Posted on: Wednesday 3 November 2021
A project to improve and protect upland areas in South East Wales - led by Torfaen Council - will be featured at an event to mark the COP26 summit this weekend.
The South East Wales Resilient Uplands Project covers around 200 square kilometres and has focused on improving soil and water quality, increasing biodiversity, and restoring peatlands, which are critical for removing and storing CO2 emissions.
The scheme, which is a joint partnership between Torfaen, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent Councils and other agencies, has also been developing solutions to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area, such as fly-tipping and arson, that has a negative impact on the environment.
Andrew Osborne, Torfaen Council's group leader for natural environment policy, will tell the COP Cymru event on Saturday how projects like this can contribute to tackling climate change.
He said: "This is a great example of how local organisations can make a substantial difference to the environment and help to reduce the effects of climate change by working together.
"Since it started three years ago, the project has restored two peat bogs covering 6 hectares, replaced fences and installed new barriers to reduce landscape crime, and managed heathland to improve grazing and reduce the risk of grass fires.
"Not only has it improved the area and provided volunteering and training opportunities, it is helping to reduce local carbon emissions and mitigate against the effects of climate change such as fires and flooding."
The South East Wales Resilient Uplands Project partnership is funded by Welsh Government and the European Fund and includes Natural Resources Wales, Police, Fire and Rescue Services, Gwent Wildlife Trust and the Brecon Beacons National Park.
To take part in the COP Cymru roadshow Saturday, register here: COP CYMRU 2021 | Regional Green Zones (eventscase.com)
For more information about what Torfaen Council is doing to tackle climate change, visit our website here. You can also follow #CutTheCarbonTorfaen and #NurtureNatureTorfaen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.