New grant funding will be used by a range of partners to create a ‘network for nature’ across the city region and help to develop the newly established Greater Manchester Environment Fund.
Greater Manchester projects were successful in bidding for £1.8 million from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, which was launched in September with a pot of £40 million to create jobs in nature recovery and conservation.
Greater Manchester Environment Fund
The Greater Manchester Environment Fund (GMEF), due to be officially launched in spring 2021, will manage funding from public bodies and businesses which will then be used to deliver projects that enhance the natural environment.
The GMEF will play a vital role in the rollout of nature-based solutions across the city region, with around £100 million worth of feasible projects already identified for investment.
Cllr Andrew Western, green city region lead at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said: “In Greater Manchester we’re making good progress towards the goals of our Five-Year Environment Plan, and those ambitions remain at the heart of our plans to lead a sustainable recovery from the pandemic.
“This Green Recovery Challenge Fund grant is further recognition of the leading role being played by local authorities, charities, and community groups across our city region in achieving those goals. The funding will help deliver some of the essential work being undertaken to safeguard wildlife habitats, develop natural flood management projects and peatland carbon stores, and teach families and young children about the natural world on our doorsteps.”
Creating local jobs
The Fund will be managed by The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.
“GMEF will reflect its bee brand, pollinating projects with financial support so they can blossom and be part of the recovery of nature in Greater Manchester,” explained Dave Wallis, the Wildlife Trust’s director of nature and wellbeing.
“It will help save jobs in partner organisations at a time when their ability to deliver ‘Build Back Greener’ is under economic threat. We will also create jobs and support local contracting and consultancy businesses. This is the first opportunity to bring environmental organisations to the forefront of nature’s recovery and we are keen to work closely together, share skills and experience benefitting all of our staff and volunteers.”
Posted under General Interest, Climate Change and What it Means to You and Public / Government / Charity on 16 December 2020