Equitably Implementing Natural Climate Solutions Using 3 Interactive Tools
Natural Climate Solutions are a vital component of a comprehensive climate change strategy. In addition to mitigating greenhouse gases, many of these solutions offer important benefits to people and communities. When implementing these strategies, It is necessary to ensure that all communities are able to share these benefits equitably. While recent legislation provides opportunities to expand investment in these nature-based climate solutions in the U.S., strategic planning will be vital to ensure that resources are deployed in a cost-effective, impactful, and equitable manner.
A wide array of free and publicly available tools has been developed by organizations and government agencies to help decision-makers accomplish this task. These tools, which frequently feature interactive maps and downloadable data, can help governments, Native American tribes, landowners and non-profit organizations identify relatively low-cost, high-impact opportunities for implementing Natural Climate Solutions across a variety of different landscapes, including agricultural land, forests, coastlines, and urban areas. In many cases, the tools also outline the additional environmental, social and economic benefits that implementation of these strategies can provide for local communities. U.S. Nature4Climate’s Decision-Makers Guide to Natural Climate Solutions includes a Natural Climate Solutions Toolbox that aggregates many of these tools in one place.
This event will explore how these interactive tools can help advance equitable implementation of Natural Climate Solutions. Speakers from the Hispanic Access Foundation and U.S. Nature4Climate will explore how Natural Climate Solutions can help advance environmental justice in communities across the United States.
After a brief introduction to U.S. Nature4Climate’s Decision-Makers Guide, a panel of conservation practitioners will explore how three tools featured in the Toolbox – American Forests’ Tree Equity Score, Trust for Public Land’s ParkServe Database and ParkScore index, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Restoration Atlas.
The event will conclude with a Q & A session to answer audience questions about these tools and their practical use.