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Land trusts can promote resilience and help priority species, habitats and resources weather the effects of climate change.
“Blue carbon” is the type of carbon that is stored by coastal wetland vegetation such as mangroves, seagrasses and salt marsh grasses. While protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems has a relatively low global mitigation potential due to their small distribution, these ecosystems can store carbon at high rates per hectare.
All of the science, maps and models in the world won’t get us closer to building resilience without land conservation on the ground. Land trusts have been leaders in protecting hard-to-protect places, like fertile lowlands, that provide critical diversity of habitat types. The lessons learned from selecting and preserving lands at scale in a shifting environment will guide our field now and for generations ahead. Thank you for your hard work and ongoing leadership and commitment to saving the lands we love!
In the United States, several land trusts are already engaging in the carbon market. Advocacy efforts that support the development of legal frameworks that enable cap and trade or carbon offsets can further expand these programs throughout the United States and connect to international efforts to decrease carbon emissions through market mechanisms.
By maintaining and sharing resources and continuing to convene and build this network of practitioners, MCHT aims to continue to support ongoing state-wide and region-specific conservation action planning dialogs.
Conserving Nature’s Stage: Identifying Resilient Terrestrial Landscapes in the Pacific Northwest assesses adaptation processes and ecoregions covering 92 million hectares (227 million acres) over portions or all of six states – Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, and Nevada.
This comprehensive report discusses qualities that support resilient terrestrial landscapes and describes in detail the methods used and products produced for all 11 ecoregions, including a geodatabase which contains all the spatial data inputs and outputs.
Definitions for Resilience: Building resilience means establishing a network of resilient habitats that will support a full range of biological diversity under changing conditions.
This OSI fact sheet highlights how a regional conservation partnership is incorporating climate resiliency into conservation efforts at a regional scale.
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) works to restore and preserve natural resources within the watershed. Restoration projects combined with community education and outreach to improve land management practices have yielded measurable water quality improvements. By increasing protection of natural features such as marshes, barrier islands, and ridges, conservation efforts help protect surrounding communities – both ecological and socio-economic – from the impacts of increasingly stronger hurricanes and sea level rise.
Conserving Nature in a Changing Climate offers land conservation practitioners a comprehensive guide to help our nation preserve climate-resilient lands, using insights and real-life examples from OSI’s Resilient Landscapes Initiative; the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative; and an advisory committee of practitioners and experts.