Promoting a green recovery in the central southPUBLISHED ON: 11 NOVEMBER 2021
As the COP26 discussions in Glasgow try to find ways of tackling the world’s climate crisis, councils, universities and businesses making up the Greenprint Partnership are planning a green recovery for our region.
The Partnership members are determined that as we emerge from the economic and social disruption of Covid we take the opportunity to work with nature for a better future.
The Partnership’s ambition is not just to re-build the local economy in a way which reduces our impact on the climate and nature, but also to find ways of promoting the health and wellbeing of local people.
The Greenprint project, which brings together local councils from across Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight, Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council, the New Forest National Park Authority and the region’s universities with local people and business, is encouraging a collaborative approach to building a better future for our communities.
The project, which is being supported by the Partnership for South Hampshire, has five priorities:
- working with nature to reduce our carbon emissions
- improving people’s physical and mental wellbeing through nature
- protecting and improving our green and blue environment
- designing more sustainable places
- growing green skills and jobs across the region.
Cllr Seán Woodward, Chairman of the Partnership for South Hampshire and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Local Government Association, said:
‘As world governments meet to discuss our global challenges, leaders across Hampshire, the Island and our cities are planning local solutions to our environmental, social and economic pressures. Greenprint is central to our ambitious vision to make our region a leading example of how we can build a sustainable future for our people and businesses, as well as for our outstanding natural environment.’
Alison Barnes, Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority and Chair of the Greenprint Steering Group, said:
‘We are blessed with a wonderful and diverse natural environment in our region. It’s an asset for all who live and work here and can help us solve so many of the challenges we face. Greenprint aims to find ways of working with nature to improve both our economy and wellbeing, and to protect and enhance all that we treasure about our region.’
The Greenprint framework is already helping organisations embed the environment in their strategies and plans, notably the successful Solent Freeport bid and Solent LEP’s Ten Point Plan for Building Back Greener.
Notes to editors:
The Partnership for South Hampshire (PfSH) is made up of ten councils across the central South Coast, working with the New Forest National Park Authority and Solent LEP. The Partnership encourages collaborative working to tackle the region’s economic, social and environmental challenges.
The Greenprint Partnership is led by the New Forest National Park Authority and includes local authorities from across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton, together with colleagues in Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole. Councils are working alongside Portsmouth and Southampton Universities and representatives of the business community. It is supported by the Southern Policy Centre and receives financial support from the Partnership for South Hampshire. The Greenprint Partnership aims to ensure we realise all the benefits a strong and sustainable natural environment can offer our community.