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Discovering Manchester’s wild side

Manchester is going wild – and setting the standard for cities all over the United Kingdom.

With its rivers, canals, parks and trees, Manchester is a magnet to all sorts of creatures which go unnoticed by many people living and working there. Urban nature lovers will no longer have to look exclusively to the countryside for their nature kicks, when they realise there is wonderful wildlife bounding all around them.

Greater Manchester Produces First City Region-Wide Ecosystem Services Opportunity Mapping Tool

The first city region-wide Ecosystem Services Opportunity Mapping Tool was launched as part of the Mayors Green Summit in March and provides a valuable resource for funders, policy-makers, project developers, partnerships and infrastructure planners to inform and support their decisions on the protection of the natural environment and investment projects.

Delivering on the Natural Environment through the 5 Year Environment Plan

We face major environmental challenges that threaten the health and prosperity of our region. Greater Manchester is taking action with the 5-Year Environment Plan, to be launched at the Mayors Green Summit on 25th March.

The plan sets out our long-term environmental vision – to be carbon neutral by 2038 – and the urgent actions we all need to take in the next 5 years to help achieve this. It is the outcome 12-months consultation and collaboration with all parts of the Greater Manchester family and the Summit is an opportunity to galvanise this commitment and unify our actions.

MESS launch Climate Crisis event

MESS (Marple, Mellor and Marple Bridge Energy Saving Strategy) originated nine years ago to promote energy saving measures. We've also ventured into 'Incredible Edible', set up a Community Orchard and recently campaigned on plastic waste.

Since the 2018 Green Summit and the subsequent release of 'Springboard to a Green City Region' we've decided that our most important role must be to raise a greater awareness in our communities of the existential threat posed by climate change, explain how societal change can mitigate the threat and promote the environmental ambitions of GMCA.

Investing in natural environment is good for our economy as well as our health says new report

  • Greater Manchester is developing an innovative Natural Capital Investment Plan – first of its kind for a UK city region
  • Securing the long-term future of our environment delivers social and financial returns
  • Plan is a result of last year’s Green Summit and key component of forthcoming five-year environmental plan for Greater Manchester
Natural Capital Group Conference

Developing Greater Manchester’s First Natural Capital Investment Plan

On 16 January, 2018, the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub’s Natural Capital Group (NCG) hosted their annual conference at the Manchester Museum.

City of Trees and the RSPB welcome the dawn chorus with the Hallé orchestra

City of Trees, the charity planting 3 million trees across Greater Manchester, worked in partnership with the RSPB and The Hallé this spring to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day

GM Walking Festival 2018

Whether its bees, birdsong, bats or berries – there’s something for everyone at the fourth annual Greater Manchester Walking Festival.

BBC's 'Talking to Children about Climate Change' Session

A busy lunchtime panel session on climate change held as part of the BBC’s Sustainability Season to inform and empower the next generation.

Could otters be returning to Greater Manchester?

Recent sightings of otters suggests that the heavily industrialised rivers in Greater Manchester are showing signs of significant improvement, encouraging them back to the region.

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