Preparing Edinburgh for climate change

Edinburgh’s Green Blue Network - connecting nature and people

Working with SEPA, Scottish Water, Nature Scot, Scottish Wildlife Trust and Sustrans, we asked Atkins to map out all Edinburgh’s ‘green’ and ‘blue’ spaces, such as trees, parks, rivers and wetlands along with the different habitats which support different types of plants and animals.

We have linked this up with local information on

  • areas at risk of flooding
  • protected and designated sites, such as World Heritage sites
  • walking and cycling routes
  • areas that absorb carbon out of the atmosphere
  • social and economic data such as vacant and derelict land.

This has allowed us to work out where there may be areas in Edinburgh which could be connected together using ‘green’ and ‘blue’ links to help reduce risks from

  • all types of flooding – including flooding from rivers and heavy rainfall
  • high pollution levels
  • high temperatures
  • loss of nature and wildlife 

As well as protecting our city for the changes in climate which lie ahead, this network could help increase and protect existing places for nature to live. It will also make sure people can move around Edinburgh in safe, beautiful greenspaces. 

The outcome of the project will help inform the content and implementation of the new City Plan 2030.

If you would like to read the full strategy email planningclimateadaptation@edinburgh.gov.uk The strategy is currently not fully accessible for screen readers. We are working to fix this.