The Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready Program is helping natural resources and human communities along California’s coast and San Francisco Bay adapt to the impacts of climate change. The Conservancy is also working to capture greenhouse gases from the atmosphere through the conservation of natural and working lands.
The Conservancy is soliciting applications for a new round of Climate Ready grants. The Conservancy seeks to support multi-benefit projects that use natural systems to assist communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The grant announcement is posted here. The grant application consists of a cover sheet and project description. Applications are due July 2, 2018. There was an informational webinar on May 9. Slides from the presentation can be found here, and a recording is available here.
Through its Climate Ready Grant rounds, the Conservancy has awarded $7.3 million for 42 projects; click here for a list of projects funded. In addition, the Conservancy is working on dozens of other Climate Ready Projects; examples of these projects are provided below.
Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning
The Conservancy is helping many communities assess the vulnerability of their communities and natural resources to sea level rise and create adaptation plans to counter threats of sea level rise. We fund technical tools and studies that help understanding and planning for sea level rise impacts.
The Conservancy is helping to plan, design, and implement living shorelines throughout the state that use oyster beds, wetlands, dunes, and other natural habitats to buffer the impacts of rising seas and increased storm events while providing multiple benefits.
The Conservancy is helping rangeland and agricultural lands adapt to changing climates including grazing operations, grassland restoration, and water and soil conservation projects such as water catchments and storage design.
Climate change has been driven by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the atmosphere and the Conservancy is working to protect natural and working lands that remove and capture these gases in photosynthesis. Projects include acquisitions of coastal forests, wetland restoration, carbon banking, and carbon farming.
Global warming, drought, and runoff from extreme storms threaten the well-being of millions of urban residents. Conservancy funding is supporting inner-city projects that are creating shady retreats for residents, conserving rainwater, capturing stormwater pollution, and reducing air temperatures.
The Climate Ready Program supports projects that achieve the following purposes:
Safeguard coastal communities (reduce future risks from climate change).
Use nature-based solutions that provide co-benefits for people, wildlife, and the economy.
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.
Reduces GHG emissions or enhances the ability of natural systems to sequester greenhouse gases.
Address the needs of low-income and other underserved coastal populations that will be highly impacted by climate change.
Promote on-the-ground demonstration projects that implement innovative approaches or enhance understanding of effective coastal management strategies and will potentially lead to broader change to policies, regulations, or to duplicating the effort elsewhere.
Incorporates outreach or educational component.
The Climate Ready Program endorses the following strategies in planning for climate change:
Incorporate the best available science by utilizing peer-reviewed and well-documented climate science, climate adaptation strategies, sea level rise projections, and management practices.
Focus on future climatic and ecological conditions for coastal communities rather than the past.
Maximize short and long term public benefits and capitalize on the inherent abilities for natural coastal systems to adapt to change.
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 and sea level rise scenarios.
55% of current coastal habitat area in California could be lost to rising seas San francisco, CA — A new study from The Nature Conservancy and the California State Coastal Conservancy, Conserving California’s Coastal Habitat: A Legacy and a Future with Sea Level Rise finds that most of the total area of California’s coastal habitats, […] (Read more on Study: California’s Coast...)
The Conservancy announces a new Climate Ready grant solicitation; applications are due July 2, 2018. Climate Ready grants fund nature-based solutions for climate adaptation. Projects in this round will be funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, and must facilitate greenhouse gas emission reductions. These grants seek to support projects located in and benefiting disadvantaged communities. The […] (Read more on Climate Ready Grants...)
New Case Studies show potential of nature-based infrastructure to mitigate sea level rise. Sea level rise and associated flooding will threaten nearly $100 billion worth of property along the California coast by 2100, and there is no question that coastal landowners and planners will act to protect their assets from these losses. In the absence […] (Read more on Case Studies of...)