready Clyde was initiated by the Adaptation Scotland programme at Sniffer, and is jointly owned and funded by a range of partners including the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership and Glasgow City Council. The Vision for a Climate Ready Clyde document can be accessed on the Sniffer website.
Commenting on the funding announcement, Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod said:
“With severe storms and heavy rainfall predicted to become more common over the next century, the work being taken forward by the Climate Ready Clyde partnership will assist a significant proportion of the Scottish population be as prepared as possible to cope with climate change. It will also help ensure the region is well-placed to seize the economic opportunities associated with climate resilience.”
Bailie Elaine McDougall, Executive Member for Transport, Environment and Sustainability at Glasgow City Council said:
“Glasgow City Council has been keen to explore our shared challenges and responses to the local impacts of global climate change - so it is good to see our investment in the Climate Ready Clyde partnership being supported by the Scottish Government. We believe this work will act as an exemplar on a national level and help to develop our own thinking and leadership for a climate adapted city region. Glasgow looks forward to hosting the next European Climate Change Adaptation conference in June 2017 and working with our partners and people on these important issues.”