On January 23 the Coastal Conservancy awarded more than $3 million for 20 Climate Ready projects to help California’s coastal communities prepare for the effects of a changing climate. (more…)
The Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program provides a focus for our work protecting important coastal resources and habitats from the current and future impacts of climate change. The Conservancy is collaborating with local partners and other agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities along the coast and within the San Francisco Bay for climate change. SB 1066 (Lieu) effective January 1, 2013 gave the Coastal Conservancy explicit authority to work with its partners on projects to address the effects of climate change on coastal resources along the coast and within the San Francisco Bay Area, including those that:
- prepare our communities for extreme weather events, sea level rise, storm surge, beach and bluff erosion, salt water intrusion, and flooding;
- address threats to coastal communities, natural resources and infrastructure; and
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Ready Programmatic Priorities
Projects selected for funding under the Climate Ready program will be those that best incorporate the following Climate Ready Programmatic Priorities (adapted in part from climate-smart principles developed by the National Wildlife Federation Climate Change Adaptation Principles, 2011, Resource Legacy Fund, 2012 and Climate Smart Practices by Point Blue, 2013):
- Safeguard people and wildlife by using nature-based solutions that provide co-benefits for people, wildlife, and the economy.
- Prioritize projects that maximize public benefits and avoid maladaptation.
- Promote collaboration among various stakeholders and multiple sectors. Establish and expand non-traditional alliances to accelerate effective problem-solving between and among public and private resource managers, scientists, and decision-makers.
- Incorporate the best available science by utilizing peer-reviewed and well-documented climate science, climate adaptation strategies, and management practices.
- Focus on future climatic and ecological conditions rather than the past.
- Design actions from a landscape, ecosystem, and watershed perspective on a regional scale.
- Account for a high degree of uncertainty by developing and implementing strategies that provide the greatest benefits across a range of possible future climate scenarios.
- Minimize energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Enhance the ability of natural systems to sequester greenhouse gases.
- Address the needs of low-income and other underserved populations that will be highly impacted by climate change.
- Promote on-the-ground demonstration projects that implement innovative approaches or enhance understanding of effective management strategies and will potentially lead to broader change to policies, regulations, or to duplicating the effort elsewhere;
- Incorporates a project-appropriate outreach or educational component.
Climate Ready Grants - funded by the Coastal Conservancy. The purpose of the Climate Ready grant program is to help advance planning and implementation of on the ground actions that will lessen the impacts of climate change on California’s coastal resources.
Local Coastal Program Sea Level Rise Grants – funded by the Ocean Protection Council and administered by the Coastal Conservancy and the Coastal Commission. The purpose of these grants is to provide resources to update Local Coastal Programs and other plans under the Coastal Act to address future impacts of sea level rise. Grant announcement and application form are here. If you have questions about these grants, please email Abe Doherty, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coastal Conservancy has worked on a number of projects over the past few years that will help protect coastal resources in the face of other climate change impacts. Example projects include:
Humboldt Bay Sea Level Rise Mapping and Vulnerability Assessment
Monterey Bay Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment
Goleta Slough Vulnerability Assessment
Ocean Beach Managed Retreat Master Plan
San Francisco Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Technical Update
San Pedro Creek Restoration (Pacifica State Beach Managed Retreat)
Surfers Point Managed Retreat Project
San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines
Garcia River Forest
Big River/Salmon Creek Forest
South San Francisco Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
Sears Point Wetland Restoration Project
Ormond Beach Wetland Restoration Project
Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project
Sea Level Rise Guidance: The Coastal Conservancy is a member of the California Coast and Ocean Climate Adaptation Team and has been involved in the development of the California Sea Level Rise Guidance. All Coastal Conservancy grantees and project partners are encouraged to use this guidance when evaluating potential impacts of sea level rise on a project.
Guidance for Addressing Climate Change in Conservancy Projects: The Coastal Conservancy has posted the first components of the Guidance for Addressing Climate Change in California Coastal Conservancy Projects. The purpose of the guidance is to assist you in understanding and applying the Conservancy’s adopted Climate Change Policy and Project Selection Criteria. (more…)