Smart Canals and Local Nature Reserves for North Glasgow

Glasgow City Council and Scottish Canals
Publié: 30 octobre 2020
Dernière modification: 11 octobre 2021
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The Scottish Government’s Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention (GISI) enhances quality of life by improving the quality, accessibility and quantity of green infrastructure in major setltments in Scotland. Glasgow City Council and Scottish Canals, with support of the GISI, want to implement two key strategies to support this green infrastucture expansion plan. 


The Clay Pits Local Nature Reserve (LNR) project will create a 10 ha LNR with a path and boardwalk network, mountain bike trail, disabled access fishing pegs, re-designed gateway entrances, viewpoints, and a pedestrian bridge.


The smart canal offers significant climate change adaptation elements. It provides sustainable rainwater management of vacant land by combining blue-green infrastructure while managing the water level in the canal to provide stormwater storage. This is an excellent example of a climate change adaptation approach as we experience more extreme rainfall events.


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Europe de l’Ouest et du Sud
Échelle de la mise en œuvre
Area-wide development
Zone humide urbain
Écosystème urbain
Acteurs locaux
Adaptation au changement climatique
Atténuation du changement climatique
Connectivité / conservation transfrontières
Entretien des infrastructures
Fragmentation et la dégradtion de l'habitat
Réduction des risques de catastrophes
Services écosystèmiques
Non classé
Nature-Based Solutions
Précipitations erratiques
Hausse des températures
Perte de biodiversité
Ondes de tempêtes
Perte de l'écosystème
Objectifs de Développement Durable
ODD 3 - Bonne santé et bien-être
ODD 9 - Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
ODD 13 - Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
ODD 17 - Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
Obectifs d'Aichi
Objectif 2: Valeurs de la biodiversité intégrées
Objectif 14: Services des écosystèmes
Objectif 19: Partage de l'information et de la connaissance


Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Les impacts positifs

The Canal & North Gateway is a joint venture between Glasgow City Council and Scottish Canals. It serves as an exemplar blue-green infrastructure project that is at the cutting edge of how to adapt to climate change issues by managing surface water and flood risk within the urban environment. The primary innovation is the dynamic management of the water levels in both the canal spine and each water management area in response to predicted weather patterns. This allows water to be retained within SuDS features during normal weather conditions, contributing to urban cooling by increasing the presence of surface water during non-flood events. The project significantly improves biodiversity through the creation of new and varied habitats associated with blue-green infrastructure fingers that will extend from the canal corridor into the heart of regeneration sites. These biodiversity enhancements are very visible within the Claypits LNR. Green infrastructure fingers will form a corridor of wetland margins along which flora and fauna can move, extending the link between the rural environment and the heart of the city. Additionally, this intervention will mitigate the predicted increase in rainfall and intensity associated with climate change and will help regulate water quality by avoiding combined sewer overflows into watercourses during storms.


Contribué par

Elana Bader Scottish Natural Heritage

Soumise par

Jim Jeffrey
Martin Faulkner