Climate Ready Program
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.
Through its Climate Ready Grant rounds, the Conservancy has awarded $10.7 million for 57 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.
|Rangeland and Agricultural Adaptation
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.
PBS NewsHour with Cat Wise – Restored wetlands welcome wildlife around San Francisco Bay
To download a PDF of Conservancy’s Climate Ready projects click here.
To download a brochure of the Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program, click here.
Climate Change News
- News Release: Dredged Sediment from San Francisco Bay to be used for Wetland RestorationOAKLAND, CA – This summer, in an innovative contract, sediment dredged from within the San Francisco Bay will be placed at Bay restoration sites to support healthy wetlands, rather than offloaded into the ocean or Bay. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or The Corps) maintains federal navigation channels in the Bay for shipping, […] (Read more on News Release: Dredged...)
- 6/12 Webinar: Cardiff Beach Living Shoreline ProjectPlease join us for a webinar on Wednesday, June 12 from 12-1pm to hear from Evyan Sloane of the Coastal Conservancy on the Cardiff Beach Living Shoreline Project. Collaborators and stakeholders celebrated the multi-benefit natural infrastructure project in May 2019 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The project protects Highway 101 and provides ecological benefits to biodiversity […] (Read more on 6/12 Webinar: Cardiff...)
- Coastal Conservancy Awards $12.5 Million for Coastal Restoration and Protection ProjectsSACRAMENTO – Today, the Board of the State Coastal Conservancy awarded over $12.5 million in grants for the protection and restoration of California’s coast and the San Francisco Bay. Grantees included public agencies, cities and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose purposes are consistent with the Conservancy’s enabling legislation. Among the grants awarded were $3.9 million to […] (Read more on Coastal Conservancy Awards...)
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