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Greater Manchester - United Kingdom

The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities

Main motivation for taking adaptation action

Climate change is expected to significantly increase the flood risk (both fluvial and surface water) as well as instances of heat waves in the longer term. The need to act to increase the resilience of GM's citizens to these impacts (many of whom are particularly vulnerable) as well as protect and sustain its growing economy is a Greater Manchester priority.

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
We (will) integrate adaptation into existing relevant plans
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy (GMCCS) / Climate Change Strategy Implementation Plan (CCSIP)
Summary of the strategy/plan
The GMCCS and CCSIP detail how GM plans to become a low carbon and resilient economy by 2020. The CCSIP is currently being refreshed to set direction and action for the period 2015-2020 and this includes consideration of adaptation. This will include action within building, energy and transport infrastructure programmes as well as biodiversity conservation and natural environment activities etc. Access the GMCCS and CCSIP from MA'sLow Carbon Hub web page here.

Planned adaptation actions

Greater Manchester is also producing a Spatial Framework which will provide the statutory planning framework. The ten GM Local Authorities will use this to identify and manage the supply of land for jobs and new homes. Integral to this will be making sure that the right development happens in the right places at the right time and addresses the challenges of climate change.

Good practice / spotlight item

Making Cities Resilient campaign
In September 2014 Greater Manchester signed up to the UNISDR's ‘Making Cities Resilient – My City's Getting Ready' campaign as UK's only City Region signatory and one of only 43 role model cities globally. Through this commitment GM recognises the importance of taking action to make its economy and citizens resilient to a wide range of climate change and other risks. More details can be found here.
Greater Manchester
A video about Greater Manchester's Resilient Cities commitment can be found here.

Climate change impacts

  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Droughts
  • Flooding
  • Storms

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Buildings
  • Biodiversity
  • Financial
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Transport




2710000 inhabitants

Contact person

Mark Atherton
Greater Manchester Director of Environment


Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Aug 01, 2014

Last Update

Jul 14, 2017

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