DESCRIPTION

Nature-based climate change solutions (NBS) consist of actions to reduce or sequester greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in natural ecosystems in urban, ex-urban, rural, wildland and other environments. These actions include interventions such as directed land use decisions that avoid conversion of open space or agricultural land for more intensive uses, landscape restoration, alternative management for farms and forests, and application of soil amendments. Nature-based solutions confer multiple benefits beyond emissions reductions and carbon sequestration, such as landscape resilience and adaptation, improved air quality, biodiversity and habitat protection, improved water quality and quantity, and reduced impacts of extreme events such as floods or wildfires, jobs, and recreational opportunities. In collaboration with the Nature Conservancy California and China and Tsinghua University, our work focuses on advancing NBS in climate policymaking through research projects, sharing lessons-learned, convening stakeholders, and a webinar series.

PUBLICATIONS

California-China Collaborative Action: A Key Pathway to Accelerate Nature-based Climate Solutions

How can forests, wetlands, and farms provide solutions to meet our climate goals? How do we create and implement policies to support the ecosystems that we depend on to sequester carbon, protect coastal cities from floods and heat waves, and provide us with clean air and water? Answering these questions is at the center of the Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the California-China Climate Institute’s (CCCI) ongoing work to advance nature-based climate solutions (NbS) in California and China.

RECENT ACTIVITIES 

See more events on nature-based climate solutions: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnJTTi79cgf21gS8lD8Bn_sIsjzGZ1XmB

CORE RESEARCH TEAM 

Fan Dai, Jessica Gordon, Ashley Conrad-Saydah

In collaboration with The Nature Conservancy California and China, Tsinghua University and
Professor Iryna Dronova, UC Berkeley