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 seeks to support multi-benefit projects that use natural systems to assist communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The Conservancy is reviewing applications for the fifth round of Climate Ready grants. A list of all submitted applications is available here. The grant announcement is posted here. The grant application consists of a cover sheet and project description. There was an informational webinar on May 9. Slides from the presentation can be found here, and a recording is available here. This round of Climate Ready is funded by the Cap-and-Trade program. To find other opportunities for Cap-and-Trade funding, please visit the California Climate Investments page.
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.
Chula Vista – Today (10/18/18), the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project released its new Regional Strategy 2018, a science-based guide for the long-term restoration and expansion of Southern California’s coastal wetlands. The Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project (WRP), a consortium of federal and state agencies, has been collaborating on wetlands preservation and restoration from Santa Barbara to […] (Read more on New Strategy for...)
September 10, 2018 – Last week, the Board of the State Coastal Conservancy approved 17 grants totaling over $17.5 million for restoration, protection and public access projects along the California coast. Notably, among those was an authorization of $9.75 million to the Wildlands Conservancy for the acquisition of approximately 1,390 acres along the Santa Margarita River, […] (Read more on Coastal Conservancy Approves...)
200 Reef Structures will become habitat for native Olympia Oysters and Pacific Herring September 7, 2018 – This week, 200 oyster reef elements were placed at 4-acre submerged site at the former Red Rocks Warehouse at Point San Pablo in the City of Richmond to create a living shoreline. The State Coastal Conservancy is […] (Read more on 4 Acres of...)