Cambridge Canopy Project: building climate resilience using trees and canopy cover

This pilot targets heat stress and fluvial / coastal flooding
The pilot aims to help the City adapt to climate change by increasing tree canopy cover and contributing to the sustainable management of the City’s urban forest. The development of a resilient urban forest helps the city of Cambridge to adapt to a changing climate.
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Pilot location

Cambridge

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Project phase

Executive/implementing

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(Sub)urban residential area

The pilot aims to help the City adapt to climate change by increasing tree canopy cover and contributing to the sustainable management of the City’s urban forest.

It will complement and enhance the City’s current arboricultural activities by developing several standard urban forestry approaches to tree planting, tree protection and public engagement. In addition, urban tree canopy assessment and prioritisation tools will be developed to support sustainable management of the City’s tree stock, and to help identify areas for priority interventions.

It will directly contribute to, and encourage tree planting in the short-term and ensure increased levels of tree protection in the City. This will deliver benefits to help mitigate against the predicted changes in climate brought about by global climatic warming in the long-term.

Finally, the investment aspires to demonstrate to a wide target audience the value of investing in the urban forest, and that by applying one or more urban forest approaches, maintained and enhanced flows of ecosystem services can be achieved.

The pilot contributes to the implementation of Cambridge’s Tree Strategy 2016-2026 that aims to increase the urban forest cover by 2% by 2050. The first activities of the Cambridge Canopy Project have been implemented in 2019.  

Contact

Matthew Ling

matthew.ling@cambridge.gov.uk

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