Coastal Conservancy Awards 11 Climate Ready Project Grants

On June 25, 2015, the Coastal Conservancy awarded almost $2 million for 11 competitively selected projects to help California adapt to climate change. The funding came from the third grant round of the Climate Ready program, designed to help California’s coastal and San Francisco Bay Area communities prepare for rising seas, extreme storms, drought, and other effects of a changing climate. (more…)

Draft Wetland and Rice Carbon Protocol Now Available

A methodology for project proponents to financially benefit from reducing greenhouse gas emissions by accessing carbon markets through the conversion of land to wetlands and rice is now available in draft form. This methodology focuses on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, San Francisco Estuary and the coast of California. The Delta Conservancy held an initial stakeholder meeting to receive input from interested parties and the presentation from this meeting is available below. In the coming months, the methodology will be submitted to the American Carbon Registry for consideration.  At this time, there will be further opportunities for public engagement as a part of the review and approval process.

For a copy of the presentation, click here.

For a copy of the draft Protocol, click here.

For answers to FAQs, click here.

Coastal Conservancy Awards 11 Climate Ready Project Implementation Grants

In January 2015 the Coastal Conservancy awarded more than $2 million for 11 competitively selected projects to help California adapt to climate change. The funding came from the second grant round of the Climate Ready program, designed to help California’s coastal and San Francisco Bay Area communities prepare for rising seas, drought, warming temperatures, and other effects of a changing climate.


Snap the shore, see the future!

Join the California King Tides Initiative on its 5th anniversary to capture this winter’s highest tides, or king tides, on December 21-23, January 19-21, and February 17-19. Participating is easy – simply grab your camera or smart phone and head to the coast or bay during the high tides, then share your photos following directions at

Third Climate Ready Grant Round Announced

The California State Coastal Conservancy (Conservancy) announces the availability of funding through its Climate Ready program. This round of Climate Ready grants is made possible by an appropriation into the new California Climate Resilience Account, created by legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Gordon, to address the risks and impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and associated extreme events to coastal and bay communities and natural resources. (more…)

Climate Ready Projects to Help Coastal Communities Adapt to Climate Change

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):

  1. Safeguard people and wildlife by using nature-based solutions that provide co-benefits for people, wildlife, and the economy.
  2. Prioritize projects that maximize public benefits and avoid maladaptation.
  3. 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.
  4. Incorporate the best available science by utilizing peer-reviewed and well-documented climate science, climate adaptation strategies, and management practices.
  5. Focus on future climatic and ecological conditions rather than the past.
  6. Design actions from a landscape, ecosystem, and watershed perspective on a regional scale.
  7. 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.
  8. Minimize energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.  Enhance the ability of natural systems to sequester greenhouse gases.
  9. Address the needs of low-income and other underserved populations that will be highly impacted by climate change.
  10. 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;
  11. Incorporates a project-appropriate outreach or educational component.

Climate Ready Grant Opportunities

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.

Climate Ready Projects

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:

Vulnerability Assessments, Technical Assistance, and Planning

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

Adaptation Pilot Projects

San Pedro Creek Restoration (Pacifica State Beach Managed Retreat)

Surfers Point Managed Retreat Project

San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines

Carbon Forestry

Garcia River Forest

Big River/Salmon Creek Forest

Preservation Ranch

Wetland Restoration Projects

South San Francisco Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

Sears Point Wetland Restoration Project

Ormond Beach Wetland Restoration Project

Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project


Guidance For Grantees

Grant Selection Criteria: The Conservancy Board updated the Climate Change Policy and the Project Selection Criteria on November 10, 2011.

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…)

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