California Wildlife Conservation Board - Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program

California’s Wildlife Conservation Board, within the Department of Fish and Wildlife, is a separate and independent Board with authority and funding to carry out an acquisition and development program for wildlife conservation. The Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program was created by CA Assembly Bill 109 in 2017 to provide $20,000,000 to the Wildlife Conservation Board for local assistance, payable from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), a statewide cap-and-trade program. The program funds are to be used for climate adaption and resiliency projects that will result in conservation and restoration of natural and working lands, and wildlife populations.

Program Funding and Objectives:

  • At least 60 percent of the funds appropriated in this item shall be made available for grants for the acquisition of perpetual conservation easements and long-term conservation agreements that conserve natural and working lands for at least 50 years for the benefit of climate adaptation and resilience for wildlife.
  • The remainder of the funds may also be used to develop and implement natural and working lands adaptation and resiliency planning that prioritizes the conservation and management of natural and working lands, provides technical assistance for natural and working land managers, and supports efforts that improve rural-urban coordination on climate change adaptation.

Program funding is directed toward projects that:

  • Protect and restore ecosystems on natural and working lands to provide climate change adaptation and resilience for wildlife
  • Assist natural and working lands managers in implementing practices that provide climate adaptation and resilience
  • Facilitate the reduction of GHG emissions
  • Increase carbon sequestration in natural and working lands, and provide additional social, economic, and environmental benefits, or “co-benefits"

The intent of this grant program is to fund projects that provide for climate adaptation and resilience consistent with the State’s climate adaptation strategy (Safeguarding California Plan), and contribute to the goals of AB 32 - the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. To receive funding from the GGRF, all proposed projects must facilitate reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and projects that sequester and store carbon are also a priority.


Publication Date: September 18, 2017

Related Organizations:

  • California Wildlife Conservation Board


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  • Funding program

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