Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub. Delivering Greater Manchester's transition to a low-carbon economy

Natural Capital

Our environment is a precious natural asset that provides us with numerous benefits such as clean water, clean air, food, timber, flood protection and recreation.

Greater Manchester has a wealth of green space, waterways and rich biodiversity to connect with and enjoy. 

The value of this natural capital and the benefits it provides need protecting and enhancing in light of pressures from people, the economy and climate change. 

Understanding how we use, protect and enhance these natural assets is a key factor in our aim for a low carbon future and that’s why we’re committed to supporting projects across Greater Manchester that promote our natural capital.

Here’s a snap-short of the great work taking place across the region:   

Natural Course (Life Integrated Project)

Natural Course is a 20m Euro LIFE Integrated project which aims to deliver integrated water management through:

• Accelerated delivery towards the objectives of the EU Water Framework Directive i.e. improved water quality
• Improved flood risk management
• Increased biodiversity and habitat value of our watercourses

The primary objective of the project is to identify and understand innovative and cost effective solutions to a range of water management issues, and where possible to use a natural capital approach to help deliver multiple objectives.

GMCA is working with other organisations including The Environment Agency, United Utilities, Natural England and Rivers Trust to deliver a better environment for communities in the North West.

Find out more and visit the Natural Course project website.

Urban Pioneer

The Government’s department for the environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) is currently developing a 25 Year Environment Plan that will help to shape their long-term approach for Britain’s natural environment. They have set up four pioneer project areas to trial and test new ways of working for local environment benefits. 

The aim is to develop an effective approach to driving environmental improvement that has a powerful and permanent impact – ensuring a healthy environment and strong economy.

Greater Manchester has been recognised and selected to be the national ‘Urban Pioneer City Region’ which aims to build on all the hard work that has previously been undertaken by our communities including the Natural Capital Group (GM’s Local Nature Partnership).

City of Trees

City of Trees is an innovative and exciting movement set to transform Greater Manchester’s landscape by transforming underused, unloved woodland and planting a tree for every man, woman and child living in the city region within a generation.

Supported by The Oglesby Charitable Trust, and Community Forest Trust, this ambitious movement is securing a much greener, more resilient and pleasant environment that everyone can enjoy by engaging communities and businesses through outreach events and ambitious projects.

Find out more and visit the City of Trees website. 

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