Priorities > Environment

Environmental infrastructure to enhance water supply, flood defences & green spaces

Climate change will affect the West Midlands by causing more frequent and severe flooding, less summer rain and more extreme heat events. Across the West Midlands there is a strong correlation between places with the worst quality natural environments and communities suffering from a range of issues such as low income, poor housing and ill health.

As a result, the natural environment will need to be more resilient to cope with the impacts of extreme weather to protect local communities. To achieve this, we need to promote, plan, invest and maintain our natural environment to maximise the functions it performs. The societal benefits drawn from the natural environment are known as ecosystem services. This helps to move the natural environment higher up the agenda, commanding more attention.