Guidance for Addressing Climate Change in California Coastal Conservancy Projects

The Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program focuses on protecting important coastal resources and habitats from the current and future impacts of climate change, along the California coast and within the San Francisco Bay. The 'Guidance for Addressing Climate Change in California Coastal Conservancy Projects' provides grantees and Conservancy staff clarification, information and resources to assist in understanding and applying the Conservancy’s adopted Climate Change Policy and Project Selection Criteria.

The Criteria’s major topics include 1) addressing project greenhouse gas emissions, 2) vulnerability to sea level rise, 3) vulnerability from other climate change impacts, and 4) monitoring and adaptive management.

The Conservancy’s overall approach to addressing climate change impacts and implementing its Climate Change Policy and Project Selection Criteria In Conservancy-funded projects is to assist prospective grantees in:

  • developing clear project goals and objectives with consideration of climate change impacts at the outset;
  • assessing project vulnerabilities, and the likelihood and means of achieving those objectives under a range of climate change scenarios;
  • developing robust adaptive management strategies and monitoring programs; and
  • identifying, evaluating and incorporating reasonable measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of projects.

CA SB 1066 - 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.

 

 

Publication Date: April 4, 2011

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