Sustainable Places

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Collaborations and knowledge sharing between local authorities, other public sector bodies, communities and organisations is the key making Scotland's urban and rural places more resilient and sustainable.

Through a range of partnership projects we are helping organisations across Scotland to make connections locally that will help them make the most of the opportunities and avoid the biggest risks from climate change.

Our aim is for private, and public and third sector organisations as well as representatives for the local community representatives to work more collaboratively to understand the evidence base, be better networked into national and international learning and exchange platforms and implement joint undertake sustainability projects.

One key initiative is the Climate Ready Clyde project which is working to create a strategic adaptation plan for Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. This was originally initiated through the Adaptation Scotland programme but has been so successful that the participants are now developing the partnership with support from Sniffer.

We have worked at the community level in the Carse of Gowrie in Perthshire, helping to engage and empower the local community to record and visualise what matters to them using free open source software and maps to inform and shape decisions about their local environment and address climate resilience, working together with the local authority, the Carse sustainability group and Geo Geo providing technical expertise.

We have also connect Scotland's work on sustainable cities with European and international initiatives under the EU's URBAN-NET and URBAN-NEXUS programmes.

Read more about our work on climate adaptation partnerships through the Adaptation Scotland Programme

Current topics in Sustainable Places


Climate resilience, health and quality of life, and integrated urban management across Europe.

Communities and climate resilience

Resilience to climate change starts where we live, work and play. Scotland can only become more resilient to a changing climate when its communities are at the heart of addressing the issues, identifying solutions and taking action.

Community mapping

Using citizen science for community mapping

Climate Ready Clyde

Climate Ready Clyde is a cross-sector partnership initiative supporting the development of a shared understanding of climate change risks and opportunities across the Glasgow City Region.

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