Restoration in urban areas
Cities are a key nexus of the relationship between people and nature and are huge centres of demand for ecosystem services and also generate extremely large environmental impacts.
You can find out more about our restoration projects via the list below.
Climate resilient cities and infrastructure
Our Manchester Urban Institute (MUI) aims to realise more inclusive cities that are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable through its research, training and engagement. MUI’s expertise is focused into five key themes: resilience, sustainability, energy, spatial inequality and urban governance. As part of the Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructure project, our researchers worked with partners from eight European countries to develop tools to make cities more resilient to extreme weather and climate change.
A key output from the project was the European Climate Risk Typology, which provides policymakers, researchers and citizens with the opportunity to visualise and compare climate risk in European.
Green growth: increasing resilience in cities
Green infrastructure (GI), such as green roofs and street trees, delivers a range of crucial environmental benefits to urban communities and could play a key role in climate-proofing cities. Despite a wealth of research on the many benefits of GI, its implementation and uptake in current and new developments in the UK is lacking.
In collaboration with the public, private and third sectors, our School of Education, Environment and Development are identifying barriers and opportunities for GI uptake and will use our research to create and test approaches that will develop scaleable policy and practical solutions.
IGNITION - Innovative financinG aNd delivery of naTural climate sOlutioNs in Greater Manchester
Extreme weather is becoming an increasing part of urban life, whether it is rivers bursting their banks, rain creating standing water after only a relatively modest downpour or heat waves. This £4M EU project, led by GMCA and supported by 11 key partners, will develop new innovative financing and delivery mechanisms that Greater Manchester’s urban areas need to respond to the risks posed by increasingly rapidly changing climate.
Through substantial retrofit programmes of urban green infrastructure or nature based solutions to combat urban over-heating as well as slowing the flow of excess water caused by extreme weather event air quality, urban biodiversity and the health and well-being of citizens will be improved.
Ketso: A hands-on kit for creative stakeholder engagement
Ketso was developed at The University of Manchester and is now a social business, selling and renting a hands-on kit for creative engagement that provides table-top tools to record and display ideas, enhancing group productivity and creativity.
Ketso works at scales from the very local to national, allowing the synthesis of multiple voices in a process of knowledge co-production, which has been used extensively on restoration projects including the Carbon Landscape Project.
The Carbon Landscape
Wildlife is being squeezed out and isolated, and there is a real risk of losing species locally if safe and effective corridor are not created for them to travel through. The Carbon Landscape encompasses the wetlands of Wigan, the mosslands in Salford and Warrington and the Mersey Wetlands which were previously the home for heavy industries like coal mining, peat extraction and iron & steel production.
130 hectares will be restored to nature creating a network of safe spaces and inspiring local people to experience these areas in new ways creating a better future for wildlife as well as benefit the local communities living alongside them.