A groundbreaking new project, launched today in Glasgow, aims to turn Glasgow City Region ‘green’ with 500 miles of walking and cycling routes and plans for hundreds of new living spaces for wildlife, providing a tangible response to biodiversity loss and climate change.
The Glasgow and Clyde Valley (GCV) Green Network Partnership’s Blueprint project will help make the region a more attractive place to live, work, invest and play through creation of both a habitat network for wildlife and an access network for people through greenspaces.
It will link up existing wildlife habitats creating new pathways to allow species more freedom of movement, and encourage an increase in biodiversity across the area helping to address and reverse the damage done to the natural habitats of wildlife by decades of urban development, strengthen them in the face of a changing climate, and provide new opportunities for people to connect with nature.
This issue has never been more urgent, as highlighted in the latest UN global assessment report where over 1 million species on the planet are at risk of extinction and for the first time, the issue of biodiversity loss is on the G8 agenda.
The Blueprint project, a first in Scotland, will also improve links between places people want to go such as shops, places of work and parks and offer opportunities for increasing levels of active travel, improving health and mental well-being, reducing reliance on cars which will improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions.
For more information on the GCV Green Network, visit www.gcvgreennetwork.gov.uk