Nature based solutions in Greater Manchester

22 March 

City of Trees are one of 12 partners made up of  local government, universities, NGOs, and businesses who have come together as part of the IGNITION project aiming to make Greater Manchester more resilient to climate change.

Greater Manchester declared a climate emergency in 2019 and GMCA projects like IGNITION are a response to this new status. The region has already seen flooding increase sixfold since the 1940s and projections show that winter rain and snowfall could increase by 30% by 2050, making climate resilience relevant here.

So what are Nature-based solutions (NBS) and why are they relevant to climate change?

The interventions use nature to provide solutions to the climate changes we will experience in Greater Manchester, addressing issues such as flooding and the Urban Heat Island Effect. Nature-based solutions are often used alongside, or to replace, man-made solutions like dams and sewers.

Depending on the type of intervention, nature-based solutions can help to improve air quality, and absorb carbon. They can also help to grow the local economy, improve health and wellbeing and give wildlife somewhere to thrive. 

Examples of NBS  include: green walls, green roofs, street trees and rain gardens. The University of Salford’s Living Lab is an example of how the IGNITION project is researching how effective these solutions are.

A street tree planted as part of this project can store around 230kg of carbon per year, which equates to around 810 car miles!

City of Trees are excited to be partners in such an important initiative. IGNITION's project partners recognise that many of Greater Manchester’s residents are interested in learning more about making the city region more climate resilient and so we have put together a collection of factsheets about nature-based solutions here.

To find out about more visit the portfolio page we've put together with more information on the IGNITION project and its partners.