Ignition is a ground-breaking project that aims to develop innovative financing solutions for investment in Greater Manchester’s natural environment. This investment will help to build the city region’s ability to adapt to the increasingly extreme impacts of climate change.
Working with nature, solutions such as rain gardens, street trees, green roofs and walls and development of green spaces can help tackle socio-environmental challenges including increases in flooding events, water security, air quality, biodiversity and human health and wellbeing.
This project, backed by €4.5 million from the EU’s Urban Innovation Actions initiative, brings together 12 partners from local government, universities, NGOs and business. The aim is to develop the first model of its kind that enables major investment in large-scale environmental projects which can increase climate resilience. By 2038 this will enable an increase in Greater Manchester’s urban green infrastructure coverage by 10% from a 2018 baseline.
What is Blue-Green infrastructure?
Blue-Green infrastructure describes the networks of natural and semi-natural features in urban spaces. They can include street trees, green rooves, rain gardens, private gardens, parks, woodlands, rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and wetlands
What are nature based solutions or natural climate solutions?
NBS are adaptive measures which include using soil and landscape features and ecosystem services to reduce the effects of climate change and other environmental problems
What is urban green infrastructure?
The project will be defining urban green infrastructure early on. But in very broad terms it includes parks, green spaces, trees, hedges, green building fixtures, rain gardens etc
What are the benefits of urban green infrastructure?
Urban GI can have many social, economic and environmental benefits including (subject to the type of GI) increasing climate change adaptation, remediation of air pollutants, benefits to health and wellbeing and increased physical activity, noise reduction, improved building performance (energy), water attenuation and carbon sequestration.
How will the project measure 10% increase in urban green infrastructure?
An early priority for the Project is to establish a measure for this.
What are SuDS?
SuDS are Sustainable Drainage Solutions; a range of water management structures that link modern drainage processes with the natural water cycle. They take into account flood management, water quality, biodiversity and community use. They typically mimic nature and manage rainfall close to where it falls. They include: rain gardens, swales, permeable paving, wetlands and green roofs.