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Climate Resilience

As the risks from a warming planet become even greater, so do the consequences for our natural environment at the mercy of extreme weather events, sea level rises and water, food and energy shortages.

If we are to become a more climate resilient city, we must adapt to better absorb the pressures imposed on us by climate change and develop more sustainable ways of living, in order to evolve and equip future generations with the knowledge and skills to tackle this threat.

The Paris Agreement adopted at COP21 last year placed an even greater importance on climate adaptation and resilience, and as supporters and advocates of the agreement, we’re committed to promoting projects across Greater Manchester that bolster our climate resilience.
Here are just some of the ambitious projects being developed across the region:  


The RESIN project is bringing a consortium of core European cities, scientists and research partners together to investigate climate resilience and develop more effective strategies.
The project, which is funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, combines existing approaches to climate change and disaster risk assessment to develop guidelines that can be used by project cities and ultimately shared with a wider circle of cities.

Each project research institution works closely with its local city to develop tools to support cities in designing and implementing climate adaptation strategies for their local contexts, with Greater Manchester working closely with the University of Manchester.

Cooperation between researchers and cities functions in a cycle of development, pilot trials and evaluation. Workshops are held in each project city so that knowledge can be shared with partners and their stakeholders.

Discover more on the RESIN project website.

International Commitments

It’s important that Greater Manchester acts as an ambassador on the world’s stage, joining other cities to achieve ‘carbon compliance’ and going above and beyond statutory targets to become a more climate resilient city.

Here are some examples of Greater Manchester’s achievements and our commitment to advancing our low-carbon credentials on a global scale:

- Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
- The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is an international alliance of cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low emission, resilient society.

Find out more here.

Under2 MOU

The Under2 Coalition is a diverse group of governments around the world who set ambitious targets to combat climate change.

Central to the Under2 MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) is an agreement from all signatories to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels, or limit to 2 annual metric tons of CO2-equivalent per capita, by 2050.

Find out more here.

Carbon Disclosure Project

Over the past 15 years CDP has created a system that has resulted in unparalleled engagement on environmental issues between investors, companies, cities, states and regions worldwide.

CDP's data enables their network to link environmental integrity, fiduciary duty and public interest to make better-informed decisions on climate action.

Find out more here.

Role model city to UNISDR’s ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign

Throughout 2010-2020 and beyond, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR) ‘Making Cities Resilient’ Campaign (MCRC), together with partners, aims to support sustainable urban development by promoting resilience activities and increasing local level understanding of disaster risk.

A ten-point checklist of essentials for making cities resilient serves as a guide for a city’s commitment toward improving their resilience and is the organising principle for reporting and monitoring during the campaign.

Find out more here.

Awarded membership of Rockefeller funded ‘100 Resilient Cities’

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) – is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

100RC supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks—earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.—but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis.

Find out more here.

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