THE CAMPAIGN

The IGNITION project is a ground-breaking project that aims to develop new and creative financing solutions for investment in Greater Manchester’s natural environment. This investment will help to build the city region’s ability to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change.Working with nature, solutions such as rain gardens, street trees, green roofs and walls and development of green spaces can help to tackle an increase in flooding events, water security, air quality, biodiversity and human health and wellbeing.

Urban Innovative Actions

This project is backed by €4.5 million from the EU’s Urban Innovation Actions (UIA) initiative, which brings together 12 partners from local government, universities, national Government organisations and business.

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INVEST IN NATURE

IGNITION aims to generate a significant increase in functional green and blue spaces across the city. This green space is essential to building climate resilience, reducing flooding, tackling heat waves and building personal and community resilience. Achieving this requires increased levels of public and or private investment in green infrastructure. At present, finance for green infrastructure is heavily reliant on government grants or philanthropic investment and often does not consider technical functionality and wider benefits. The project is developing business models and funding mechanisms that can demonstrate a case for public and private investment.Everyone can make a difference. By increasing understanding of the many benefits of nature-based solutions, you can influence how your organisation increases resilient, green space and considers investment in nature-based solutions to climate change.

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  • Get in touch with us about the work you are doing, to share case studies or to tell us about similar projects at the email address below
  • Find out about all our upcoming events for business, investors, local authorities and community groups
  • Use the evidence base or our business report to inform decisions and planning within your organisation
  • Contribute to the evidence base, data on cost, functionality and benefits from your own installations or research
  • Access our resources
  • For more information about the IGNITION project, you can email the team at greencity@greatermanchester-ca.org.uk.
Business, Property Owners & Managers

Nature-based solutions provide a whole range of benefits for business from increased property value to enhanced employee well-being as well as building climate resilience. Property owners and managers can make changes to their own property portfolio, from small scale volunteer led planting to innovative, large-scale installations.

 

Local Authorities

There is increasing citizen demand for accessible, functional green space across Greater Manchester. Many forward thinking authorities are looking at innovative ways to invest in green space in a cost-effective way. There are a growing range of resources to support decision-making, investment, management and maintenance of urban green spaces.

 

Citizens

Accessible green space is an important amenity for citizens of Greater Manchester. Through the CoVID-19 Pandemic, access to green space has become increasingly important to people. The IGNITION project is working with partners RHS, City of Trees and Groundwork Greater Manchester to understand public engagement with green space and ensure that increasing urban green space meets the needs of all stakeholders.

 

Be Inspired

Nature-based solutions include green walls, roofs, trees, rain gardens, sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and can be almost any scale you can imagine.

 

The Living Lab at University of Salford brings many examples of nature-based solutions together to showcase some of the opportunities for single or inter-connected installations. The Living Lab is capturing real-time data from it’s green-blue roof, living wall, SuDS trees and rain garden.

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Resources

Nature-based solutions to the climate emergency – Business Guide
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The Power of Nature for Employee Well-being
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Greening your Workspace
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Investing in a greener Greater Manchester – Local Authority Guide
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Blended Public-Private investments for developing urban green infrastructure
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IGNITION Interim Report – April 2021 (PDF)
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IGNITION Interim Report – April 2021 (Accessible HTML web page)
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User Guide – IGNITION Nature-Based Solutions Evidence Base (PDF)
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IGNITION Nature-based Solutions Evidence Base Headline Findings Report July 2020 (PDF)
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Evidence Review Methodology – IGNITION Nature-Based Solutions Evidence Base (PDF)
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Webinar: How to use the IGNITION Nature-Based Solutions
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Evidence Base: Video
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The IGNITION Project: Nature-Based Solutions (NBS)
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The IGNITION Project: Climate Change and the Need for Nature-Based Solutions
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The IGNITION Project: A Baseline for Nature-Based Solutions
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The IGNITION Project: Building a Business Case for NBS
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The IGNITION Project: SuDS-Enabled Trees
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The IGNITION Project: Urban Green Spaces and Business
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The IGNITION Project: Nature-Based Solutions for Health
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Investigating Innovative Business Cases for Nature-Based Solutions
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Building a Business Case for Nature-Based Solutions
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Financing Green Roofs – Stockport Interchange Case Study
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Financing Parks – Salford Heat Pump Case Study
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Financing Sustainable Draining Systems – Dales Brow Case Study
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Green walls evidence database
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Green roofs evidence database
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Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) evidence database
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Green spaces evidence database
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Street trees evidence database
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