Landscape Resilience in a Changing Climate: From Concepts to Action
February 13, 2018
In the Bay Area this past year, the effects of climate change came into full focus as we navigated our way through flooding, record-setting heat waves, firestorms, and an unseasonably dry winter. Based on climate projections for the future, we can only expect more of these patterns and extreme events in the years to come. This raises many questions for open space managers. In a rapidly changing world, how do we prepare the lands we manage to withstand the effects of climate change by building landscape resilience? How do we know if we are protecting, managing, and monitoring the Bay Area’s open spaces appropriately? While managing for ecological resilience has in many ways guided our work up to this point, how do we, as a region, incorporate the latest climate change science into on-the-ground decisions that can add up to long-term resilience? And who are our partners?
Join us at our Gathering on Thursday, March 15, 2018 for a discussion about the challenges and opportunities of incorporating landscape resilience into land conservation practice. In many ways, this is a continuation of a conversation started at the Open Space Conference last year where we heard from panelists about what landscape resilience means and what land conservation looks like through a resilience lens. During the March Gathering, we’ll spend more time on what we are calling the “Resilience Big Five”.
- Climate Change Science: Predictions, analysis, monitoring, and how we define resilience
- Climate-smart Land Protection: Safeguarding wildlife corridors, watershed connections, refugia, and lands optimal for sequestering carbon
- Climate-smart Land Management: Restoring natural water processes, reducing fire-causing fuels, conserving soil moisture, adaptive management, empowering private landowners
- Communicating Climate with the Public: Addressing concerns, communicating solutions, leading by example
- Integrated Climate Strategies: Integrated built and nature-based solutions, creating new partnerships, developing cooperative pathways to work together
- Tom Robinson, Moderator, Director of Conservation, Science, and Innovation, Bay Area Open Space Council
- Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute
- Hayley Edmunston, Climate Resiliency Fellow, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
- Tosha Comendant, Conservation Science Manager, Pepperwood Preserve
- Fernando Cázares, California Manager – Climate-Smart Cities, Trust for Public Land
- Marcel Wilson, Design Director and Principal, Bionic (Resilient By Design Participant)
Our featured speakers will cover the following questions:
- How can the current climate change science be utilized to inform our decisions to reduce climate-related impacts on our Bay Area ecosystems?
- What are ecosystem-based resilience approaches to safeguarding our communities and natural resources from climate change? What are we doing here in the Bay Area?
- How can we combine our efforts and expertise to build capacity to support local decision-making? What do we need to do?
- What is the Resilient By Design Competition and how are designers incorporating natural and working landscapes into their solutions? How can we all work together?
The Gathering will be held at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. Doors open at 9:30am. The program starts at 10am and there will be time for Q&A with the audience. Lunch will be served from 12-1pm. We’ll be using #OSCResilience to talk about the event on social.