Mar 26, 2014

The Nature Conservancy Releases Reducing Climate Risks Report

The report makes a case for conservation as a tool to reduce risks of a changing climate

The Nature Conservancy California Climate Change Initiative Climate Risks

The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) California Climate Change Initiative released a new report entitled, “Reducing Climate Risks with Natural Infrastructure.” The report draws on experience from nine case studies in California, and makes a case for conservation as an effective tool to reduce risks of a changing climate.

The main conclusions of the report are:

Green infrastructure:

  • Can provide cost-effective flood and coastal protection.
  • Has been demonstrated successfully in a wide variety of settings.
  • Can be designed to adapt to changing conditions.
  • Provides multiple benefits.
  • Can inspire strong local support.

The report was written by consultant Jim Downing and produced by Nancy Crowley in the TNC marketing department. The California State Coastal Conservancy, the Landscape Conservation Collaborative and Pacific Gas & Electric joined with TNC in providing financial support for the project. TNC released the report in December 2013 and shared it with the President’s Taskforce on Climate Preparedness for initial meeting and with the Natural Resources Agency as it collects input on its draft Safeguarding California Plan.