greenspace scotland is working with partners across Scotland to create exemplars of using greenspace as an integral part of climate change action. We want to create better places to live, work and visit which are also more resilient to the predicted changes in the climate.
Climate change is one of the major challenges facing Scottish towns and cities and the people who live in them. Across Scotland, climate change will generally mean that we have warmer and wetter winters, hotter and drier summers, rising sea levels and more extreme weather.
Scottish Government policy clearly outlines the need for action to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases through changes in technology and in lifestyles. It also highlights the need, regardless of how effective we are in reducing emissions, to take action to cope with the consequences of the climate change which is already happening.
Greenspaces and green networks have the potential to contribute to both these sets of actions. There are, however, some significant barriers to developing ‘climate resilient greenspaces’. The challenges and barriers often relate to a lack of knowledge and understanding both of climate change and of the potential for greenspace.
The report Developing the role of greenspace in climate change mitigation and adaptation highlighted the need for better examples of action from Scotland and for greater partnership working, including support for communities to play a more significant role in identifying and delivering changes.
We are taking forward work on a series of Scottish exemplars looking at the potential for changes in the design and management of greenspace and public spaces to contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. There are four strands to the programme: creating climate change parks; urban greening in streets and civic spaces; generating renewable energy from greenspaces; and, work on wider community resilience in the face of climate change - looking at the scale of whole neighbourhoods or settlements.
Access our resources on creating climate resilient parks and urban greening.
Case studies of some of our previous projects including pioneer Climate Change parks and urban greening in Glasgow.