Current efforts to adapt to the changing climate are quite small and incremental, or are often as a direct response to an immediate problem. They don’t really get to the heart of the issue, because adaptation sits within a wider economic, social and cultural system. A system which is often regarded as too complex to navigate and is often ignored as a consequence.
Clyde Rebuilt has a long-term vision: a Glasgow City Region that flourishes in a future climate. We’re exploring how we can deliver deep-rooted change that allows the City Region to adapt to climate change and bring lasting benefits for communities by understanding and overcoming political, cultural and economic barriers. We’re seeking out adaptation ideas that can help create new jobs, bring about nature-based solutions and promote green/blue space because we know these improvements bring wider health and well-being benefits, in addition to helping Scotland meet its net-zero commitments. It’s not only about improving our resilience to climate impacts. The great River Clyde provides a central flow to our vision, taking in the rich diversity of urban and rural contexts across the region.
We already have early support and backing from many organisations across the region as well as the Scottish Government. The project comes with a wealth of expertise through its partners and funders. It’s led by Climate Ready Clyde made up of stakeholders from the City Region, with technical, cultural, economic and governance expertise from Sniffer which supports CRC. We also have cultural expertise and understanding of creative arts in sustainability from charity Creative Carbon Scotland, and specialist climate change and economic expertise from research consultancy Paul Watkiss Associates. Glasgow City Region has joined forces with the European Union’s climate-innovation agency EIT Climate-KIC to identify a portfolio of joined-up projects that will allow the region to take bigger steps towards adapting to the effects of climate change. Clyde Rebuilt is part of EIT Climate-KIC “Deep Demonstration Resilient Regions” programme along with Andalusia in Spain, Nouvelle Aquitaine in France and the Dolomites area in Italy, three European regions that are also at risk from the impact of climate change.
We’re talking to many people and organisations across the City Region to explore their experiences and gather a diverse set of ideas that can potentially help to overcome the barriers to adaptation. Over the next 6 months, we’ll look into some of these and develop them further to identify some innovative solutions that could make a real change in how we adapt.
We’re also seeking out and developing interest from funders and investors ahead of launching a multi-million pound fund for applicants from across the world to compete for funding to test and pilot the most innovative, ambitious approaches, and which could be scaled across the region and beyond.
By the end of this year we will also have developed an Adaptation Strategy for the City Region, which will underpin our vision and build a compelling rationale for action over the next decade.