RESIN Resources

 

RESIN State of the Art Report (3) 

Greater Manchester

 

Executive Summary

GM is delighted to be part of the Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures (RESIN) project. The project focuses on urban climate change risk and resilience, with a particular focus on ‘critical’ infrastructure. It will help us to further our understanding of the potential impacts of extreme weather and climate change, and support action to build the climate resilience of our city. As one of the UNISDR’s ‘role model’ resilient cities, GM recognizes that building resilience is a continual process, not a fixed outcome. It is also significant that high level strategy documents, including the Greater Manchester Strategy, support the need to take action on this agenda. Extreme weather events disrupt our everyday lives in the present, and we recognize the need to increase our resilience both now and in the future to related risks and those linked to the changing climate. Doing so will help to safeguard the health and well-being of our citizens, protect our investments and, ultimately, ensure that GM is a good place to live and work.

This report outlines the work that has been done to date in the field of climate change adaptation and resilience in GM. It also looks at the characteristics of the city-region that may make it susceptible to harm from extreme weather events, and the factors that influence the city-region’s capacity to adapt.

Key messages include:

 

  • There is demonstrable political commitment towards building resilience and adapting to the changing climate across the city-region;
  • A complicated and evolving governance structure, with new powers for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), can support the climate change agenda locally;
  • A legal and political mandate exists to act, with supportive policies and strategies at multiple levels of government;
  • There is a complicated landscape of numerous public and private stakeholders involved in CIP and urban climate change adaptation and resilience more broadly;
  • GM faces some significant deprivation issues in certain parts of the city-region that have a bearing on the vulnerability of some residents to the changing climate.

The data and statements are to the best of the current knowledge that exists within the GM RESIN team. Other data may exist, and GM’s participation in the RESIN project provides the opportunity to reduce knowledge gaps as the project progresses.