Glasgow has received global recognition as a sustainable city. The Global Green City award, which is supported by the United Nation's Environment Programme, puts Glasgow in the same bracket as previous winners such as Vancouver, Vienna and Yokohama. This year's award was shared with Changsha in the Hunan Province of China. Glasgow was recognised after recording high scores across wide ranging criteria including planning, transport, low carbon and energy efficiency, transportation, buildings, open spaces and the economy.
Nature-based solutions Innovation Summit
On 23-25 March 2021, the Horizon 2020 Connecting Nature Project will be hosting a virtual Nature-based solutions Innovation Summit, so get the dates in your diary now. You can register your interest now here.
The Horizon 2020 Connecting Nature project is a partnership with Glasgow City Council, greenspace scotland and a host of European partners. The project is focused on urban nature-based solutions, their delivery in cities and how they can be scaled up.
A Greener Recovery
The Landscape Institute has launched a new policy paper on a green recovery from COVID-19. The paper explores how we can restart the economy while addressing entrenched health inequalities and tackling the ever-accelerating climate crisis. The paper can be found here.
Nature-based solutions towards sustainable communities
This report, which analyses EU-funded projects, examines how far Nature-Based Solutions can contribute to transformative action for sustainable communities locally and globally. It examines how such initiatives enable participation and inclusion in the design and implementation of sustainability at the local level and the extent to which the outcomes of Nature-Based Solutions are transformative for communities. The report considers the challenges and opportunities encountered, and identifies gaps and recommendations for future research and policy.
Planning with Nature
Public Practice have published two new practice notes which provide actions that officers can take in local authorities to develop and implement a green infrastructure strategy. Both practice notes can be found here.