Greater Manchester Green City Region. Creating a greener, greater city region differently

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WWF One Planet City Challenge 2019-2020

The OPCC have now reviewed all city entries at the International stage and unfortunately, Greater Manchester were not selected as the UK national winner.   The OPCC Panel have provided their feedback which reiterates the impressive achievement of being a finalist, given that as many as 255 cities participated from 53 countries in this round of the OPCC.

All OPCC finalist cities were presented to the OPCC International Jury of Experts,  who met in March and April to select national winners as well as one global winner.  The jury was impressed by Greater Manchester’s performance and conveyed the following feedback:

“Some of the highlights from Greater Manchester's submission to the OPCC includes evidence that Greater Manchester has a diverse and thriving low carbon environmental goods and services sector. In terms of the OPCC assessment criteria, the city performed well on targets and plan evidence and demonstrated evidence for plans with strong, compelling information around natural capital, green spaces, restored rivers, and nature-based actions. This was identified as a strength and was commended. However, in general there was a stronger vision than actual impacts.

“We commend your efforts and contributions for a climate wise future! As we say at WWF, Together possible!”

As a UK finalist, Greater Manchester are still profiled in WWF’s We Love Cities  campaign and also eligible to participate in the public engagement campaign We Love Cities.   The previous winners are Jakarta, Vancouver, Bogor, Medellin, and Balikpapan, although it’s less about winning and more about giving participating cities an opportunity to engage citizens on their city’s climate work.  


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